A project aimed at developing a unified voice for new immigrant populations in the state, ensuring the legal rights of immigrants, and promoting social integration and civic participation. Alabama Appleseed was one of the plaintiffs that joined the lawsuit challenging in federal court the constitutionality of Alabama’s new immigration law, HB56.
Alabama Appleseed started working with the immigrant population of Alabama through our Hispanic Financial Access Project (2005) which quickly evolved into to our current Immigration Policy Project (2007 – present). This project promotes policies that advance fundamental fairness, due process, and respect for human rights while ensuring the legal rights of immigrants at the state and local levels, oppose any proposed anti-immigrant policies and laws that work against these values and promote social integration and civic participation.
Alabama Appleseed, with the help of community partners, took the lead in creating the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ) so Alabama could have an identifiable group working for pro-immigrant law and policy.
During the legislative session, we monitor the status of anti-immigrant bills and coordinate various appearances at committee hearings by our coalition partners and members of the community.
We have participated in many events designed to reach out to the non-immigrant community where we seek to educate the non-immigrant community about the legal and policy ramifications of anti-immigrant laws and policies and dispel the myth-driven rhetoric spread by the anti-immigrant population.
Strengthen and utilize connections with various individuals and community organizations throughout Alabama seeking Comprehensive Immigration Reform and other national policies promoting immigrant integration.