Alabama immigration law’s ‘scarlet letter’ list so far has no names

By Kim Chandler


The Birmingham News

Demonstrators protest Alabama’s immigration law earlier this year.

Alabama’s so-called “scarlet letter list,” which was supposed to name illegal immigrants who had run-ins with the law,  has yet to see a single name posted on a state website.

A spokesman for the Administrative Office of Courts, which is tasked under state law with compiling the list, said the court system had “no cases” to report for the last quarter.

Lawmakers approved the controversial list when they made changes to Alabama’s immigration law last spring. The provision requires the court system to compile a quarterly list of cases, including names, in which an “unlawfully present alien was detained by law enforcement and appeared in court for any violation of state law.” The Alabama Department of Homeland Security is supposed to publish the list each quarter on its website.

The immigration information, the spokesman said, is a federal designation and not available in the state’s computerized court records.


If interested in discussing immigration law, you can contact Brian Bergin, director of Rose Law Group’s litigation department,


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