GARDENDALE, AL - Alabama’s unemployment rate has improved much faster than the rest of the country. Media outlets ranging from the local Birmingham News to national Fox News have been asking how much Alabama’s new immigration policy has had to do with the decrease in jobless numbers.
“Since the anti-illegal immigration law went into effect, Alabama has seen a tremendous drop in unemployment. A drop that far outpaces the other states in the region,” said Alabama State Senator Scott Beason. ”In three months Alabama has dropped 1.7 points to a level below the national average.”
“Those who oppose the new law ignore the fact that areas like Marshall County where the illegal alien population was very high, have seen unemployment drop 3 points since the law was passed.
“I promised that the anti-illegal immigration law would open up thousands of jobs for Alabamians, and it has done that. People are going back to work.
“The critics may whine, but many of our neighbors have jobs again. I know those folks are thankful for the opportunity to work and support their families, and that opportunity was opened up by HB-56.”
Alabama State Senator Scott Beason was the senate sponsor and is the leading advocate for the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, commonly known as HB 56, which is widely considered the toughest anti-illegal immigration bill in the country. Beason is currently running for Congress in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District.
- Birmingham News article
- Fox News (video) with Megyn Kelly and Trace Gallagher
- Beason’s response on CBS News