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September 29, 2011
Alabama's H.B. 56

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Alabama’s racist and inhumane anti-immigration law HB 56 was supposed to take effect, but thanks to a federal judge, the police was blocked — for a few days. It went into effect today, September 29th.

In June, Alabama passed HB 56 by their house and senate and was also approved by Governor Robert Bentley. This law is worse than Arizona’s SB 1070. In Alabama, it is a crime to be an undocumented immigrant; people who look undocumented could be detained; businesses will be punished for hiring undocumented immigrants. It is forbidden for undocumented immigrants to rent property. It is also illegal for anyone to give an undocumented immigrant a ride.

People must understand that undocumented immigrants are not the reason why our economy is getting worse every year. Creating anti-immigration laws is not solving the problem; it is only making it worst. Organization and different groups are suing these laws, only creating more chaos.

The people who are creating or supporting these laws should try to put themselves in the shoes of undocumented immigrants. If they were to do so, they would understand why undocumented immigrants come to this country. They would also not like to have others turn their backs on them and kick them out of this land where people are suppose to feel safe and free.

Like the author of the article, Approaching the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Alabama set to pass the “nation’s cruelest immigration law” said, “Immigrants form the backbone of this country and criminalizing them as a blanket policy will hurt the country in ways that perhaps these officials and politicians fail to foresee.”

This new anti-immigration law is unjust and racist, denying undocumented immigrants public services is like denying a human being the right to live. The cops, looking for those who LOOk undocumented, will be profiling dark-skinned people. In addition, this law directly affects mostly Latino, Caribbean, and other immigrants. The unemployment, poverty, and food insecurity rate for people of color could skyrocket. There’s still be so much racism in Alabama, years after the Jim Crow. Why must there be more division among the people during a growing economic crisis? This policy only cripples civil rights.

It’s obvious that the U.S. has not learned from Jim Crow; this is a new king of segregation. It puts a wedge between documented people and undocumented immigrants. This wedge hurts all people, and we should pressure Alabama to stop this inhumane policy.

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