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Alabama Bans Water Service for Undocumented Immigrants

| by Michael Allen

AL.com reports that one provision of Alabama's recently enacted immigration law, HB 56, makes it a felony for an undocumented immigrant to attempt to do business with Alabama’s state-run water agencies:

An alien not lawfully present in the United States shall not enter into or attempt to enter into a business transaction with the state or a political subdivision of the state and no person shall enter into a business transaction or attempt to enter into a business transaction on behalf of an alien not lawfully present in the United States.

A violation of this section is a Class C felony, punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Allgood Water Works in Blount County, Alabama, is carrying through with the law. Customers must have “an Alabama driver’s license or an Alabama picture ID card on file” by the date that the immigration law went into effect, otherwise, they risk losing their water service.



In addition to Allgood, Montgomery Water Works Board and Sewer Authority started requiring customers to prove their legal status on Sept. 1 (when the law was slated to go into effect), but stopped after being told that a federal judge had temporarily sus­pended implementation of the state law.