On Nov. 16, a European businessman paying a visit to his company’s manufacturing plant near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was pulled over for driving a rental car without a tag. The police officer asked the man for his license, but the only paperwork he had with him was a German I.D. card. Anywhere else in the nation, the cop might have issued the man a citation. Not in Alabama, where a strict new law requires police to look into the immigration status of people detained for routine traffic violations. Because the man couldn’t prove he had the right to be in the U.S., he was arrested and hauled off to the police station. The businessman turned out to be an executive with Mercedes-Benz, one of Alabama’s prized manufacturers [ Bloomberg]Needless to say, but fun to say, the GOP politicians in Alabama who decided that Americans in America should be forced to show their papers on every encounter with the Government just like the people of the Soviet Union had to and that the state government should micro-manage the police because they might otherwise worry about real crimes - those GOP politicians are trying desperately to find a way of blaming someone else for what they did.
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