The New York Times reports that several Alabama legislators and officials are having second thoughts about the state’s controversial immigration law. Some are calling for tweaks, while others are asking for outright changes. The law remains popular among residents, so it’s not likely that it will be repealed entirely, in spite of the reported impacts. In the month and a half the law has been in effect, those impacts have included a lack of workers to harvest farm crops, due to people fleeing the state. Critics have also called the law big government at its worst, because, depending on legal interpretation, it requires proof of citizenship for any transaction between a person and the government, from water bills to paying property taxes.
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Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.