HB 56 By the Numbers

Alabama’s unemployment rate as of January 2012: 7.8 percent
US unemployment rate as of January 2012: 8.3 percent
Alabama’s estimated undocumented population: 120,000
Rank of Alabama’s immigration rate compared to other states: 31st
Amount of taxes unauthorized immigrants paid in 2010 in Alabama: $130 million
Estimated total loss in state revenue due to the effects of HB 56: Between $2.3 and $10.8 billion
Number of jobs estimated to be lost due to the effects of HB 56: 70,000 to 140,000
Alabama’s immigrant workforce share: 4.9 percent
Alabama’s unauthorized immigrant workforce share: 4.2 percent
Day Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the department would not help implement HB 56 in Alabama: October 26th, 2011
Number of states who have passed or attempted to pass legislation similar to HB 56: 5 (Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina)
Average time it took for a policeman to issue a citation before HB 56: 15-20 minutes
Average time it takes to for a policeman to determine residency status and process an immigration issue today: 2-3 hours
Peak percentage of Hispanic students who were too afraid to attend school: 15 percent
Success rate of busing unemployed job seekers to farms in Birmingham to replace workers who left Alabama: 10 percent
Number of farm jobs left unfilled in Georgia after the state passed a law similar to HB 56: 11,080
Year Hispanics were given their own racial category by Alabama in terms of analyzing crime arrests across the state: 2011
How Hispanics were classified during crime arrests before 2011: White
Estimated cost to taxpayers to deport all undocumented immigrants in Alabama: $2.8 billion
2006 estimated percentage of undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. legally, but stayed after their visas expired: 45 percent
Number of states who saw a decrease in undocumented immigrants between 2007 and 2010: 7 (Florida, New York, Virginia, Colorado, Arizona, Utah and Nevada)
Number of states that saw an increase: 3 (Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana)