Friday, September 30, 2011

Why Alabama's Immigration Law will create an economic disaster

This week, portions of Alabama’s harsh new immigration law, HB 56, take effect in Alabama. While the governor of the state proclaimed that this is the toughest immigration law in the country, Alabama businesses, state agencies, and taxpayers will ultimately pay the price for this economically damaging legislation. 

In order to provide the latest economic and demographic information on immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in Alabama, the Immigration Policy Center updated its Alabama state fact sheet, New Americans in the Yellowhammer State.

Highlights of the data show that immigrants, Latinos, and Asians are a growing and important part of Alabama’s state economy as workers, taxpayers, and consumers. For example:

Immigrants are important to Alabama’s economy as workers.
Immigrants comprised 4.9% of the state’s workforce in 2010 (or 111,670 workers), according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Unauthorized immigrants are important to Alabama’s economy as workers and taxpayers.            Unauthorized immigrants in Alabama paid $130.3 million in state and local taxes in 2010, according to data from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy. This includes:
  • $25.8 million in state income taxes.
  • $5.8 million in property taxes.
  • 98.7 million in sales taxes.
Unauthorized immigrants comprised roughly 4.2% of the state’s workforce (or 95,000 workers) in 2010, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center.

If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Alabama, the state would lose $2.6 billion in economic activity, $1.1 billion in gross state product, and approximately 17,819 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.

To view the fact sheet in its entirety see: New Americans in the Yellowhammer State (IPC Fact Check, September 30, 2011)
Source: Immigration Policy Institute
Image source: Microsoft Office Images


Vicente Duque said...

University of Alabama : Resisting Alabama Immigration Law : Alabama Universities, Professors, Associations, Religious Denominations - The distinction between arrest, criminalization and prosecution is described by law professors Gabriel Chin and Marc Miller in their review of HB56

Law Professor Gabriel Chin of University of California at Davis ( former professor in Arizona ) has been actively in combat against these Draconian Immigration Laws : Arizona, Georgia, Alabama, etc....

According to Gabriel Chin : “Local police are authorized by federal statute to arrest deserters from active duty service in the United States military.

However, this does not imply that states and localities are invited to establish rules for military discipline of active duty troops and try them in their courts.”

University of Alabama
HB56-1, Protests-0
October 2, 2011

Some excerpts :

This controversial law has been met with opposition at UAB, where many students rallied together before the law was to be enacted. This past Wednesday, SALSA (the Spanish and Latino Student Association) and the ACIJ (Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice) organized a peaceful march through the streets of Southside that started at the Hill University Center on campus.

As they walked up University Boulevard, through 5 Points and back to campus there was yelling and horns honking in approval. “Si se puede!” and “This is what democracy looks like, this is what democracy sounds like!” were a few of the many chants heard as the students and advocates marched.

Religious leaders have expressed their displeasure with this law, including Reverend Matt Lacey of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was at Wednesday’s rally where he spoke to the crowd.

“I am a Christian first, and an American second.” Lacey said, “We want to repeal this law. It is unjust, it is far too harsh, and it goes against what Jesus teaches us.”

Guillermo Villanueva, a Sophomore Business Science major at UAB, felt that HB56 was wrong because the law invites local authorities to racial profiling. “Legally you can harass someone for looking different,” he says.

He continued saying, “An illegal person doesn’t look any different from me.”

Samarah Mohammad, a Freshman Biology major whose parent’s and older brother immigrated from Palestine during the conflict in the Middle East said this about the bill, referring to herself and her younger siblings, “Not only is it effecting immigrants, it’s effecting people who are not immigrants.”

While the majority of the bill has been upheld in the District Court, some issues have not been approved by Federal Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of Federal District Court in Birmingham yet. These parts of the bill include making it a crime for an illegal immigrant to solicit work, making it a crime to transport or harbor an illegal immigrant, and barring illegal immigrants from attending public colleges.

So,Socrates said...

U.S.A. history teller said that this was a land create for illegals europeans aliens, who later bring here illegal slaves against their will. So we know about those others illegals aliens whom landing like lost rafters on a vessel boat name The Mayflower. Later to disgaise the reality some one name them the Pilgrims. We most agregate the Pilgrims:0 Aliens Pilgrims!!
European bring a lot of evil with them,and as a proof we got those anglos americans desendents of those Aliens wet back firts Pilgrims treated today undocumanted persons as their ancestors did treated those unfortunate Natives Americans that have feed them to later get back on paid nothing more that get rip-off of all their lands and animals and natural resuorcers. It a race is war disgase as something economical. There is a portion of powerful anglos americans desendents of those racist conquerers,Native American killers and afro- persons slave-masters of the South,that wish from.the very deep of theirs souls return to those days os legal slavery,so them can keep rape 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 olds black and native americans girls and boys. They look humans in the out side,but they are not so. They keep the gran,gran,pa wip hidden in some dark closed,joined with that bloddy hanging rope. And who knows were are theirs burning croses.
America is a new America. And we.are.a new class of anglo americans that do not agree with our past history of abuse an rasist tolerance. We need to elect new bood for political positions,of all races and backgrounds as is composed ours air force,marines,navy seals,infantry,fbi,secret service.etc We living new times that are need new blood of youth generations. Said Not more divisions in America:NOT MORE.