Alabama’s anti-immigration law is the toughest in the nation, and it turns out that it’s the costliest as well. Not only has the law devastated the agriculture industry, but it is now threatening to devastate the foreign auto industry that plays a key role in the Alabama economy.
Since Alabama Republicans enacted their immigration law, known as HB 56, thousands of farm hands have flocked out of the state, leaving crops uncared for. But Alabama has a new problem. Since HB 56 became law, Alabama authorities have arrested two foreign executives, one German, one Japanese, even though they were in the United States legally. Now, it looks as though foreign automakers and other foreign industries are reconsidering doing business in the state.
Alabama Republicans are desperately trying to convince foreign companies that their businesses are welcome. GOP Governor Robert Bentley even sucked up to foreign companies. ￼￼￼“We are not anti-foreign companies. We are very pro-foreign companies,” Bentley said.
If I were a citizen in Alabama, I’d be calling for the repeal of HB 56. Alabama will lose up to $40 million a year because of it, and could cost the state thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in future investments. HB 56 was not a smart law. It was designed out of hatred and bigotry. And now Alabama may have to pay the price for it.