"As for Alabama, one has to wonder at such counterproductive cruelty. Do
Alabamans want children too frightened to go to school? Or pregnant
women too frightened to seek care? Whom could that possibly benefit?"
New York Times Editorial, Oct. 4, 2011 .
"The big question is whether the students absent this week will
return once, and if, fears about being reported to immigration
authorities fade. American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said Alabama has crossed an unprecedented line, waging a political battle over immigration...
"Roughly 80 people, most of them Spanish-speaking women and children,
packed the media center of Tarrant Elementary School, just north of
Birmingham, Ala., recently. Considering the number of kids in the room
and spilling out into the hallways, there was surprisingly little noise. It
"Terrified by Alabama 's
strict new immigration crackdown, parents living in the state illegally
say they are doing something that was unthinkable just days ago —
asking friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances to take their
children if they're arrested or deported...
"Spanish-speaking parents say their children are facing more
bullying and taunts at school since Alabama's tough crackdown on illegal
immigration took effect last month. Many blame the name-calling on
fallout from the law, which has been widely covered in the news,
discussed in some...
"Whether the critics are correct in arguing that the law has created a
“chilling effect,” inducing families to pull their children out of
school, is harder to measure than it may seem. While daily absences by Hispanic students ranged as high as 5,143, or 15
percent of the Hispanic...
"Today, the Justice Department issued a letter to Alabama school
districts reminding them of their obligation under federal law that a
state may not deny a child equal access to public education based on
his or her immigration status. The department also requested
information regarding enrollment...
"This essay analyzes the provisions of Alabama’s recent anti-illegal
immigration law that affect the education of undocumented children and
examines their constitutionality in view of current federal law, as
embodied in Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982). As immigration law is an