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Honda worker's immigration charges dropped in US

Case dropped against 2nd foreign auto worker charged under US state's immigration law By The Associated Press

LEEDS, Alabama (AP) ' A judge has dropped immigration charges against a Japanese employee at a Honda car plant in Alabama, the second foreign auto worker who had been charged under a strict new state law against illegal immigration.

The worker, whose name wasn't released, was stopped by police at a checkpoint Monday night.

Police Chief Byron Jackson says the man showed police an international driver's license, a valid passport and a Social Security card that allowed him to work in the U.S. But under Alabama's new law, called one of the United States' toughest, he was required to carry either an Alabama license or a license from Japan.

Jackson says a municipal judge dismissed the case Thursday when the man's attorney presented his Japanese driver's license in court.

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