Friday, December 6, 2013
Ann Cun has a nice summary of the stettlement of the litigation involving the challenge to Alabama's H.B. 56, one of the many state iummigration enforcement laws passed (and largely struck down) in recent years. Late last month, the Justice Department announced that it was settling the lawsuit.
Alabama House Bill 56, also known as the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, was passed in June 2011. The bill was one of the most stringent bills aimed at reducing the number of undocumented immigrants in the state. With the law’s passage also came a lawsuit by the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, which included the following groups:
• Southern Poverty Law Center •American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
•American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation Immigrant’s Rights Project
•American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation
•National Immigration Law Center
•Asian Law Caucus
•Asian American Justice Center
•Latino Justice PRLDEF
•National Day Laborer Organizing Network
•Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
According to the settlement, Alabama will not be able to enforce seven provisions of HB 56 that specifically targeted immigrants in that state. These provisions would have significantly affected the lives of immigrants; from employment, to housing, to transportation, to the enforcement of contracts with immigrants.