Folks in Alabama sound like they sorely regret passing the nation’s most oppressive immigration law. Local businesses have lost their customers, farmers have lost their workers, schools have lost their students. Now that every interaction with a government agency requires proving your citizenship, Alabama’s got lines out the courthouse door (see pic). You can’t get a dog tag without showing you belong.
On top of that, national labor groups are coming in, taking notes and promising to help get the Alabama law overturned. Also, a new generation of Freedom Riders is getting arrested in Alabamans’ streets and demanding answers in their lawmaker’ offices (video above). The local papers reprinted this partial list of Dream Activists arrested:
Martin Unzueta, 55, of Chicago; Belen Rebelledo, 39, of Detroit; Alma Diaz, 30, of Ohio; Jaime Guzman, 25, of Oregon; Catalina Rios, 19, of Detroit; Ernesto Zumaya, 25, of Los Angeles; Myasha Arellano, 18, of San Fernando Valley, Calif.; Krsna Avila, 23, of Oakland, Calif.; Fernanda Marroquin, 22, of Philadelphia; Cesar Marroquin, 21, of Philadelphia; and Cynthia Perez, 27, of Indianapolis, IN.
And on top of all that, the federal Justice Department is investigating whether the state is committing civil rights violations as it enforces the statute. Depending on which Alabama Republicans you listen to it, the whole mess is enough to make you think this law is heading for a few changes.