On Thursday, June 9, 2011, Governor Bentley signed what is being called the toughest immigration bill in the country. Although I have not seen the actual bill signed into law, it is my understanding that the bill will require the following:
1. All businesses to use the e-verify system. The effective date of use will be sometime in 2012.
2. Provides defenses for businesses who use the e-verify system, including an affirmative defense against business penalties and prevents lawsuits against businesses who terminate employees based on a final non-confirmation determination.
3. Creates criminal misdemeanors for aiding and abetting illegal aliens and hiring illegal day laborers.
Once I receive a copy of the bill, I will update you with more details.
Of course, this bill will probably be challenged in court, and the outcome is uncertain. If a lawsuit is filed, the court may stay it's implementation until the case is resolved.