BuzzFeed: Alabama’s Draconian Anti-Immigrant Law Dies With A Whimper

Buzzfeed reports that Alabama recently settled a lawsuit over a provision which would have required the state to publish names and other private information of immigrants unable to prove their legal status in court. Alabama agreed last Thursday to drop the provision, and the settlement is awaiting approval by a federal judge. Civil rights groups, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the NILC, and the ACLU of Alabama, challenged the law on the grounds that the information was confidential, could lead to vigilantism against immigrants, and did not accommodate changes to people’s immigration status. Immigrant advocates say that the unraveling of HB 56 is part of a broader shift across the country away from harsh anti-immigrant laws on state and local levels.

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