Unintended effects of the Alabama HB 56 immigration law on crime: A preliminary analysis
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2016 Elsevier B.V. The Alabama HB 56 act passed in 2011 is the strictest anti-illegal immigration bill in the United States. Using the synthetic control method to create a counterfactual Alabama, this paper provides suggestive evidence that Alabama HB 56 led to an increase in violent crime rates, but had no significant impact on property crime rates.