Immigration Law Foes Tell Tourists not to visit Alabama
Labor and civil rights groups that are not in agreement with the new Alabama immigration law are warning tourists to stay away from the state. The groups say the new tough law will encourage profiling.
On Thursday, in a news conference held over the phone, the coalition leaders said they plan to also have demonstrations in front of all Hyundai car dealerships around the county to encourage the auto manufacturer from South Korea to publically take a stance against the law in Alabama.
Coalition members said the new changes made to the new law did not resolve the problems the organizations for civil right had with the legislation that some have described as being the country’s toughest against illegal immigration.
The members of the coalition said the changes made two weeks ago have made a harsh law even harsher with more punitive than the prior one. The group said their message to the Alabama legislature was simple: we plan to hit you where it hurts most, your pocketbook. They said they were not requesting a boycott of Alabama. They only want to make sure people are aware the law exists.
The press secretary for the Governor of Alabama said she felt the protest was misguided as the law is to make sure people, who work and live in Alabama, do so legally. She said there was not anything unjust or unkind about that. She said many people want the state to turn their head to illegal immigration and she insisted they would not.