Resource: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the New Alabama Immigration Law

By: Samuel Addy, Ph.D.

January 31, 2012

A research economist from the University of Alabama analyzes the economic impact of HB 56. He concludes that the law may cost the state upwards of $350 million due to decreased population, demand, and tax revenues, not to mention the money it will cost to enforce the law. Further, he argues that the benefits of the law are not certain to come to fruition.