What would you do if you were suddenly told that your ability to work, send your children to school, enter into any contracts, and travel around your community now means constant fear of deportation and imprisonment? You’d do what thousands of Latinos in Alabama have been doing since last week’s ruling in Alabama—you’d get out of there as fast as you could.
Whether they reside in Alabama legally or not, Latinos are fleeing the state in droves, understandably terrified of living in a state where teachers and employers must now collect information on the status of immigrants and where police are instructed to pull people over if they suspect they are here illegally. The economic ramifications to Alabama—and to other states that may follow suit—are severe. Already, as the stories listed here point out, employers don’t have enough people to do the necessary work, prompting factories and farms to slow down or consider shutting down; restaurants and stores are empty, and public schools will have to consider laying off staff.
Despite the protest of the Obama administration, civil-rights and legal groups, the clergy and educators, this ruling has been upheld in Alabama. Other states, detailed by the Washington Post below, are considering similar repressive motives.
Here’s a roundup of what’s being said about the repercussions of this law.
After Ruling, Hispanics Flee an Alabama Town (New York Times synopsis of major ramifications)
A Lot More Than Just Angst In Alabama (National Council of La Raza reaction and legal implications)
Immigration reform debate: Envisioning society (Salt Lake City Deseret News editorial on long-term dangers of this ruling)
Graphic: ‘Copycat’ immigration laws (Washington Post map/graphic showing which states have similar pending laws)
123 Hispanics withdraw from Albertville schools (Local story in Alabama and commentary about impact on schools)
Churches lose fight over Ala. immigration law (National Catholic Reporter examines church opposition to immigrant ruling)
Hispanic students vanish from Alabama schools (Chicago Sun-Times on implication on Alabama public education)