Alabama's 2011 anti-immigrant law, known as HB 56, is the harshest in the nation. Its restrictions on housing, employment and contracts target low-income immigrants. The leeway it gives law enforcement officers for checking immigration status opens the door to racial profiling. Some of its worst provisions -- such as those that criminalize many social services by public, nonprofit and faith-based caregivers -- have been put on hold by the courts in a series of ongoing legal challenges. Enforcing the law and defending its constitutionality will divert scarce state resources from essential services, as well as hinder overall economic activity and employment.
As a member of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, ACPP is working for repeal of HB 56. The repeal effort is widespread and fast-moving.
Find out about HB 658, the proposed 2012 revision of HB 56.
Watch the hard-hitting video series "Is this Alabama?"
Watch Greater Birmingham Ministries executive director Scott Douglas explain HB 56 to Stephen Colbert here. (Scott's segment appears just past the 15-minute mark.)
Attorney General Luther Strange's proposal for modifying HB 56
This ACPP fact sheet highlights major provisions of HB 56.
Use this Frequently Asked Questions paper by our coalition partner Alabama Appleseed to find out about the current legal status of particular sections.
Click here to send a message to your state lawmakers.