Hyundai, one of the largest employers in the state of Alabama, has been urged by a group of 15 civil rights organizations and labor unions, including the United Auto Workers and NAACP, to help overturn Alabama's immigration law.

The law was put into effect in September of 2011, and it requires police, among other things, to check the identification and immigration status of anyone detained and suspected of being an illegal immigrant. At least two employees of foreign automakers in Alabama have had run-ins with the police over the law. Wade Henderson, CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said this in a statement:

"We came today as shareholders working within the company to press our case. By [Hyundai's] silence in Alabama, it is acquiescing to a human rights disaster. We hope we will engage leaders in thoughtful conversation about taking steps to repeal this law."

According to Automotive News, Hyundai executives in Korea have "agreed to consider the matter." That doesn't sound particularly meaningful to us, and, for that matter, we're not entirely clear on what the groups expect Hyundai – or Mercedes-Benz or Honda, other large automakers with operations in Alabama – to do about the controversial law anyway.


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      StegRacing@youtube
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Sorry, can't. Busy explaining that seatbelt issues are in fact, not issues."
      Brian Lara
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't listen to nobody, just obey the local law.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        A college degree isn't all it's cracked up to be. Book smarts doesn't necessarily ensure street smarts and common sense. I have met plenty of smart, educated people who appear to lack both. It's especially noticeable when it comes to political issues, and appear no more mature than one with a high school barely a high school diploma. The problem in this case is one sided politics, which discourages the sheepish mentality rather than critical thinking. Illegal immigration would not be the issue were it not for the many years of short sighted thinking on the part of both parties. It appears they only care about short term gains. If believed in what they preach, then both sides would be on the same page It contributes to the environmental and social issues the Democrats point out, while it also leads to the need for the form of governance that the Republicans claim to be against.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          AB really needs an edit button!!! Ignore the above pose because I butchered it!! LOL I have met plenty of smart, educated people who appear to lack both. It's especially noticeable when it comes to political issues, and when those people appear be no more mature than one with barely a high school diploma. The problem in this case is one sided politics, which encourages the sheepish mentality rather than critical thinking. Illegal immigration would not be the issue it is were it not for the many years of short sighted thinking on the part of both parties. It appears they only care about short term gains. If they believed in what they preach, then both sides would be on the same page It contributes to the environmental and social issues the Democrats point out, while it also leads to the need for the form of governance that the Republicans claim to be against.
        kontroll
        • 2 Years Ago
        I sure hope your "other" continent isn't Europe, cause than you are embarrasing me and all the Europeans writing in...by the way, the Americans don't take showers every 3 months like you do cause you would run out of countries...idiot, and yes this is coming from a person whose number of years of education surpasses the number of showers you take in a year...BTW, WTF does idoitcracy mean ...idoit?!
        Email
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yes John Enzo, I can tell YOU have not traveled, and YOU are very uneducated.
      ctsmith1066
      • 2 Years Ago
      When did the Autoblog comments section become a hive for Tea Party types?
        Car Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        You can find your type on Autoblog green. Now go away and put another coat of wax on your Prius....
          ctsmith1066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Car Guy
          Umm... I don't drive a Prius. Don't be so presumptuous.
        Pamela
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        You mean Americans? You know, those people, whose American kids/soldiers are bleeding and dying for you in Afghanistan. Keep taking the side of lawless immoral Illegals and the Traitors who hire them, over American U.S. citizens. See where it gets you in the end.
          ctsmith1066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pamela
          There are plenty of Americans (including myself) who do not ascribe to the Tea Party. There are also plenty of Americans (including myself) who do not support laws like the one in Alabama. There are additionally plenty of American citizens who just happen to be Hispanic that will be subject to unreasonable searches, seizures, and harassment that is sanctioned by laws like the one in question.
        Dennis Clouser
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ctsmith1066
        ctsmith1066 - it's for Legal American Citizens, all are welcome!
      ctsmith1066
      • 2 Years Ago
      The law violates the 4th Amendment by sanctioning unreasonable seizures and searches, and violates the 14th Amendment by creating a de facto racial classification for enforcement and otherwise discriminates against certain classes of people (see: equal protection). I'm amazed at how readily people who basically worship the Constitution actively defend practices that clearly violate it. And yes, businesses such as Hyundai should lobby the state government to reverse this clearly racist law.
      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok. lets see. Go to other country dont pay taxes use schools without paying use hospital without paying get aid without paying send money back to home country sounds fair then people complain that schools and hospitals are overcrowded and that their wellfair check is to small or they cannot get a job makes perfect sense to me I have no problem with imigration if you are going to try to pull your own weight. If you are motivated enough to work hard and get the job, become a citizen and pay taxes. When the country was born most did not come over and get a free ride. Those people worked hard. and don't fool yourself many people were turned away then and now. it sounds cliche, but freedom is not free, nor is respect
        Toddley
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chirowolf
        Illegal immigrants pay taxes. Sales tax, property tax, etc. They don't pay income tax, but most of them wouldn't pay income taxes anyway since they make so little money.
          Dennis Clouser
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Toddley
          ILLEGALS receive much more than they pay in, they've broken our laws!!!
        MegaManX
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chirowolf
        Most of the illegal's are hard workers that just want a better life & are attracted by greedy business's that entice them to cross a mostly un-secure border.. hold their illegal status against them for lower pay but hey, it sure beats the hell out of thinking whether or not your neighborhood will get shot up by El Chapo because of a drug deal that went sour... (Most of which goes on because the majority of the cartel's profits come from supplying the US with drugs). Mexico needs to better their education system for the newer generations and their government needs to stop being so ******* corrupt which is another reason why its people get into the drug business. If there was a less corrupt government; that provided better opportunities for it's people & also a better education so that those same people can provide a opportunity for themselves than maybe they wouldn't have this mini civil war that's going on in their country. Also, we have to do our part and educate people about drugs. At this point I don't really know about legalization.. maybe marijuana but the social implications of that will probably depend on the overall education status of the people here. Always try to put love between you and another human being above all drugs and if your doing a drug that rivals that pleasure or exceeds it than you might wanna reconsider doing it. If you have both then always put more priority to your friend. Always remember though that whatever Illegal drug you use, your purchase has a possibility of funding this little civil war that Mexico is having at the moment.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Labor unions looking for help from Hyundai who located its plants in the south to avoid labor unions. Priceless.
        Pamela
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        If the corrupt corporate elite, can't outsource our jobs to get cheap labor, they will just bring the cheap labor, here. Appalling.
        billfrombuckhead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        They're not looking for help, the UAW/NAACP/SEIU are forcing Hyundai to choose between Hispanics or supporting the state of Alabama's racist laws. This is wedge issue 101 politics right out of Republican's Lee Atwater handbook. Republicans once again hoisted on their own petard.
          WillieD
          • 2 Years Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
          They aren't racist laws. It just so happens that most illegals come from Mexico so they are the ones that get the most focus. You need to be more realistic.
      NoBS
      • 2 Years Ago
      This law is in no way a violation of human rights! Maybe some of you should actually read the law before making totally unfounded and totally incorrect comments. If you don’t have a valid US driver’s license you need to present some form of ID showing you are in the country legally, such as a passport. If you think that is a violation of human rights, then you have NEVER left our country, because that is standard practice in just about any other country. I also think it is funny how liberal Americans are going crazy over this law, but none of the foreign companies really care. You know why, because it is the same rules they would have to follow at home, so it is not a big deal to them. All the information I have received shows they love it in AL or anywhere else in our country. They are amazed you can drive from state to state without going through armed check points, etc. A lot of them also enjoy going to our gun ranges whenever they are visiting, since they don’t have the same gun rights back home. Imagine that…. And as for the people working in the plants, I’m sure there are some that don’t like it, but I honestly haven’t found anyone that works at one of the plants that doesn’t like working there or thinks it is a horrible environment. Let’s try to think America… And I agree this is a car blog, no place for this totally political article.
      sam
      • 2 Years Ago
      They need to pass this type of law in all states. Jobs need to go to legal workers.
        Patrik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sam
        Oh Sam don't you realize the jobs the illegals take are the ones no American citizen will have? If it weren't for the illegals you wouldn't have food on your table.
      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      I try to stay out of Alabama when I can, it happens to be one of the most hostile places on earth to those that are not, White men over 50.
      dave and mary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Our forefathers died for this country. For what now? To give it all away to a group of people who will be legalized one day because of just sheer numbers. I'm sorry for the families of lost ones. I'm sorry for the folks who went thru trevail to become legal - only to see the USA fighting within it's own borders to remain soverign.
        billfrombuckhead
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dave and mary
        Americans stole the land from the Native Americans. The Spanish were here first. Mexicans=mixed Native Americans and Spanish. Tea Party=hypocrites
          • 2 Years Ago
          @billfrombuckhead
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        Pamela
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dave and mary
        Don't worry. This Illegal Alien Invasion, is going to cause a war, here. It cannot be helped. Thanks to all those, who support the lawless immoral Illegals. More Americans will have to die, to undo, what Traitors have done.
          billfrombuckhead
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pamela
          Don't forget about the smallpox blankets, Presidents not enforcing Supreme Court edicts in favor of Native Americans, genocide and endless broken treaties in general. My forefathers on both the German and Scots-Irish sides of my dad family paid immigrants to take their place in fighting for the Union against the Southern fascists in the Civil War. Pamela don't worry, there are plenty of Mexicans and other foreigners with sketchy backgrounds fighting in America's military.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pamela
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      Buzz Mills
      • 2 Years Ago
      this has nothing tat all o do with civil rights this has to do with being illegal in America and being illegally employed in America it's as simple as that
        Patrik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Buzz Mills
        Just so you know the ******* State Troopers in Alabama pulled over a VP from Honda Japan for no reason other than to hassle him for his immigration papers. And because he didn't have two forms of ID he was taken into custody. They did the same thing to a Hyundai executive. Since when has this country had a immigration problem with Asians? This has nothing to do with being illegally employed in America. It has everything to do with xenophobia and the countless other phobias the majority of Alabama citizens have. And I should know. I escaped from behind the Cotton Curtain 17 years ago.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Patrik
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          nsxrules
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Patrik
          You are a full if you believe that the excutive got pulled over just because of his race...... That was a SECONDARY issue.
          Pamela
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Patrik
          So, your people are lawless immoral Illegals? Those are the people you support, not the American children/soldiers bleeding and dying for you in Afghanistan? You need to carry a sign, to welcome our troops home saying: I supported Millions of Invading Illegal Aliens, while you were fighting and bleeding for me in Afghanistan. Boy, that will go down real good. I would love to be there, to see it.
        Dennis Clouser
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Buzz Mills
        Exactly!!!! Others on here will try to bring in racism or human rights to muddy the water but that's not what the UAW is whining about, it's a few illegals!!!
          Pamela
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dennis Clouser
          No. It is Tens of Millions of Illegals. The USA is not a race, or ethnicity, it is a Sovereign Nation with 310,000,000 U.S. citizens, whose ancestors and American kids/soldiers, have and are bleeding and dying in Afghanistan. They are not fighting a war on foreign soil, so that lawless immoral Illegals can invade us, here at home. Anti-American bigots feel it is perfectly okay for American kids/soldiers to bleed and die for this America, but deny them jobs in America. Disgusting. I would say treason.
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