Justice Department: Alabama Law Threatens "Basic Human Needs"

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The U.S. Justice Department called Alabama's immigration law unconstitutional, saying it threatens "the most basic human needs," according to a brief filed Monday with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

"The Constitution leaves no room for such a state immigration-enforcement scheme," the brief said, arguing that Alabama's HB 56 is "clear and deliberate, designed in the language of the legislation's sponsor, to force aliens to 'deport themselves.'"

Meanwhile, Republican senators in Alabama said this week that they plan to make changes to the law by Christmas.

Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, who replaced immigration bill sponsor Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday, said the law had several "unintended consequences" that need to be addressed.

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