Hispanics return to work, school after day-long protest

Hispanic businesses are reopening and children are back in school a day after a work stoppage to protest Alabama's new law on illegal immigration.

Customers trickled into Hispanic-owned stores and restaurants Thursday, and the parking lot was full at a poultry plant in Albertville that closed because of a lack of workers.

School officials say many Hispanic students who were absent Wednesday are back in class.

Officials say a one-day protest will have little if any economic impact on the state, but that could change if it went on for an extended period.

Hispanic immigrants say they staged the protest to highlight their impact in Alabama.


Police around Alabama are getting trained on how to enforce the state's new law dealing with illegal immigrants.

Attorney General Luther Strange's office has scheduled a law enforcement summit for Thursday in Birmingham that includes a session on the new law.

A spokeswoman for Strange's office says the lesson is closed to the public.

The meeting comes with police around the state already making some arrests under the law. Authorities in Decatur say four people there have been convicted following their arrests during traffic stops.

The head of the Alabama Association of Police Chiefs, Boaz Police Chief Terry Davis, says many law enforcement agencies are eager to receive training on the law since it's complicated and a federal judge allowed only certain parts to go into effect.

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