MSNBC: "How America’s harshest immigration law failed"

by Joseph McKeown

MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin reports on Alabama's failed immigration law HB 56:

The vast scope of the law turned Alabama into an unprecedented test for the anti-immigration movement. If self-deportation didn’t work there, it’s hard to imagine where it could. Early reports suggested success: undocumented immigrants appeared to flee Alabama en masse. But two years later, HB 56 is in ruins. Its most far-reaching elements have proved unconstitutional, unworkable, or politically unsustainable. Elected officials, social workers, clergy, activists, and residents say an initial immigrant evacuation that roiled their communities ended long ago. Many who fled have returned to their old homes.

Meanwhile, South Carolina is resolving challenges to their immigration law (which contained measures similar to Alabama's law).