Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thousands Rally for Repeal of Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

By Seth Hoy, Immigration Impact
November 22, 2011
Thousands gathered outside the historic 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama yesterday to demand the repeal of the state’s harsh anti-immigration law, HB 56. Religious, community and civil rights leaders, as well as a special Congressional delegation, urged state legislators to bring an end to Alabama’s immigration law—a law which continues to slow state businesses, separate families and drive immigrants from the state. The Congressional delegation also held an ad hoc hearing at Birmingham City Hall to hear how the controversial law is effecting state residents, especially the Latino and immigrant communities where, according to Rep. Luis Gutierrez, “the feeling of danger and despair is palpable.” One Congressional member, Rep. Al Green of Texas, commented that the law “deserves to be placed on the trash heap of history.”

During yesterday’s hearing, Birmingham Mayor William Bell told 11 Congressional members that Alabama’s law “smacks of apartheid and Jim Crow laws,” places financial burdens on cities and could force police officers to employ racial profiling. Echoing the mayor’s economic concerns, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona forewarned that much like Arizona’s SB1070, Alabama’s immigration law “is going to hurt the economy and the social fabric of the state.”[...]

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See also:

11/21 "One Family, One Alabama" Campaign Launch / Rally (photos)

Black Leaders Get Closeup View of Alabama’s New Jim Crow

Achtung Baby: Alabama's Immigration Crackdown Causes Arrest of Mercedes-Benz Executive (video)

1 comment:

Immigration said...

Every law has a consequence but we have to check why this law has been created. Surely, Alabama wanted to give more importance first to their legal citizens because it is obvious that illegal migrants are ruining the economy by spending billions to keep these illegals. I have nothing against the these illegals but think about it, they are breaking the law and it should be corrected.