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Alabama Immigration Law

Recorded on November 22, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

In just one month after starting a crackdown on illegal immigrants in the workforce, the state of Alabama has seen more legal workers people get jobs. The state's unemployment rate improved by half a percent, and every county benefited.

Yet the law is not in full force, because the federal government has obtained a court order blocking parts of the state law.

A single month is too soon to be conclusive, but it's possible that Americans are taking the jobs that had been filled by illegal workers—which was a major goal of the crackdown. Meantime, reports indicate that illegal immigrants keep moving out of the state, and fewer foreign students are showing up at the public schools.

But that news has not changed the mind of the Obama Justice Department, which continues trying to get rid of the Alabama law.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.