A coalition of union and civil rights groups have filed a complaint with the United Nations International Labor Organization alleging that Alabama’s harsh anti-immigrant law violates international norms.
“By signing this bill into law, Brewer has just authorized violating the rights of millions of people living and working here,” said Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director of the ACLU of Arizona. She has just given every police agency in Arizona a mandate to harass anyone who looks or sounds foreign, while doing nothing to address the real problems we’re facing.”
Wade Henderson, President of Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, has begun making presentations to businesses with plants in Alabama in an effort to persuade the companies to pressure the state to repeal the immigration law. As previously reported on La Plaza, the Law has already cost the state’s economy up to $11 billion.
Alabama’s immigration law has also been criticized by President Obama, who stated that the bill was, “misguided” and said that it threatens to “undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans.”