Hyundai, one of the largest employers in the state of Alabama, has been urged by a group of 15 civil rights organizations and labor unions, including the United Auto Workers and NAACP, to help overturn Alabama's immigration law.
The law was put into effect in September of 2011, and it requires police, among other things, to check the identification and immigration status of anyone detained and suspected of being an illegal immigrant. At least two employees of foreign automakers in Alabama have had run-ins with the police over the law. Wade Henderson, CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said this in a statement:
According to Automotive News, Hyundai executives in Korea have "agreed to consider the matter." That doesn't sound particularly meaningful to us, and, for that matter, we're not entirely clear on what the groups expect Hyundai – or Mercedes-Benz or Honda, other large automakers with operations in Alabama – to do about the controversial law anyway.
"We came today as shareholders working within the company to press our case. By [Hyundai's] silence in Alabama, it is acquiescing to a human rights disaster. We hope we will engage leaders in thoughtful conversation about taking steps to repeal this law."