Alabama
5:59 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Immigration Groups Say Tourists Should Avoid Ala.

Montgomery, AL – A national coalition of civil rights and labor organizations say they will run advertisements around the country encouraging people not to visit tourist sites in Alabama because of the state's crackdown on illegal immigration.

Leaders of the group said in a telephone news conference Thursday that they also plan to have demonstrations in front of 73 Hyundai dealerships around the county to encourage the South Korean auto manufacturer to publicly take a stance against Alabama's immigration law.

State tourism director Lee Sentell says tourists spent $10.2 billion in Alabama last year. He says it was the first year tourists had spent more than $10 billion in Alabama.

Sentell said immigrants would be hurt by such an action because of the number of immigrants who have jobs in the tourism industry.

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