MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature has passed an Arizona-style bill to crackdown on illegal immigration.
The House voted 67-29 and the Senate25-7 Thursday in favor of a compromise version of the proposed legislation. The House and Senate initially passed different versions.
The version approved by the House had been worked out by a conference committee.
The sponsor, Republican Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur, said the compromise restores language in his original bill calling for employers to use a federal system called E-Verify to determine if new employees are legally in the United States.
The bill also makes it a crime to transport or harbor illegal immigrants. It prevents cities from passing laws that would protect illegal immigrants in their cities.
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