Haven't seen a thread on it yet, but it's turned into something pretty controversial. They're definitely the strictest immigration laws in the country. They were passed when republicans reclaimed the super-majority for the first time since Alabama's reconstruction after the Civil War.
I've even seen some reporters from MSNBC and USA Today comparing it to the Jim Crow laws during the Civil Rights movement(Jim Crow laws were the 'separate but equal' thing in the south). I think that's pretty naive of them though; we're just enforcing the laws that the federal government has failed to enforce by cracking down on the illegal immigrant problem in our country.
To summarize the new laws, it requires law enforcement to check peoples immigration status. This includes routine traffic stops. So if you were pulled over for speeding, the police officer will check your immigration status if he suspects you're in this country illegally. The school laws haven't been passed yet, but when they are passed they'll require public schools to check the immigration status of ALL students, not just students with certain skin colors. Same with the worker laws, which will require businesses to check the immigration status of all workers.
I've lived in Alabama my entire life. And to be honest it hasn't really been a very popular place for illegal immigrants(compared to Texas, Arizona, etc). Most of their jobs were farm workers doing hard labor. Roofers, construction, and landscapers mostly look like your typical legal citizens to me.
But since the new law was passed, the illegal aliens have almost completely fled the state out of fear. Now there's thousands vacancies on farms and the farms are starting to hire legal citizens. In my opinion this is a good thing. Unemployed legal citizens seeking employment can now be hired on farms doing hard labor. My cousin actually got one of the jobs on a cotton farm.
I'm just wondering what the rest of you think about it. Since I know there's a lot of liberals on these forums, I'm curious to see how they react since my state is one of the most conservative states in the nation.