Businesses reopen after Ala. immigration protest

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2011 11:43 AM
Businesses reopen after Ala. immigration protest

Hispanic businesses are reopening and children are back in school a day after workers protested 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 Wednesday because of a lack of workers. School officials say many Hispanic students who were absent are now in class.

Hispanic immigrants, most of them of Mexican origin, are upset with the tough new law. Some have even fled the state since a judge upheld it a couple of weeks ago.

Officials say a one-day protest will have had little economic impact on the state.