My design work explores the social, political and economic impact of Alabama’s Anti Immigration HB56 Law. This law was passed in 2011 and is regarded as the Nation’s strictest immigration law. The supporters of this bill see it as a way of driving down the unemployment rate by taking jobs away from undocumented workers.
I see this law as xenophobic and racist. In my opinion the law was established to intimidate people who essentially have no voice or right to protest. It is political bullying at its worst. This law violates our values as a civil society. It offers false hope about employment and economic recovery. It promotes racial profiling and is inherently discriminatory.
I have deep concerns for what this bill will do to the people it targets and deeper concerns for how this will inevitably affect Alabama’s economy.