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Dan McCosh
11-22-2011, 04:22 PM
Daimler Employee Arrested, Detained Under Controversial Alabama Immigration Law

Posted on 22 November 2011 by Ken Zino

Detlev Hager was arrested last week under Alabama Immigration Law by the Tuscaloosa, Alabama police after the visiting German, who works for Daimler,was unable to produce the proper identification papers under a controversial new law. As a result, Hager under Alabama Immigration Law went to jail under the latest interpretation of Southern hospitality.

The controversial Alabama immigration law requires that proper papers be carried by foreigners, including employees of firms investing in the state. Daimler, of course, is one of the largest employers in Alabama, with billions invested thus far and millions more money on the way to the deep South.

Hager, who lives and works at least some of the time in Germany, was busted on a routine traffic stop because the rental car he was driving did not have the proper tag. He was eventually released and the charges dismissed the next morning. The Tuscaloosa police department did not respond to requests for comment. His current whereabouts is unclear, as is his legal status.

“This was an unfortunate situation, but police followed their standard procedures. Mercedes-Benz will take steps to educate our visiting business guests and employees stationed in the U.S. of the documentation requirements for the State of Alabama,” said Felyicia Jerald of Mercedes in the U.S.

Daimler opened a huge plant just east of Tuscaloosa for its first U.S. assembly operation 18 years ago. Daimler is now in the process of expanding the manufacturing complex, which now builds the Mercedes-Benz M-Class as well as GL- and R-Class models. More than 125,000 vehicles were produced last year and employment is more than 2,800 in Alabama. Starting in 2014, the Tuscaloosa plant will be one of four global production locations of the successor generation of the current Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Presumably, the new cars will have the proper papers…

Tall Boy
11-22-2011, 04:39 PM
“This was an unfortunate situation, but police followed their standard procedures. …

Well, I guess profiling is out of the picture now isn't it? 1 down, 10 million to go.............

purri
11-22-2011, 09:14 PM
They could have tasered him "as an example".

Dan McCosh
11-22-2011, 11:12 PM
How would you like to be a European tourist today in Alabama?

BrianW
11-23-2011, 12:48 AM
I'd love it!

Canoeyawl
11-23-2011, 11:52 AM
Go to Alabama - go to jail. It is the new business of the state, supporting lawyers, police and auto towing and impound yards not to mention the privatized jails. Let's call it the Jail State. They could put that on the license plates.
Unfortunately, like the much of the rest of the working and producing population in that state, Mercedes may get the message that they are not welcome and simply leave Alabama.

I'm certain that they only set up shop there to take advantage of cheap labor (which is leaving in droves).

Paul Pless
11-23-2011, 11:59 AM
I'm certain that they only set up shop there to take advantage of cheap labor (which is leaving in droves).Your right, but I don't think they (Mercedes and Hyundai) came to Alabama for undocumented workers. They came for the unemployed or underemployed textile workers that lost their positions when their jobs went to Mexico as a result of NAFTA.

Tall Boy
11-23-2011, 12:02 PM
Go to Alabama - go to jail. It is the new business of the state, supporting lawyers, police and auto towing and impound yards not to mention the privatized jails. Let's call it the Jail State. They could put that on the license plates.
Unfortunately, like the much of the rest of the working and producing population in that state, Mercedes may get the message that they are not welcome and simply leave Alabama.

I'm certain that they only set up shop there to take advantage of cheap labor (which is leaving in droves).

Well, seems to me...Go to Alabama - apply for Hagar's job............

rbgarr
11-23-2011, 12:39 PM
I bet some M-B human relations flunkie was up all night dealing with that, now the public relations guys are scrambling to spin it away every direction possible and management is getting their ears burned in German.