HB 56 Opponents Misrepresent Law

Here is my letter that was posted in the Montgomery Advertiser to set the record straight about Alabama’s HB 56 immigration law.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Gov. Robert Bentley supports changes to Alabama’s immigration enforcement law, HB 56, because he is uncomfortable with children being asked about their parents immigration status (“Immigration bill carried over in committee,” May 18). Fortunately, the governor has nothing to worry about. Children should never be asked about their parents’ immigration status and there is nothing in HB 56 that requires, or even allows for that to occur.

HB 56 requires that school administrators make an effort to determine the citizenship status of the children they educate. If the information is not provided voluntarily by the parents, the administrators are required to make certain presumptions. At no time in the process are the children themselves involved, nor are the children denied the same education as their citizen peers.

Moreover, the requirements of HB 56 are entirely consistent with the role of school administrators. School districts collect all sorts of data about the children they are educating. This information is critical to planning, budgeting and allocation of resources.

The people of Alabama have a legitimate need to know who is in their schools and the impact of immigration on education in the state. Opponents of HB 56 would clearly prefer that they not know and are seeking to misrepresent what is in the law.

Dan Stein

president, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    America only for legal immigrates !!!! Enough Senate and President of the political plays, Think about economy of the America ……

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    John DiPaolo on

    Is an Arizona style immigration law coming to California?

    In the wake of a $16 Billion budget shortfall and a US Supreme Court ruling favoring Arizona’s crackdown on illegal populations the Almighty referendum in California may come into heated conflict with out of touch “representatives” in the Golden State.

    Polls continue to show most Californians favor stricter immigration enforcement, including an Arizona style immigration law as well as mandatory E-Verify. Yet the California legislature continues to impose “illegal immigration magnets” such as anti E-Verify laws etc.

    Proposition 187 (The Save our State referendum of 1994) passed by an overwhelming majority but was overturned by a federal judge. With the US Supreme Court upholding Arizona’s “controversial” immigration law things would be different this time.

    Immigration is the proverbial 800 pound gorilla that nobody wants to discuss.

    I’d like to continue this discussion.

    Please contact [email protected]

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    Viet Nam Vet 67-68 on

    Gov. Robert Bentley needs to move to Mexico and teach school to them he then can feel good about teaching non Illegals. But we need to know how many Illegals have over run our schools affecting our American Children and taking away valuable time from the teachers to teach Illegals instead of spending time with our children. It also takes a lot of Tax Payers money to educate Illegals and that money could be used at our other less fortunate school districts that need money. Let’s start America First our American Children First, let the 3rd world Countries fix their own Country. Stop this madness we are a Broke Nartion and cannot afford to support 40 MILLION ILLEGAL’S and send them to school to take More American Jobs, are you people NUTS????????????????

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      Viet Nam Vet 67-68 on

      What is in this messagew that needs moderation, unless this is a shill for the Demo-Communists.

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        Moderation? Try surrender. My plan== ANYONE aidding and abbetting an ilegal goes to a chain-gang for the rest of his life. This will include lawyers,judges, poloticians priests,teachers, farmers,private employers, landlords,law enforcment officers, etc. Put a bounty on them so the average citizen can pickup a little cash. Radical-yes, but we have been invaded and we must defend our nation at all costs,the traitors must be dealt with in a harsh manner.NO COMPROMISE NO SURRENDER NO PRISONERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!