An Alabama Senate committee has approved a
bill making several changes to Alabama's immigration law and put the bill in line for debate in the Senate Tuesday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-3 Wednesday, but it made some changes to the version of the bill that won approval in the
House last week.
The committee took out a provision that allowed police making a traffic stop to check the legal status of passengers if police have reasonable suspicion the passengers are in the country illegally.
The committee also added a prohibition against school officials asking children about their parents' place of birth or immigration status.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said he expects more changes in the Senate.
Meanwhile, the United States could see an official
about-face in the coming months in how it confronts illegal immigration if the Supreme Court follows through on its suggestion to let local police enforce the most controversial part of Arizona's immigration law.
Over the last several years, states frustrated with America's porous borders have rejected the notion that Washington is responsible for confronting illegal immigration. Alabama is among those states.
The states have passed a flurry of laws to let local police confront illegal immigration. The Supreme Court is poised in the coming months to let the states know whether they have crossed the line this time.
The justices suggested Wednesday that they're ready to let Arizona enforce its requirement that police officers check the immigration status of people they suspect are in the country illegally.