The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral argument today on Alabama's Immigration law as well as Georgia's Immigration law. The question is when will they issue their written opinions? Some are speculating that it will be after the United States Supreme Court rules on Arizona's immigration law, which will probably be early summer. Oral argument before the Supreme Court is scheduled in late March. Others think the opinions will be released prior to that. I will keep you updated when the Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit rule.
Recently, the Birmingham News reported that Immigrants are beginning to trickle back into Alabama. It was reported that since some of the immigration law's provisions were blocked, and the federal government is not engaged in the mass deportation of unauthorized aliens, many are returning to Alabama, although it is more difficult to find jobs.
It will become even more difficult to find jobs starting April 1, when HB 56 REQUIRES all employers in Alabama to use the E-Verify system. As stated in earlier blog entries, E-verify can only be used for new hires, and not for existing employees. Could there be an increase in the hiring of unauthorized aliens prior to April 1 to avoid checking them through E-Verify? Only time will tell.