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Alabama officials on Wednesday revealed that another foreign auto worker has been caught by state authorities. Alabama has the toughest immigration law in the nation, which recently went into effect.
The Honda worker, who was on assignment at the Lincoln, Alabama, factory of the company, was issued a citation.
The tough immigration law of Alabama requires drivers to produce proper identification during routine traffic stops. People who are suspected of being in the United States illegally can be detained.
Ted Pratt, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama spokesman, said, “We understand he is working with authorities to resolve this matter.” He identified the auto worker as “a Japanese associate on assignment.”
Just last week, Detlev Hager, a German executive, was arrested by authorities when he failed to produce a driver’s license or passport. However, according to the sheriff’s office in Tuscaloosa, charges against Hager have already been dropped.
The Alabama immigration law, which is widely perceived as the toughest measure of any state on illegal immigration, requires authorities to detain people which they suspect of being in the country illegally if they fail to show proper documents when stopped for any reason.
Last month, a U.S. appeals court has blocked the state from enforcing some provisions of the new law, including a controversial section that allows Alabama to require public schools to verify the legal residency of students upon enrollment.
However, Alabama businesses, particularly those in the agriculture industry, have expressed their objections against the law, saying that it has caused extensive desertions of mainly Hispanic workers from the state.