Sweet Home Alabama Joins Lawsuit Against Immigration Reform
In my sweet home, Alabama, we’ve gained a national reputation for a few things. There’s that school in Tuscaloosa and their football team, the Auburn Tigers, the Alabama Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, and the birthplace of Mardi Gras in North America, Mobile. There’s a darker past and also a history of being politically slow to accept change. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Alabama recently joined several other states in litigation aimed at blocking President Obama’s latest attempt at immigration transformation by executive order.
According to changes announced changes, if you are an undocumented immigrant parent of an American citizen or a legal permanent resident and have been present in the United States for over five years, you may be eligible for a three-year deportation deferral and work permit. There are some hoops through which you must jump, including fingerprinting, a criminal background check and an application fee of $465.00.
In the state that brought you the now infamous HB56, which at the time was the toughest anti-immigrant statute in the United States, the President’s executive action is receiving mixed reaction. Now that HB56 has been effectively overturned in the courts, Alabama’s immigrant population is returning and organizations like the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (www.acij.net) are giving a public voice to those who were otherwise left out of the political process in Alabama.