Jose Contreras and his wife Nelva discuss the reasons for closing their Hispanic store and restaurant (rear) in Albertville, Ala., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Dozens of businesses across the state shut down as Hispanics took a day off from work to protest against Alabama's tough new immigration law. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Jose Contreras and his wife Nelva discuss the reasons for closing their Hispanic store and restaurant (rear) in Albertville, Ala., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. Dozens of businesses across the state shut down as Hispanics took a day off from work to protest against Alabama's tough new immigration law. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
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published Wednesday, October 12th, 2011
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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — Along Main Street in this small Alabama town, the Mexican restaurant was closed, lights were out at a Hispanic-owned grocery store and even a bank catering to Spanish speakers was dark. Nearby, the usual hum of a chicken processing plant was silent.

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