Immigration Law Changes Address Religious Concern

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Legislation being pushed by the governor and other Republican leaders to revise Alabama's immigration law addresses some of the concerns raised by religious organizations that the law unfairly restricted their work.

The governor's legal adviser, Cooper Shattuck, said the changes should alleviate concerns about religious organizations ministering, providing food or offering other services to illegal immigrants.

He said the changes clarify that religious
organizations don't have to verify the legal residency of people they serve.

An attorney for an Episcopal bishop challenging the law in federal court, Kitty Rogers Brown, said the changes are a sign that state officials are listening to religious leaders, but the changes don't go far enough.

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