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Author of Ala's tough immigration law offers revisions to sections put on hold by the courts
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) ' The sponsor of Alabama's tough immigration law has introduced legislation that he says revises some provisions, but doesn't weaken the bill.
The Justice Department, churches and businesses have all challenged the wide-ranging law that requires police to determine citizenship status during traffic stops and government offices to verify legal residency for everyday transactions.
Republican Rep. Micky Hammon of Decatur offered the revisions Thursday in the House. He said they will "make the law more workable for local governments, more enforceable for state and local police, and less burdensome for law-abiding citizens and businesses."
The bill removes two sections put on hold by federal courts. One prohibited illegal immigrants from attending college in Alabama and another required public schools to check the legal residency of new students.