Immigration bill debate stalls in Alabama House

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala.- (AP) - The Alabama House is expected to spend much of Thursday debating a bill that makes changes to Alabama's immigration law.

The bill was the first issue on the House's work agenda for the day. The bill makes changes to the law that supporters and opponents have called the toughest crackdown on illegal immigration in the nation.

The bill is being pushed by the Republican leadership in the House and Senate. It is mostly opposed by Democrats. Opponents say the new bill doesn't go far enough to address inequities in the immigration law, which they say encourages racial profiling by police officers.

Debate on the bill immediately stalled early Thursday when opponents began using delaying tactics to keep the House from adopting a work agenda that included the immigration bill.

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