H.B. 56

Alabama House Bill 56 seeks to punish people who are present in the state without documents. H.B. 56 invites police to racially profile people during traffic stops by authorizing immigration investigations on "reasonable suspicion" that someone is in the United States illegally. The law puts officers in the position of relying on stereotypes about what an "illegal immigrant" looks or sounds like. The ACLU challenged H.B. 56 in federal court. The case, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v. Bentley, is currently pending before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Learn more about how H.B. 56 has affected all Alabamians >>
Alabama Under Siege: The Human Costs of H.B. 56

Alabama Under Siege: The Human Costs of H.B. 56

By Justin Cox, Immigrants' Rights Project at 4:17pm

Alabama's immigrant and Latino communities remain in a state of terror five months after some provisions of the law went into effect.

ACLU Client Scott Douglas on The Colbert Report

By Elizabeth Beresford, ACLU at 5:21pm

Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert interviewed Scott Douglas III, executive director of the Greater Birmingham Ministries. Douglas is a plaintiff in the ACLU and a coalition of civil rights groups’ lawsuit challenging H.B. 56,…

Alabama's Extended Family

Alabama's Extended Family

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office & Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 5:54pm

A congressional delegation traveled to Alabama Monday to learn the impact of the law on families, students and businesses in the state.

Help From Washington: Members of Congress See Firsthand the Damage of Alabama’s H.B. 56 And Speak Out

Help From Washington: Members of Congress See Firsthand the Damage of Alabama’s H.B. 56 And Speak Out

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 4:21pm

Today, a congressional delegation traveled to Alabama to see first-hand the devastating effects of H.B. 56.

Alabama's Immigration Law Separates Long-Time Friends

Alabama's Immigration Law Separates Long-Time Friends

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 3:01pm

Small business owner James Pilgrim says of families impacted by H.B. 56: "[M]y heart is broken to think that I might never see these people again."

Some Families Flee, Others Stay Behind and Live in Fear

Some Families Flee, Others Stay Behind and Live in Fear

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 4:50pm

During a visit to Alabama last week, many families told me that they now live in constant fear and are scared to go to work, school or the grocery store.

For a Pioneering Jurist, Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law Is Spark for a New Civil Rights Struggle

For a Pioneering Jurist, Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law Is Spark for a New Civil Rights Struggle

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 5:35pm

Retired federal judge U. W. Clemon has seen great advancement of civil rights in Alabama, but is very concerned about their present state.

For One Family, Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law a Fate Worse than Possible Death

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 5:10pm

Last month, Luis Robledo accompanied a Spanish-speaking woman and her young son to a medical appointment in Birmingham. Both are HIV-positive and had to go in for a regular check-up. But she is an undocumented immigrant, and had become increasingly…

Singled Out in Alabama Schools

Singled Out in Alabama Schools

By Molly Kaplan, ACLU at 2:07pm

The ACLU is on the ground in Alabama documenting the impact of H.B. 56 on farms, families and schools. We're finding evidence of racial profiling and discrimination.

Help Wanted: Farmers' Plight Proves Alabama's H.B. 56 Was Never About Creating Jobs

Help Wanted: Farmers' Plight Proves Alabama's H.B. 56 Was Never About Creating Jobs

By Sandhya Bathija, Washington Legislative Office at 3:17pm

Since Alabama’s draconian racial profiling law went into effect, farmers have been crying out for help.

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