Mercedes Benz Manager Victim of Alabama Immigration Law
Mercedes Benz has an assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, Al. One of the company's managers from Germany came to Alabama on business. He ended up in jail for violating Alabama's new immigration law. Why? His rental car was stopped for not having an appropriate tag and he didn't have his driver's license on him, only his German identification card.
Alabama's new immigration law requires police to check citizenship status when conducting a traffic stop. Anyone without proper papers gets arrested.
"If it were not for the immigration law, a person without a license in their possession wouldn't be arrested like this...." Previously, drivers who lacked licenses received a ticket and a court summons....
The manager was released when an associate brought his passport and German driver's license to the police department.
What a stupid law. Not being in possession of a driver's license should result in a ticket, not an arrest. [More...]
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