Its official. On Thursday, Alabama’s HB 56 went into effect. Students enrolling into public schools will have disclaim their state authorities will be able to question people suspected of being undocumented.
Students having to let their status revealed are cruel because it’s invading their privacy and taking away the comfort that is build between a student and his/her teacher who is supposed to make them feel safe and welcome. It is also taking away a fundamental human right – that everyone has the right to free education regardless of their documentation. How can you want kids to stay in school, when states decide to enforce a law that is telling them that they are not wanted in school and that they do not belong in there, like if they were animals? This policy is turning schools into immigration authorities. schools are increasingly becoming an institution to spread fear and obedience to authority, not a nurturing learning environment.
Undocumented immigrants living in Alabama understand that this is really discriminating and humiliating because children are being basically denied the right to an education and to be able to be a part of the state of Alabama.
This law is also affecting agricultural businesses because they are losing money by not having enough workers on their field, harvest their crops, sending them out to other states.
On Wednesday, Judge Sharon Blackburn ordered some parts of the law to be blocked – for now. Some of these parts are: (1) it’s a crime for an undocumented immigrant to ask for job; (2) it’s a crime to give an undocumented immigrant a ride; (3) fed have the authority to verify a person’s legal status.
Alabama Immigration Law Leaves Schools Gripped by Uncertainty. By: Stacy Teicher Khadaroo Published: October 2, 2011