Alabama has been in the news recently for laws recently passed restricting the rights of undocumented and illegal immigrants. Part of the law made it illegal to enter into contracts with undocumented or illegal immigrants. The U.S. Department of Justice charged that this portion of the law might be unconstitutional, citing, in part, that it could prevent illegal aliens from receiving power and water services.

Indeed, Decatur Utilities, which provides power and water services for over 164,000 Alabama residents, announced recently that it will double-check the immigration status of all its customers and cut off service to those found to be illegal.

If the law is upheld, Decatur Utilities actions could set a precedent for the denial of basic services to undocumented and illegal immigrants in America.

Read the full article at the Decatur Daily.