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Ala. loses workers as immigration law takes effect
As new immigration law in Alabama takes effect, construction and farm workers flee
By The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) ' Alabama's strict new immigration law was touted by state legislators as a job creation bill.

The idea was to force illegal workers out of jobs and open them up for legal residents. Early indications are the plan is backfiring.

Few people are filling any of the vacancies that have been created by the construction workers, landscapers and farmers who are leaving. The absence will surely deal a blow to the state's economy and could slow the rebuilding of Tuscaloosa and other tornado-damaged cities.

It's not clear how many of an estimated 185,000 Hispanic people in the state have fled. One estimate figured as much one-fourth of the commercial building work force had left since much of the law was upheld last week.

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