Lawsuit filed over mobile home registration - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Lawsuit filed over mobile home registration


Wednesday morning another federal court hearing involving Alabama's immigration law, a class action lawsuit has been filed seeking to stop the Alabama Revenue Department from implementing its requirement for a registration decal for manufactured home owners.

The department is now seeking proof of residency in wake of the immigration law which "forbids, an alien not lawfully present in the United States from entering or attempting to enter into any transaction...with the state or political subdivision of the state."

An attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center filed the suit says it will create hardships for Hispanic families.

"A lot of folks will face a difficult choice come Nov. 30th. Do they take themselves and kids and move to another location. Their kids are gong to school. They are getting their education right now. It will be disrupted by this law," Sam Brooke said.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two undocumented workers in Elmore County. According to the lawsuit, if "[T]he plaintiffs Doe #1 and Doe #2 do not pay the annual registration fee and do not display the current identification decal by November 30th, 2011 they will face fines, penalties and Class C misdemeanor charges."

Gardendale Senator Scott Beason has been subpoenaed to appear at a hearing. He continues to defend the law.

"I think the people see the positive results that are happening in Alabama. Other states that have been contacting my office are going to do the same thing to protect their citizens," Beason said.

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