A new poll, conducted by Anzalone Liszt Research, found that fewer than 20 percent of Alabamians are comfortable allowing Alabama's Beason-Hammon immigration law to remain unchanged. The law, also known as HB56, has made negative headlines around the nation and the world. Alabamians realize this law was a mistake and needs to be corrected.
Regardless of political affiliation, clear majorities want changes made to the new immigration law.
53% of Republican voters said the law needs changes. 58% of Democrats and 64% of African-Americans want the law changed as do an eye-opening 60% of independent voters.
“As more and more Alabamians from all walks of life feel the impact of this harsh overreaching law, it's clear that the legislature must repeal HB 56,” states Zayne Smith of the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice. “HB 56 has harmed our economy, threatens to interfere with our churches and has set Alabama's pathway towards being a more racially tolerant state back many years. You can’t tweak hate, the only solution to get Alabama back on the right track is to repeal HB 56,” Smith continued.
This harsh immigration law will cost Alabama billions of dollars every year and the longer it stays in effect, the more damage it will do to our economy and our public image. Public opinion says change it, but the wiser course would be to repeal HB56 altogether.