Posted on October 5, 2011

First Person Charged with Violating Ala. Immigration Law

John Shyrock, WSFA (Montgomery), October 5, 2011

Alabama’s controversial new immigration law is less than a week old and officials say they’ve already made their first arrest for its violation.

A man identified as a Yemeni national was arrested after he could produce no immigration papers. The 24-year-old, Mohamed Ali Muflahi, was taken into custody in Etowah County during a drug raid Friday.

The Gadsden Times newspaper reported that the Sheriff’s Office also seized illegal weapons and other items deemed dangerous.

After learning of the arrest, several Alabama state senators drafted a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding the Justice Department drop its legal challenges to the state’s immigration law.

{snip} The letter requests that Holder launch an investigation into how a citizen of Yemen settled in Alabama without detection or documentation.