No water or power for illegal immigrants

Decatur Utilities now prohibits illegal immigrants from obtaining electric, gas, water or sewer service, an official said Friday.

Section 30 of the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act requires the state and its political subdivisions to confirm that individuals conducting "business transactions" -- which the law defines to mean "any transaction" -- are legally present in the United States. The law makes it a felony for a legal resident to enter into a transaction with the state or its subdivisions on behalf of an undocumented immigrant.

In this Decatur Daily article, ACPP's Stephen Stetson says that denial of utility services under Alabama's anti-immigrant law will hurt vulnerable families, just as the law intends.

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