Alabama immigration law recalls darkest moments in history
History is full of irrefutable evidence that when the economy gets bad, scapegoats are targeted, and the worst instincts of humanity reveal themselves
With the occupations sweeping the country, the failure of the jobs bill and an alleged assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador, the shocking news out of Alabama in the last few weeks has passed – with notable exceptions including the Guardian’s own coverage – without much comment.
Alabama has begun to implement a draconian immigration law (HB56), codifying a new era of fear and racism in our country. HB56 turns Alabama into a police state reminiscent of the old Soviet Union, making it a crime to appear in public without your papers in order. It requires proof of citizenship in routine transactions. Schools need to see papers for children and their parents before fulfilling their core duty of educating children.
In moves worthy of a dystopian late-night B-movie, law enforcement is now required to stop anyone who “appears” illegal.
Read the full story here: The Guardian
- Court Blocks Alabama From Checking Undocumented Student Status (huffingtonpost.com)
- Alabama Immigration Law: Indended to Scare Kids? (blogher.com)
- You: Alabama immigration law supporters claim victory over detention ruling (guardian.co.uk)
- Judith Browne Dianis: Missing: Alabama’s Latinos, Obama Must Act! (huffingtonpost.com)
- Federal Court Blocks Parts of Alabama’s Immigration Law (reason.com)
- Alabama immigration threat: prove your legal status or lose water supply – The Guardian (news.google.com)
- Alabama Immigration Law: Additional Provisions Stayed by the Eleventh Circuit (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law Coming Apart Piecemeal (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Alabama Immigration Law: Experiment To Replace Workers With Unemployed Coming Up Short (huffingtonpost.com)