A Mercedes-Benz manager was arrested by Tuscaloosa police Wednesday after he left his identification in his hotel, the Associated Press reported Friday afternoon. The executive was held until proof was provided that he was in the country legally.
The arrest could be the first such worst-case scenario since the passage of HB56. While Gov. Robert Bentley and Sen. Scott Beason have said that the bill has had no impact on economic development, the possibility of foreign executives being arrested in Alabama is likely to throw cold water on the state’s efforts to recruit international investment.
The governor’s office told the Associated Press that they were monitoring the situation.