Daniel M. Kowalski: Beyond the Alabama Law, It's the Looks

Daniel M. Kowalski: Beyond the Alabama Law, It's the Looks

"Even if H.B. 56, Alabama's tough new immigration law, is stricken down by the federal courts - an outcome made more likely by an interim ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit - irreversible damage to the state's Latino population already may have been done."  Consider these comments in a recent news report (AP, Oct. 15, 2011) -

"Nelly Tadeo, a legal U.S. resident from Mexico, said she notices icy stares in Walmart and feels like whites and blacks are wondering if she is legal and pays taxes.  “Even if the law gets canceled, Alabama is not going to be the same. Now, people are just looking at you like, ‘You’re an illegal immigrant,’” said Tadeo. “I think that’s permanent. A lot of people never thought about who was illegal, who was legal before. Now that’s what they’re thinking about.”"

Daniel M. Kowalski, IJJ, Oct. 16, 2011.