How Faith Leaders Resisted Alabama’s Harsh Immigration Law
In 2011 the legislature of Alabama passed the harshest anti-immigrant bill in America, and the governor of Alabama signed it into law. One legislator said that the purpose of the law was to make undocumented residents “so miserable that they self-deport.”
Faith leaders in Alabama came together in unprecedented ways to oppose the mean-spirited law. They stood with their immigrant neighbors in defiance of this divisive and inhumane law. They organized rallies and marches attended by thousands of people. Four bishops in three denominations (Episcopal, Methodist and Roman Catholic) sued the State of Alabama. Congregations conducted workshops about hospitality and about justice in the treatment of immigrants. Pastors preached sermons. Clergy held press conferences. Laity and clergy wrote letters to newspapers throughout Alabama. Faith leaders met with legislators. Faith groups raised money to pay for ads on television. A small group of faith leaders engaged in a sit-in in the Capitol building in Montgomery.
This book is a compelling visual and written record of the public protests by Alabama faith leaders and their immigrant neighbors against a law that violated the consciences of people of faith and good will. For those who love their neighbors as themselves, love has no borders.