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 >>
Report From Alabama: Ferrying Panicked Families, and Fighting Racial Profiling at Schools

Report From Alabama: Ferrying Panicked Families, and Fighting Racial Profiling at Schools

By Elizabeth Beresford, ACLU at 2:48pm

A photo essay about those affected by the enactment of H.B. 56, the harshest anti-immigrant law in the nation.

ACLU Lens: Alabama in Chaos as Residents Flee After Immigration Law Takes Effect

ACLU Lens: Alabama in Chaos as Residents Flee After Immigration Law Takes Effect

By Suzanne Ito, ACLU at 10:26am

Alabama has been in a state of utter chaos following a Sept. 28 court ruling upholding some of the worst provisions of the state's harsh anti-immigrant law.

ACLU and DOJ Argue Alabama Immigration Law Is Unconstitutional

By Molly Lauterback, Immigrants' Rights Project at 11:10am

The ACLU was in a packed federal district court in Birmingham Wednesday arguing, with the U.S. Department of Justice and the bishops of the Episcopal, Catholic and Methodist churches, that Alabama's new anti-immigrant law, House Bill 56, should…

Protecting All of Alabama

By Molly Lauterback, Immigrants' Rights Project at 2:29pm

Jane* is a single mother with three children. She's lived in Birmingham, Alabama, for over a decade, and works hard to provide a stable home for her kids. Jane is a responsible provider and resident of her community; she is also a plaintiff in…

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