Alabama Immigration Law Gridlocks Licensing Process

"A catch-22 in Alabama’s immigration law may be preventing some legal immigrants from getting state licenses to work in a wide range of professions, from nursing to general contracting.  The immigration law, passed in 2010, says that non-U.S. residents must be cleared through a federal database called Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, or SAVE, before they can conduct transactions with government agencies.  But few, if any, of the state’s dozens of professional licensing boards have been cleared to use the SAVE system, said a state official who is tracking those boards’ compliance with the law." - Anniston Star, Oct. 19, 2012.