Executive Arrested Under Alabama’s Immigration Law Wasn’t Even Hispanic
Alabama’s draconian anti-immigration law has appropriately cleansed the state of brown-skinned immigrants, but has its enforcement gotten out of control? The recent arrest of a non-Hispanic, German Mercedes-Benz executive suggests that it has.
The unnamed executive, who is a manager with the car company, had been visiting Alabama on business and driving a rental car when police stopped him for not having a tag. He had his German identification with him, but when asked to produce a driver’s license, the man told the officers that he didn’t have one. He was arrested and charged for being foreign in Alabama driving without a proper ID—a violation of Alabama’s newish immigrant law—and released only after his colleague showed up at the dungeon where he was being kept and showed police his passport and other foreigner papers.