The top legal official in the U.S. state with the country’s toughest immigration law has suggested throwing out parts of the law after challenges by the federal government and strong protests by rights and business groups.
In his first public concerns about the law, expressed in a letter to legislative leaders obtained by The Associated Press, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said the proposed changes would make the law “easier to defend in court” and “remove burdens on law-abiding citizens.”
The letter sent last week comes as the attorney general defends the law against a federal court challenge filed by about 30 organizations and individuals.
Strange specifically recommended repealing sections of the law that require public schools to collection information on the immigration status of students, and make it a crime for an undocumented immigrant to fail to carry registration.
Both sections of the law are currently on hold after the 11th Circuit temporarily suspended them pending further review. But the law has already had truly tragic effects on young school children in Alabama. Immediately after the law was passed, thousands of Hispanic students either stayed home or withdrew from school altogether, fearful that the new law was going to lead to the deportation of their families.