Alabama immigration law opponents urge Democrats to vote against revised bill
Alabama Republican lawmakers announced a bill last week that would revise the state’s immigration law. Opponents of the law aren’t impressed, and are pushing Democrats in the state house to vote against the bill.
The amendments to Alabama’s H.B. 56, which allows government officials to inquire about immigration status in a number of situations, are meant to address concerns from the business, faith and law enforcement communities.
But some of those changes would expand police powers to make arrests or inquiries about immigration status — the opposite of the changes many rights groups that are critical of the law had requested. The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice Leaders, a group of organizations that oppose the law, are encouraging Democrats in the state legislature to hold out for a better bill to amend the law, representatives told reporters on a press call Tuesday.
“We continue to see the fear in the economy … We know that [the proposed revision bill] is not going to do anything but continue to target [undocumented immigrants],” Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, said on the call. “We have got to push back and not even consider a tweak, but a total repeal of H.B. 56.”
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