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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