Friday, November 18, 2011
Some Senate Republicans starting to realize Alabama's overreaching immigration law is a mistake
Published: Friday, November 18, 2011, 5:45 AM
By Birmingham News Editorial Board
The Republicans' solid wall of support for the state's toughest-in-the nation immigration law cracked last week when Gov. Robert Bentley told hundreds of business and elected leaders at a Birmingham Business Alliance luncheon that the law needed to be simplified.
No doubt, that wall of support cracked more when reports surfaced that industry recruiting had been harmed by the all-too-familiar image Alabama political leaders projected by supporting the harsh law. This week, the Senate leadership announced Senate Rules Committee Chairman Scott Beason was unceremoniously removed; Beason is one of the immigration law's two main sponsors, and his name is part of the law's official title.
The campaign to change the confusing, overbearing law gained momentum after Beason's replacement as chairman of the Rules Committee, Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, announced Republican senators are compiling a list of changes that need to be made to the law. Read Full Editorial