While supporters of Alabama's new restrictive immigration enforcement legislation believe that it is ultimately a jobs creation programme for US citizens, many economic advisers are now publicly stating that the law will harm the state's economic health. Economists suggest that the law, which is scheduled to take effect on September 1 2011, will herald a return to the stigma of the 1960s for Alabama.

According to the US Census Bureau, up to 54,000 Hispanics work in Alabama - about 2.7% of the state's total workforce. The majority of Hispanics work in construction, manufacturing and production. It is feared that Alabama will feel the same negative consequences that other states with restrictive legislations (eg, Arizona) have felt thus far. In the face of an already weakened economy, many economists fear that the fallout from this law will have grave consequences.

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