After House Majority Leader Eric Cantor primary defeat last week, immigration reform is taking center stage yet again. Alabama is no stranger to the immigration debate. The state’s immigration law, HB 56, was known as the toughest in the nation when it passed in 2011. But a federal settlement last fall blocked several key provisions of the law. For WBHM, Nathan Turner Jr. visited a local Hispanic church to explore what’s changed for the congregation since the settlement. He also hears what some say still needs to change in Alabama’s immigration policies.
Hurtsboro, Alabama, is a typical Black Belt town. It’s small and poor. The town’s only medical clinic closed several years ago, meaning residents must travel at least 35 miles to either Opelika or Columbus, Ga., to see a doctor or fill a prescription. But, a Birmingham-based medical ministry hopes to help.