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Automakers Help Force Changes in Alabama Illegal Immigrant Law

Industry riled up after foreign executives detained by police.

by on Apr.10, 2012

The 1 millionth Hyundai Sonata rolls off the assembly line at the maker's Alabama assembly pl.ant.

With two automakers – among the state’s largest employers — adding their weight to rising pressure on Alabama lawmakers, the state is ready to revise a controversial crackdown on illegal immigrants.

The law, which has inadvertently nabbed several foreign executives assigned to plants operated by Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai, has been the target of protest by a coalition of unions and civil rights groups.

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The Business Council of Alabama said it was pleased the state legislature has decided to make changes to a law that crackdown on illegal immigrants. The law requires foreigners to have identification papers with them or face immediate arrest.

“The intent of the immigration law was never to make it difficult for businesses to comply and burden businesses with unnecessary red tape,” the Council said in a statement.”

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Mahindra Disavows Plans for Alabama Pickup Plant

American debut appears to be on indefinite hold.

by on Dec.22, 2011

Mahindra's long-planned U.S. launch of the Pik-Up has been delayed repeatedly.

Indian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra has dismissed, in no uncertain terms, reports it is preparing to build pickup trucks in Alabama with help from Navistar.

The maker recently postponed plans to launch sales of both a pickup and an SUV model, terminating its relationship with an American distributor.  But there has been widespread speculation Mahindra would now try to go it alone and even shift production of the compact truck to the States, hoping to take advantage of the decision by both Ford and Chrysler to pull out of that market segment.

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“There have been reports in certain quarters of media and online space stating that Navistar USA will produce Mahindra’s T20 and T40 pickups in Alabama, USA in 2012, which are completely baseless & incorrect. Mahindra said in statement. “If and when there are any material developments, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited will communicate them directly and transparently.”

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