The Alabama House overwhelmingly passed, 73-to-28, an E-Verify measure on Tuesday that requires all businesses to check new hires through the system. The bill also allows police officers to check the immigration status of individuals detained or arrested and requires verification of citizenship before receiving public services.
The bill now moves to the state Senate for its consideration.
"We cannot allow Alabama to become a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants," Rep. Micky Hammon, a Republican who sponsored the bill, told the House.
The bill received much resistance from pro-amnesty groups, including some major business organizations, but the margin of the vote sent a clear message of the House's commitment to ending illegal immigration in the state.