In the late summer and fall of 2011, Alabama gained state-wide and national attention for a new immigration law, the Hammon-Beason Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act. Commonly referred to as HB-56, the law dealt mainly with the issue of illegal immigration  The law was quick to gain critics who argued the law encouraged racial profiling, and it faced challenges in federal court, both from the U.S. federal government and many immigrant advocate law firms and networks. Certain provisions were put on hold or struck down, while others were deemed valid. As a result, the law underwent many changes before taking its current form.

In addition, the media played a vital role in reporting the stories that came out of these legal challenges and the possible repercussions of HB-56 provisions. Especially in the state of Alabama, news outlets inundated their audiences with HB-56 reports for months, often making it difficult for citizens to fully understand and follow such a complex, evolving situation.

Alabama Immigration arose as a response to this observed public confusion. As my thesis project for the University of Alabama’s Community Journalism master’s program, Alabama Immigration aims to act as a resource for anyone looking to know more about the facts of HB-56. Through both original and aggregated content, the goal of Alabama Immigration is to present clear and concise information, give a snapshot of various public opinions and also direct viewers to resources with more information. It is my hope that by doing this, users will be able to come to their own conclusion about the law and its effects on the state of Alabama and its citizens.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please contact me via email at k.shaulis@gmail.com.

Thank you for visiting Alabama Immigration.

Kristin Shaulis
Lead Creator of Alabama Immigration