Immigrant worries law could force him back to Mexico

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - "Are you scared?  A little bit, yes," admits one Hispanic man as a Spanish interpreter asks him questions about the state's new immigration law.

For immigrants like him, a lot rides on rallies like the one at Immanuel Presbyterian Church.

"I think things are done better when we do them as a group. This just shows more solidarity as a group," he says.

Through spoken words and song, folks made a subtle, but powerful point--Alabama's immigration law needs to go.

And if it doesn't, this man who came to the United States 12 years ago on a work visa, may be forced out.

"If this law really does go into effect, we're going to have to leave because we don't have papers to be in this country," he says.

Helping immigrants like him get proper documentation is what Sister Rose Marie Martell does everyday.

"I really think if you can help these people instead of persecuting them, the first generation can be very successful."

But, she doesn't believe the burden of illegal immigration rests solely on the state's shoulders.

"I would like to see this law done away with in Arizona and everywhere else and for Congress to take on the responsibility."

For now, the future of Alabama's immigration bill is uncertain and will eventually be decided by the courts.

But for this man, it's much more than just a law on the books.

"We send our family money and we feel it's very important to support them."

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