Africans Relocate to Alabama to Fill Jobs After Immigration LawAfricans Relocate to Alabama to Fill Jobs After Immigration Law
Esene Manga, an Eritrean refugee living in Atlanta, hadnít heard of Albertville, Alabama until a recruiter offered him a job there. Now Manga, 22, earns $10.85 an hour cutting chicken breasts on a poultry-plant night shift, an unexpected beneficiary of a year-old law designed to drive out illegal Hispanic immigrants.
This isnít what the lawís backers said would happen. Republican state Senator Scott Beason, a sponsor, said at a news conference last year that the restrictions on undocumented workers would ďput thousands of native Alabamians back in the work force.Ē
By Margaret Newkirk and Gigi Douban on September 24, 2012 Bloomberg News
Instead, it caused a labor shortage that resulted in the importation of hundreds of legal African and Haitian refugees, and Puerto Ricans, according to interviews with workers, advocacy organizations and businesses. Most were recruited by the poultry industry, in a segment of the economy that has been a heavy employer of undocumented workers, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a Washington research group.
Alabama is one of five states that last year passed immigration laws modeled on a 2010 Arizona measure largely invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in June. Last month, an appellate court in Atlanta said many of the Alabama lawís requirements also arenít constitutional.
Other provisions, including one allowing police to arrest suspected illegal immigrants, remain in place.This article was originally published in forum thread: Africans Relocate to Alabama to Fill Jobs After Immigration Law started by JohnDoe2 View original post