Fear subsiding among undocumented immigrants--Ana Jimenez was among immigrants scared by the outcomes of tougher crackdown on undocumented immigrants living in Alabama. And the fear of being sent to Mexico was even alarming. No wonder, she along with her husband hurried to Los Angeles to take shelter in a two-bedroom apartment shared with nearly 20 other people.
For good, mass deportations did not take place. And this nurtured a hope among undocumented immigrants including Jimenez’s family to come back to Alabama. Meanwhile, the exact figure of the undocumented immigrants returning to Alabama is unknown yet.
But, one thing is for sure, that due to inability to find work, many had no other option but to get back to Alabama, a place they had called home for quite some time now.
Difficulties galore for immigrants in Alabama—Although, the situation is calming down to a certain extent slowly and gradually, but, there has been no respite for undocumented immigrants coming back to Alabama yet. They are unable to get back to their jobs because their citizenship papers are being checked, says Jimenez. She has been working at a McDonald restaurant.
Moreover, Hispanics are on alert and ready to move for good, states a legal immigrant from Mexico, Gabby Sullivan.
According to director of the North Alabama Hispanic Coalition for Equal Rights, Evelyn Servin, several Hispanics employed in poultry plants are taking care to avoid confronting police officials. So, they avoid going out and prefer staying at home.
They prefer going to grocery stores at night so as to avoid being caught off by the police, Servin adds. Alabama immigration law was aimed at making life tougher for nearly 120,000 undocumented immigrants living in this state.
Named HB 56, it gives jurisdiction to local police officials to verify the immigration status of immigrants queried for other crimes. It further allows police officials to restrict entry of undocumented immigrants from carrying any business or signing private contracts in Alabama.