Birmingham Business Alliance Immigration Law Update

Submitted by Jennifer Gowers on Tue, 12/06/2011 - 15:13


Birmingham Business Alliance

Calls for Significant Revisions to Immigration Law


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – December 6, 2011 – The Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) Tuesday called on the Alabama legislature to significantly revise the state’s controversial immigration law during the upcoming 2012 legislative session. Employers from around the seven-county Birmingham region have expressed concerns about the new law and the unintended consequences it has imposed on employers, particularly those already struggling in an uncertain economy. Furthermore, business leaders believe the law as currently written does not reflect the values of fairness and compassion embraced by Alabama citizens.

"The BBA believes it is important to enact immigration laws that can be administered in a fair and even-handed way. Revisions to the current law are needed to ensure that momentum remains strong in our competitive economic development efforts," said James T. McManus, chairman of the BBA and CEO of Energen Corp. "We value the leadership of Governor Bentley in acknowledging that simplification of the law is necessary. We also appreciate the willingness of the legislative leadership to improve the law. We stand ready to work with all of them to develop revisions to the statute that will preserve our ability to grow Alabama’s economy and create jobs."

The BBA is concerned that the law taints the image and perception of Alabama, both nationally and internationally; that penalties on businesses and individuals violating the statute are uncertain and in some cases unreasonably severe; and that limited resources at a local level make enforcing the law a burden on struggling governmental entities.

The Birmingham Business Alliance is a dynamic advocate, unifying voice and constant catalyst for economic development and business prosperity for the Birmingham region. The BBA was formed in July 2009 through a merger of the Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Development Board.

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