Alabama’s governor, Robert Bentley, signed into law revisions made to the state’s already controversial immigration statute. Although there seems to have been a volume of negative effects on the state since the Hammon-Beason Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act was originally passed last year, socially and economically, Governor Bentley may have just made a bad situation worse.
The modifications require Alabama schools to collect immigration data from students; the state is now also required to broadcast online all names of undocumented immigrants who appear in court, even if found innocent. Bentley’s goal for rejecting the opportunity to reverse the apparent economic downfall and moral damage that has been caused is unclear. The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a grim warning against Bentley and his Immigration Laws, saying they will have “continuing and lasting” consequences.
Similar to other events in our nation’s history, such as the enforcement of the Jim Crow Laws, the public shaming and exodus of people leads to regret and embarrassment. Hopefully Governor Bentley will make this connection before further damage is done to his state.
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