A statue of Thomas Watson, former Georgia politician who in early years fought for poor famers and the working class, stands behind Rev. Glenna Shepherd, minister of the Decatur United Chirch of Christ, right, as she speaks during a rally against a proposed Arizona-style immigration bill Monday, April 11, 2011 outside the State Capitol in Atlanta. Activist groups delivered a petition Monday that they say has more than 23,000 signatures to Gov. Nathan Deal to urge him to veto the bill that aims to crack down on illegal immigration. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature moved a step closer Thursday night to passing an Arizona-style law that would crack down on illegal immigrants and on employers who hire them.

The Alabama Senate voted 23-11 for the bill that had already cleared the House. Senators changed it to make it almost identical to a measure that passed the Senate earlier this month.

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