“Like thousands of Kanye fans, I grew up listening to Hip-Hop, and it was one of the things that shaped my consciousness about race and justice,” said William Anderson, who launched the petition on Change.org. “Alabama’s new immigration law is an attack on the state’s citizens, documented and undocumented. In the spirit of the social justice and hip hop, I hope that Kanye listens to his fans and takes a few minutes to learn and educate others about the crisis that is happening in Alabama.”
More than 900 people have signed the petition so far.
Kanye doesn't have a concert scheduled in Alabama but he is there preparing for his tour with Jay-Z.
Obviously, Kanye is not an expert on immigration but he can help create more public awareness of the immigration issue.
Here are some facts about Alabama's immigration law, which is being challenged by the Obama Administration. It is considered the toughest state immigration law in the United States.
In mid-October a federal appeals court blocked parts of the law, including a provision that schools check the immigration status of children and their parents.
Still standing is a provision that police check the immigration status of someone arrested or pulled over if they have "reasonable suspicion" they are undocumented.
Also, the court let stand a provision that makes it a felony for an undocumented immigrant to conduct a "business transaction" with the state. This could include obtaining a driver's license.