Following the incident involving a German executive from Mercedes-Benz that was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama simply because he didn’t have the driving license with him, local authorities are considering the revision of the immigration law.
Pulled over for driving a rental car without a tag, the executive had only a German I.D. card with him, as he had forgotten the driving license and passport in the hotel room. According to the new Alabama immigration law, he had to be arrested and taken into custody. Soon after that, a colleague provided police with all the necessary I.D. and the man was set free.
However, the incident didn’t pass unnoticed. Even though Mercedes downplayed the event, calling it „unfortunate”, some politicians, business owners and citizens consider the law is too strict and damages Alabama’s reputation as a place to do business.
“I was really embarrassed and overwhelmed. Mercedes has done more to change the image of Alabama than just about anything else. We don’t want to upset those people,” state Senator Gerald Dial was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. “It’s being read so broadly that it’s creating an unnecessary burden that nobody ever intended,” Republican state Senator Bryan Taylor agreed.
In the past week, at least six Alabama Republicans have said the legislature should rewrite portions of the new law.