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The Disastrous Consequences of Alabama’s Anti-Immigration Law

The Disastrous Consequences of Alabama’s Anti-Immigration Law


By Progress League

In June 2011 Alabama passed the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, H.B. 56. The law, which took effect in late September, lives up to its billing as the nationís toughest immigration bill and goes well beyond the Arizona law (S.B. 1070) on which it was based.

H.B. 56 requires schools to check and report the immigration status of their students and bars undocumented students from postsecondary education. It instructs police to demand proof of immigration status from anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally, even on a routine traffic stop or roadblock. It also invalidates any contract knowingly entered into with an illegal alien, including routine agreements such as a rent contract, and makes it a felony for an unauthorized immigrant to enter into a contract with a government entity. Finally, it goes beyond any previous legislation by effectively making it a crime to be undocumented in the state.

This law has numerous negative consequences for Alabama including the following:

  • Loss of up to $10.8 billion of Alabamaís GDP
  • Loss of 140,000 jobs
  • Loss of $264.5 million in state tax revenue

However, probably the greatest loss is the social and civil rights of those living in Alabama. On the first Monday after H.B. 56 went into effect, 2,285 Latino students did not show up to school. Is this really the Alabama that Alabamians want?

Watch this video to hear the answer:

This post was originally published by Progress League.


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7:02AM PDT on May 14, 2012

I was stationed in Huntsville Alabama for 6 months in the late 50s. One day I went to Birmingham with a black friend and we got on a bus. We were forced to sit in the back and the names we were called by ordinary folks were the most disgusting garbage I'd ever heard. I'm dead certain that we would have been murdered if we hadn't been in uniform.

I see nothing much has changed there.

11:25PM PDT on May 12, 2012

And besides, are of one Earth!!!
Forget political borders!!!

What would those Far Right freaks think of next?
Outlawing long hair, wild fashions, and rock-n-roll??????
Alabama's politicians need to get themselves a friggin' life!!!

11:22PM PDT on May 12, 2012

Until Alabama stops dwelling in the repressive 1860's
and starts welcoming people of all nations,
regardless of color, and creed, etc.,m
I'm boycotting the state and their products!
I will not associate with any state
that condones oppression!!!

3:33PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Thank you Marjorie L. for telling it how it really is. All the ignorant racists out there desperately need to get a clue. Spread LOVE, not hate, people.

5:04PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Sandy E. might want to get all of the facts so as to avoid making such fallacious statements.

4:50PM PST on Feb 27, 2012

What is so wrong with Mexico and since when is it our problem? We are losing a lot more by NOT getting the illegels OUT of the country.

6:41AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Has Alabama learned yet? Sounds like all the predicted economic impacts that actually hurt citizens and business have come to pass...........

10:40PM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Terri Lynn M., if and when Americans can themselves supply a sufficiently large source of cheap labor, or are willing and able to bear the price of much more costly legal labor, then we'll talk.

In the mean time, you can't have it both ways.

10:28AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Well, this was going to happen eventually, just didn't know where it would hit first...
On the one side you have a bunch of politicians claiming to be Christians just to get the Christian vote, and on the other side, illegal Christians who are truly living day to day on faith.
So, as history has taught us before a hundred times over (and the Bible teaches this also), the ones who have the most power, i.e. the make-believe Christian politicians who are deceivers and who are clothed in sheep's clothing and creep into our homes in the darkness of the night to steal our votes, are passing laws to have the real Christians kicked out of the country.
Go ahead, Alabamy, kick out the illegal immigrants and you'll lose half your true believers who are truly trusting God for every loaf of bread they're gifted with every day of the week; and then see what state your state will be in.....

12:09AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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