Alabama city votes on condemning new immigration law

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham city councilors will soon vote on a resolution that would condemn a new law in Alabama targeting illegal immigrants as inhumane.

The resolution by Council President Roderick Royal asks lawmakers to repeal the law and create a commission that could recommend other options. The Birmingham News reports that a vote is scheduled for Tuesday.

Royal said the law is mean-spirited and "morally unacceptable."

The law requires proof of legal residence to get a job, enroll in school or obtain state benefits. It allows police officers to demand proof of citizenship or residency from anyone they stop if there's reason to suspect the person is in the country illegally. It also requires employers to use an electronic database to make sure new hires can work legally.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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