Alabama used Arizona’s immigration law as a basis for its own immigration law HB 56, which is now being challenged in the 11th circuit court of appeals.
Alabama's law has measures saying that it’s a crime if someone fails to carry their immigration papers and it’s a crime for an illegal immigrant to solicit work in the U.S., both of which were struck down in Arizona.
However, Alabama’s law is similar to Arizona’s in that both have the “show me your papers” provision. Soledad O’Brien asks Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange on CNN’s “Starting Point” what reasonable suspicion will look like in his state in relation to this provision.
In order to stop someone, Strange says “you have to have a reason to stop them. You can’t profile anyone. You can’t pick them out because the color of their skin or the language they speak –they have to have violated a law.”
Watch more from Soledad's interview with Attorney General Strange on CNN's “Starting Point” in the clip above.