Here are snippets from the press release:
“Alabama will always welcome those who follow the law when they enter our country, but we will not stand idly by and do nothing about those who don’t,” Governor Riley said. “During the past four years, our state has been a leader in a growing national effort to combat illegal immigration, and those efforts will continue and expand.”
The three bills:
Require adults seeking a government benefit from a state agency to be in the country legally. The verification of legal status includes three steps: producing a secure photo identification, having a sworn affidavit and having the application approved through the SAVE program – Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements. SAVE enables government agencies and licensing bureaus to obtain immigration status information on individuals. Senator Beason and Representative Hammon are the bill’s sponsors.
Require employers to attest that they do not knowingly employ illegal aliens before their companies could qualify for state economic development grants or do business with state agencies. Senator Orr and Representative Hammon are the bill’s sponsors.
Require that government entities issue and renew commercial and professional licenses, permits and similar authorizations only for those lawfully present in the U.S. Senator Orr and Representative Hammon are the bill’s sponsors.
This follows Missouri Governor Blunt’s Executive Order on March 6th.
Meanwhile, Utah remains a welcome state offering up lucrative State contracts and economic development funds to businesses encouraging illegal immigration and enabling identity theft.