Kathy Mulady | Equal Voice News
Scott Douglas, executive director of Greater Birmingham Ministries, will be a guest on The Colbert Report on Monday, the Martin Luther King holiday, talking about the harsh Alabama anti-immigration law in context of the civil rights movement.
Douglas has been one of the leaders in the fight to repeal House Bill 56 that was pushed through the legislature with little public notice or discussion and signed into law in June. It went into effect January 1.
“I’m going to speak to the ridiculousness of the law and the meanness of the law,” Douglas told the Birmingham News.
Douglas told the Birmingham News that people have given him a lot of advice, and the best is to remember that Colbert “is the comedian, not me.”
Douglas has been outspoken on the anti-immigration law and the Greater Birmingham Ministries is a key partner with other state organizations in filing a lawsuit challenging the legislation.
“We refuse to stand by and do nothing as this immoral law undermines communities, punishes children, perpetuates hate and bigotry and, above all, goes against everything people of faith stand for,” Douglas told Equal Voice newspaper when the lawsuit was filed.
“It is essential that we hold firm to our beliefs and our core values of life and liberty for all,” he said.
The extreme law essentially turns educators, business owners, landlords and citizens into immigration officers, and punishes anyone caught hiring, housing or even giving a car ride to an undocumented person in the state.
Douglas said many are afraid they will be breaking the law if they offer undocumented immigrants food, housing, medical care or even a ride to church. He said members of his organization are afraid of being prosecuted, and volunteers fear criminal ramifications.
Parents have taken their children out of schools, farmers and contractors have struggled to find employees. Many families have fled the state.