Seminar will discuss immigration law

Published 10:40pm Saturday, October 8, 2011

By Robert Hudson

The Selma Times-Journal

With Alabama’s New Immigration Law recently going into effect, the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce is looking to keep local businesses and taxpayers informed about how the law affects them.

The Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce will hold a free immigration seminar Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Dallas County Farmers Co-op community room at 7:30 a.m.

Executive director of the chamber Sheryl Smedley said the seminar will not only inform businesses of the immigration law’s effects, but also consumers.

“The immigration law affects not only the business law, but the consumer,” Smedley said. “It’s just like what happened with the driver’s licenses, I don’t think anybody, when they first heard immigration law, realized the impact.”

The instructor for the seminar will be Carol Armstrong, an attorney who specializes in immigration.

“We wanted to have an opportunity for our community to get versed in information on what is this new law and how does it affect you the business owner,” Smedley said.

Smedley said one example of something that will be talked about at the seminar is the E-Verify system which will requires all Alabama employers to use the system by April 1, 2012, which verifies if an employee is eligible to work in the United States.

Smedley said it’s important that people come out and receive information from someone who specializes on immigration like Armstrong.

“I think it’s important because it’s an opportunity to get first-hand information from a professional,” Smedley said. “It’s an opportunity to get first-hand information especially for people in human resources because there’s just so many logistics to this new process.”

Registration and continental breakfast for the seminar will begin at 7:15 a.m. that morning.

To register, call the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce at 875-7241.

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