More Alabama Utility Companies Denying Service To Undocumented Immigrants


At least one water utility company has been requiring customers to prove citizenship after Alabama’s immigration law went into effect, and now two more utility companies have started the practice. Decatur Utilities and Huntsville Utilities both are prohibiting undocumented immigrants from obtaining electric, gas, water or sewer service at their homes. A provision in Alabama’s immigration law makes it a felony for undocumented immigrants to do business with the state, which state-owned utilities are interpreting as preventing them from providing utility service to undocumented immigrants. In an August legal brief, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange claimed the fear of utility companies denying service to undocumented immigrants “has little basis.” The provision is still in effect.