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City Requires Contractors to Sign Pledge

By Associated Press

Athens, AL – Beginning today (Tuesday), the Athens City Council will require contractors to sign statements saying they are not employing illegal aliens on any city-related projects.

The policy change was approved at yesterday's (Monday) council meeting.

Council President Harold Wales said if a contractor violates the agreement - their contract would be terminated. He said the police department and public works will help enforce the resolution.

A city attorney said its unclear if the council's action would survive a legal challenge because the federal government has sole authority over immigration matters.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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