Last June Alabama passed one of the most draconian anti-immigrant laws in the country. Immigrant rights activists describe it as Arizona's bitter law on steroids. (Interview below)
A University of Alabama study estimates that the law has already cost the state's economy an estimated $10.8 billion. This includes lost investments, an estimated $350 million in lost taxes, and the costs of police, judicial and jail services. The argument that the state would save money on health and education services has clearly been shone to be bogus.
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