Alabama's Draconian anti-immigration law, considered by experts to be the toughest in the country, goes into effect September 1. It already faces numerous court challenges from the U.S. Justice Department, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the ACLU. A few days ago, Birmingham's police chief criticized the law, saying it put an unfair burden on the police force. And now several religious leaders in the state have come together with yet another lawsuit. Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, of Mobile, Alabama, in a letter to area Catholics, said that the new law would make “the exercise of our Christian religion” illegal.
Many religious leaders feel that stringent requirements of the new law will put serious limits on their charitable activities toward area undocumented workers, which they see as an essential aspect of practicing Christianity.