Comment: Failure of Alabama Immigration Law
In 2011, Alabama passed a draconian immigration law (HB 56) that outlawed renting to undocumented immigrants, required police to arrest suspected immigration violators, used schools to identify undocumented immigrants and made even charity towards them a crime. MSNBC reports how the harshest immigration state law failed.

But two years later, HB 56 is in ruins. Its most far-reaching elements have proved unconstitutional, unworkable, or politically unsustainable. Elected officials, social workers, clergy, activists, and residents say an initial immigrant evacuation that roiled their communities ended long ago… Politicians, tired of complaints from business, police, religious leaders and more, quickly called for changes. “I’ve learned in life that if you make a mistake, you should be man enough to admit it,” Republican state senator Gerald Dial… Seven months after the law went into effect, the state legislature passed a round of revisions… But as provision after provision fell, it became clear that the original goal of the law - to expel the state’s undocumented immigrants - was not going to happen… In an effective act of surrender, Alabama settled its various lawsuits in October 2013 and coughed up $350,000 to cover their opponents’ legal bills… initial exodus of immigrants after HB 56 took effect was short lived.

The patchwork of state legislations attempting to fix nations immigration laws has not worked. Anti-immigrationist attempt to control immigration through draconian laws has proved unconstitutional, un-implementable, and unpopular. It is time for the House to live up to its responsibilities and to fix nations broken immigration system. Please let us know your thoughts by writing to us at

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