MONTGOMERY, AL-An editorial in Sunday’s New York Times slammed Alabama’s immigration law, calling it the nation’s “cruelest immigration law.”
The editorial criticized the law as a:
“… sweeping attempt to terrorize undocumented immigrants in every aspect of their lives, and to make potential criminals of anyone who may work or live with them or show them kindness.”
The editorial described the various lawsuits against HB 56 and ended with a plea to Alabamians’ sense of justice to stop this moral outrage. Even if state legislators do not listen, and this plea to their morality falls on deaf ears, perhaps talking about money will get their attention.
Smart business leaders in Alabama know these are not the headlines Alabama wants to be making. This is bad for Alabama business, tourism, and its reputation abroad. Foreign auto-manufacturers who have already brought much needed industrial jobs to Alabama, like Hyundai’s car plant outside Montgomery, will be much more hesitant when deciding if Alabama is a good place to do business.
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