U.S. reps to visit Alabama to talk about immigration law

U.S. reps to visit Alabama to talk about immigration law

November 21st, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

A delegation of Democratic members of Congress is set to visit Alabama to hold a hearing on the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

The group of 11 lawmakers plans to hold an ad hoc committee hearing Monday afternoon at Birmingham City Hall.

Mayor William Bell, Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale and Birmingham school superintendent Craig Witherspoon are among the officials set to address the congressional delegation. Immigrant rights advocates and illegal immigrants are also set to speak.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois also plans to speak at the launch Monday evening of the "One Family, One Alabama" campaign to repeal the law.

Alabama's law requires police to detain anyone who can't prove they are in the country legally and prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving government services.