Alabama needs lots of cheap labour to rebuild over 7,200 buildings that were destroyed during the severe tornado season.Unfortunately thousands of immigrants are fleeing the state in the face of the state’s new immigration law, which allows detainment of illegal workers and arrest of their employers.
Bloomberg profiles the exodus:
That’s what Ever Duarte, head of the city’s Hispanic soccer league, said after losing a third of his teams in a week. Tuscaloosa County’s 6,000-strong Hispanic population –including roofers, Sheetrockers, concrete pourers, framers, landscapers and laborers — is disappearing, he said, before a law cracking down on illegal immigrants takes effect.
“They’re leaving now, right now,” Duarte, 36, said during a pause in a pick-up soccer game last week in a neighbourhood gym. “I know people who are packing up tonight. They don’t want to wait to see what happens. It started last week. Our league had 12 teams the week before that. Last week, it was eight.”
The Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act passed in Alabama is among the strictest immigration reform in the nation.
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