Ala. city drops immigration law case against Mercedes-Benz exec arrested under new crackdown - The Washington Post Republicans who support the immigration law say it will help create jobs for legal Alabama residents by driving away illegal immigrants, but some business leaders and critics of the law contend similar arrests could hurt economic development in the state by making it a less-attractive location for foreign companies. After Alabama Arrests Mercedes Executive, St. Louis Paper Tries To Poach Mercedes Plant For Missouri | ThinkProgress The St. Louis Post-Dispatch proposed a plan for Mercedes-Benzs SUV plant in Alabama after one of the automakers German managers, Detlev Hager, was arrested under Alabamas draconian immigration law move the factory to Missouri instead. Some business leaders are worried that the extreme immigration law will scare away foreign investors; by 2014, Mercedes will have invested $4 billion in Alabama after opening its first U.S. factory in the state in 1993. And with about 2,800 people employed by Mercedes in Alabama, losing the investment would compound the economic damage the immigration law is already causing in Alabama. ------------------------------------------------------ Didn't we just go through this with Georgia and their losing possibly a billion dollars? Doncha get tired of Republicans and their "unintended consequences"? This is why being "anti education" is bad. "Consequences" don't matter. It doesn't "occur" to them. You can't go after everyone with an accent and try to attract foreign business at the same time without "thought" and "study", two things Republicans find "abhorrent". They need neither, because they have a "gut feeling" and "common sense".