Ala. gov, lawmakers to work on immigration changes

By PHILLIP RAWLS | December 9, 2011 | 2:30 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor says he is working with legislative leaders on a bill to clarify and simplify the state's tough immigration law.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday they want to eliminate unnecessary burdens on legal residents and businesses and protect faith-based services while ensuring that everyone working in Alabama is legal.

Bentley says he and legislative leaders expect the bill to be ready for the next legislative session in February.

Bentley also says state leaders are reaching out to global industries to reassure them that Alabama is as welcoming as it has always been.

His announcement follows concerns from the Birmingham Business Alliance and others that the immigration law is damaging Alabama's international image.