Alabama immigration law recalls darkest moments in history | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

Alabama immigration law recalls darkest moments in history | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk.

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

for The Nationguardian.co.uk,
Tuesday 18 October 2011 16.27 ED

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.

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