Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley admitted the state's new illegal immigration law should be simplified, but area legislators are hesitant to make any changes.

Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance last week that he feels the law was complicated, and he believes it could be simplified, according to The Associated Press.

"It's not a bad bill. It's just somewhat confusing and it's difficult to explain to people," Bentley said.

Albertville Republican Rep. Kerry Rich, who sponsored the bill, and Red Hill Republican Sen. Clay Scofield said they are willing to look at the governor's proposals, but they will not support any measures that will weaken the law.

"I'm all for it if he signs something that will simplify it but will not weaken it," Scofield said. "I wouldn't rule out anything, but I'm not sure what it could be. If they come up with something that will simplify it and make it easier to understand and not weaken it, I'm all for it. But I'll be against anything that weakens the law."

House Speaker Mike Hubbard, of Auburn, and Senate President ProTem Del Marsh, of Anniston, agreed and reportedly said they "see nothing yet that needs tweaking, but they are willing to consider minor changes."

Bentley claimed that he has been working behind the scenes to collect suggested changes from businesses, law enforcement and other groups. However, he wasn't ready to bring the changes out in the open because they might "become fodder for the U.S. Justice Department's legal challenge against the law, and he wants to wait until closer to the next legislative session starting Feb. 7 before disclosing any plans," according to reports.

Federal courts put a stay on some parts of Alabama's immigration law. However, one of the key portions that requires businesses to use E-Verify is still in effect, and Bentley said he does not plan to change that provision.

"I personally don't believe there's anything we need to do to change any of it," Rich said. "I would be very reluctant. I'm not saying I wouldn't look at his proposal, but I would be reluctant to make any changes in it."

Rich attributed much of the confusion with the law to hearsay and misinformation.

"A lot of people have gotten information from the press or other people or whatever, and sometimes that information is not accurate," he said. "I don't see the law as being complicated, and maybe that's because I was involved in it and I think I understand it pretty good. I just don't see that it's all that complicated and all that difficult."

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Dont change a thing . The ones that dont like it get out of Alabama. WHEN ODUMA LOSES AMERICA WINS.


Thanks Rep.Scofield and Rep. Rich for being like our Governor, and standing strong for the HB56 Law. We still have a lot of work to do in Alabama. There are still a ton of Illegals hanging around abusing WIC, Food Stamps, and Medicaid. Only Hispanics that should be here are the LEGAL ones that abide by the law and does NOT abuse public assistance. If they are here, they should NOT be allowed to qualify for any government handouts. HB56, Baby! The best law since sliced bread.


It’s morally correct to look after our own suffering people first, as we have no obligation to foreigners, no matter their motherland? We have thousands of homeless veterans, left to wander in our streets; even single mothers with children, the sick and unwanted. We have our own share of poverty, without being responsible to people who have already scorned our laws. If Pro-illegal immigrant activists think they can intimidate pro-sovereignty entities, as akin to the Dept of IN-Justice is performing the same restraints against Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina—they are poorly mistaken—as there is a building strengthening majority of every walk of life, every American, called the TEA PARTY.

Most Americans respect people who follow the law, but just appearing and asking for handouts—forget it. Even the highest of skilled occupations, must be vetted through FBI, physical and previous employment examinations, sometimes waiting years. Those who illegal cross borders, fly in and overstay have no reverence for our countries people. What is happening right now and adding to our own unemployed is people escaping poverty, the drug dealers and criminals.

In the Austin Daily Herald reports: "There are rumors people are losing their jobs at local plants as well, due to increased hiring scrutiny amid federal immigration programs. Displaced workers who fear being fired and/or deported are going to Arcadia, Wis., to work for the Ashley Furniture plant or to Postville, Iowa, or St. Joseph, Mo., to work at other meat processing plants." Companies that have already violated ICE audits and prosecuted, have seen a large increase of regular Americans and lawful residents, lining-up for jobs—as illegal workers run off.

Out of work Americans and patriotic citizens and residents can speed up this exodus, by promoting the E-Verify mandatory enforcement program, especially if President Obama signs a new directive for a job program in ‘Construction.’ These jobs should be going directly to unemployed workers in these particular occupations. Those not working and want a job should get into action and phone 202-224-3121. This is the Washington switchboard that can direct you to all House Representatives responsible for moving Chairman Lamar Smith's ‘Legal Workforce Act’ (bill H.R.2885) to the house floor. Especially confront the new members sent to Congress by the TEA PARTY. Additionally, you can learn more about the illegal alien occupation, which permeated every community from Vermont to Arizona by going to NumbersUSA web site. Judge for yourself the truth, instead of reading the craftily engineered vitriol propaganda from the two parties.

Become a TEA PARTY member and see what you can do to halt this economic mess, with billions of dollars annually going as free public assistance, to illegal aliens who break our laws. The TEA PARTY will enforce our immigration laws and construct the fence(s) as originally enacted in 2006. Thousands of Hispanics have joined the TEA PARTY, whose families go back generations. Only the households that have something to hide are moving towards the Obama administration. People, who respect the laws of the land, have no commitment to illegal immigration and are adamantly opposed to even their own race, color, faith if they broke the law.

Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) would require 100% of companies—large and small-- to use E-Verify for all new hires within 2 years. This bill would also require all federal, state, and local agencies as well as federal and state contractors/ sub-contractors and critical infrastructure sites to use E-Verify within 6 months. Increase employer penalties and fines for knowingly hiring illegal alien workers. Require the Social Security Administration to send no-match letters to employers if a current employee's name and social security number don't match in their system. Require the Social Security Administration to notify owners of a Social Security number if their number is used multiple times.

The old lethargic propaganda from the Left side of the aisle, that Americans will not do dirty jobs—is a big fallacy—it’s about good wages and benefits. Young men are rushing to North Dakota for drilling operations in an oil bonanza, because they are earning a 100 grand annually. They have created 30.000 jobs and people can get some of the action. It’s cold and dirty work, but nobody is complaining.

Remember Liberals, Democrats and Republicans will concoct any rhetoric, to dislodge any candidates, other than their own chosen favorite. Democrats will manipulate voting using such unpalatable organizations, as ACORN. The activists that run this group, is re-organizing under a different name in New York. Previously they were hiring persons of ill-repute, to register anybody who could sign their name—non-citizens and illegal aliens. Most American states have poor laws respecting the citizens right to vote and Arizona is no exception. With overwhelming numbers of illegal aliens in occupancy, the State Senator who was recalled could have been compromised. Having only to show two pieces of personal ID, such as a utility or water bill, could be manufactured on any computer. With the hasty arrival of the 2012 election, state voters must demand a picture ID, with proof-positive that the owner is a US citizen.

The name of the game from both sides is money and power. More votes for the Liberal Progressives, hidden away under the Democratic veil. Elitist Republicans like the way things on the beltway, as they have always been. Both parties will reclaim the ‘Pork’ and the special interests with the money bundler’s and the never ending stream of financial engineers from ‘K’ Street lobbyists. Only the TEA PARTY established as a majority in the Senate or House can return America to it principle foundations as written into law by our founding fathers.


@ Brittanicus...Amen, to that! Good Post![smile]


I disagree with the law and I'm not moving anywhere. The E-Verify should be the ONLY provision allowed to continue. I doubt anyone can describe what a "suspected illegal immigrant" looks like. They could use this law against someone walking to the store who didn't carry a license. Going through schools is a cheap move also, that means we don't trust our officers to be able to enforce the laws without going through the school system. I believe our law enforcement can handle the illegal immigration problem if they were to enforce the laws already on the books. E-Verify is the answer we were missing and I applaud Rich and Scofield for that provision. However, E-Verify also needs to be used against employers who decide they want to try to hire under the table for less than minimum wage also (which is a big problem in this state). Also, we need to attack employers who are using fraud to not pay unemployment and unemployment insurance. Many employers will bring them back for 5 hours of work so that the unemployed do not get paid enough to feed their family. A true American that has been blessed with the ability to create and run a business, respects and cares for his workers and their families. If you pay a worker minimum wage without a true chance to increase your pay within three months (and not a pesky nickel or dime raise), then expect a minimum effort applied by the employee. The problem with this economy is demand, when so many people are out of work, there is a dramatic reduction in demand. Since Gov. Bentley has taken office, the unemployment rate has went up. Granted the numbers have went down 0.1% over the last month, with the preliminary numbers of Sept. 11 showing another drop of only 0.1%, it is not enough. Hoping our president fails is a terrible thought of any President. I didn't care for Bush trampling our surplus with a lot of unneeded actions, but I never hoped he would fail. This sentiment being resonated by mainly, the tea party, shows the unpatriotic themes of those individuals. The tea Party is a libertarian movement that will split the Republican party right in two, and I'm glad. There are some crooked Republicans that need to be taken out. Democrats too, but mainly Republicans. I think we are on the brink of seeing a new type of politics, one that works for the people, instead of greed interest. is an amendment to get money out of politics. Go and read the amendment, if you agree, then sign.


This new immigration law is about fear and pain. There will always be people who thrive on that. It's sad.

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