Alabama is no “sweet home”
The fear and panic in Alabama has become a nightmare for immigrant families now living under the state’s strict anti-immigrant law. But the worst aspect of the measure is taking a serious toll on the state’s schoolchildren.
Last month, U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn upheld major provisions of the new law, which went into effect immediately. The law was passed by large margins in both chambers of the Republican-led legislature and signed by Alabama’s GOP governor, who proudly calls it the “strongest immigration law in the country.”
The law authorizes police to detain people “suspected” of being undocumented immigrants when stopped for any reason. The law also targets children requiring schools to determine the legal residency of students upon enrollment.