When Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed a bill that made changes to HB-56, Alabama’s immigration law, leaders of immigrant Latino communities voiced their disappointment and anger. This is a law they would like to see repealed.
Evelyn Servin, with the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, stated that we’re very disappointed as a community as we thought that he was not going to sign this law until those provisions that he spoke about last Thursday were going to be removed. She also commented that she didn’t know what kind of governor we have that actually gives into the Legislature in power as I thought he had more integrity than that.
More than 50 leaders from across the state were at a press conference near Railroad Park in Birmingham this afternoon.
Governor Bentley signed the bill into law on Friday. House Bill 658 makes revisions to the state’s stringent immigration law. Bentley tried to get legislators to make changes to HB-658 and had threatened a pocket veto, but he signed the bill anyway, because it did make positive changes for legal citizens and law-abiding businesses. Bentley had wanted to remove a provision that mandates school children be asked about their immigration status and a “Scarlet Letter” provision that requires the publication of names of undocumented immigrants who have had matters before the courts.
Servin said that if the governor really cares about the children of Alabama, he should repeal the law and repeal HB-56 as well. She promised that community leaders from around the state will keep the fight going until HB-56 is repealed.