A German manager with Mercedes-Benz is free after being arrested for not having a driver's license with him under Alabama's new law targeting illegal immigrants, authorities said Friday, in an otherwise routine case that drew the attention of Gov. Robert Bentley.
Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steven Anderson told The Associated Press an officer stopped a rental vehicle for not having a tag Wednesday night and asked the driver for his license. The man only had a German identification card, so he was arrested and taken to police headquarters, Anderson said.
The 46-year-old executive was charged with violating the immigration law for not having proper identification, but he was released after an associate retrieved his passport, visa and German driver's license from the hotel where he was staying, Anderson said.
The length of his detainment and the status of his court case weren't immediately known.
If you're trying to attract foreign companies to your state, having a law like Alabama's immigration nonsense is a great way to do it, yes? If I'm an international company CEO considering building a plant or factory or regional office in the US, I just crossed Alabama off my list. Too high of a chance of an international incident.
The best part is I can't wait for the wingnut's explanation for this that goes "Well if all those evil brown people just left the state, we wouldn't need to have this law! This is all their fault!"