Latino immigrant leaders disappointed with Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signing immigration revision bill
Leaders of immigrant Latino communities from across the state this afternoon voiced their disappointment and anger at Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley for signing a bill that made changes to HB-56, Alabama’s immigration law — a law they would like to see repealed.
“We’re very disappointed as a community,” said Evelyn Servin, with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. “We thought that he was not going to sign this law until those provisions that he spoke about last Thursday were going to be removed. I don’t know what kind of governor we have that actually gives in to the Legislature in power. I thought he had more integrity than that.”
Servin was among more than 50 leaders of Latino communities from across the state at a press conference held near Railroad Park in Birmingham this afternoon.
On Friday, Bentley signed into law House Bill 658, which makes revisions to the state’s stringent immigration law. He had tried to get legislators to make changes to HB-658 and had threatened a pocket veto. Bentley had wanted to remove a provision that mandates school children be asked about their immigration status and a “Scarlet Letter” provision that requires the publication of names of undocumented immigrants who have had matters before the courts.
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