MONTGOMERY — Judge Mark Kennedy, Chairman of the Alabama Democrats, issued the following statement today regarding U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn's decision to uphold much of the Beason-Hammon immigration bill:
"Though we appreciate the serious and thoughtful deliberation with which Judge Blackburn made her decision today, we are disappointed that the Alabama legislature would see fit to pass a bill that could lead to racial profiling and injustice. The legal battle has just begun and we are hopeful that if the ruling is appealed, the appellate courts will take a different path.
"This legislation will put an even greater strain on our already cash-strapped county offices and law enforcement agencies. Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale has raised concerns about the unreasonable burden this bill places on overcrowded jails, and Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan has warned of the devastating impact this bill could have on our agriculture industry.
"It is unfortunate that the Republicans believe the best way to handle this issue is to pass one of the largest unfunded government mandates in Alabama history."