Photo: Mexico Files Brief Against Alabama's HB 56
The list of countries and organizations filing legal briefs or lawsuits against Alabama’s new tough immigration law continues to grow. First came the very much anticipated suit by the U.S. government followed by the Catholic Church and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Now Mexico and 15 other Latin American countries have filed briefs expressing concern about the welfare of their citizens in Alabama. Mexico specifically noted in its brief:
“Mexico has an interest in protecting its citizens and ensuring that their ethnicity is not used as basis for state-sanctioned acts of bias and discrimination.”
Alabama’s law is designed to affect virtually every aspect of an unauthorized immigrant’s daily life, from employment to housing to transportation to entering into and enforcing contracts to going to school.
Alabama’s H.B. 56 goes further than Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070 in that school administrators are being asked to check the immigration status of their students. The law doesn’t mandate that they turn students away if they are undocumented but rather document the number of these students and the related costs on the state’s budget.
The lawsuits by the U.S. government and Catholic Church have more teeth where as the legal briefs filed by Latin American countries are more symbolic and can not stop the law being put in place in Alabama.