If Plyler is the target, children are collateral damage

"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...

Alabama immigration fight recalls civil rights era

"Alabama's jump to the forefront says as much about the country's evolving demographics as it does the nation's collective memory of the state's sometimes violent path to desegregation." - Associated Press, Oct. 29, 2011 .

Domestic Abuse Fears Grow in Immigrant Communities

"Alabama’s new immigration law has abuse survivors and their advocates holding their breath. The law is the latest challenge to those trapped in abusive relationships who have concerns about either their own immigration status, that of their abuser or their children." - Laura Tillman...

DOJ Letter to Alabama School Districts: Children Deserve Equal Access to Public Education

"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...

Alabama Hispanic students not coming back

"Over a month after the nation’s toughest immigration law took effect in Alabama, hundreds of Hispanic students are still missing from the state’s public school system – and they are likely gone for good." - Politico, Nov. 2, 2011 .

Update from Alabama: Attorney General Posts Guidance on the Toughest Immigration Law in the Nation

" Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced that he has established a special webpage for providing updates and information on Alabama’s new immigration law, Act No. 2011-535, which is widely considered to be the toughest in the nation. Signed into law on June 9, 2011, the...

One of Alabama's Worst Times Since Jim Crow

"Scott Douglas, III, Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Ministries describes Alabama's new anti-immigration law as a cynical effort to "put families on the run and divide them." Douglas compares the law to the fugitive slave acts, saying it has created "one of Alabama's...

DOJ to Alabama: Step away from the schoolhouse door

DOJ response to Alabama's demand for citation of legal authority to collect information on the new Alabama immigration law. - DOJ, Nov. 4, 2011 .

Standing in the schoolhouse door

"Surely Alabama’s attorney general, Luther Strange, did not mean to summon the memory of Gov. George Wallace when he picked a fight with the Department of Justice last week over the state’s new immigration law. Surely no law-enforcement official of his stature would have responded...

Job-killing (or at least job-slowing) regulations: the Alabama immigration law

"Enforcing a major part of Georgia’s strict new immigration law could delay licenses for tens of thousands accountants, nurses and many other professionals by an additional three to four months, Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Friday." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nov. 5,...

Another utility in Alabama refuses to provide water, electricity to immigrants

"Decatur Utilities now prohibits [unauthorized] immigrants from obtaining electric, gas, water or sewer service, an official said Friday. Stephen Pirkle, DU business manager and chief financial officer, said DU previously required residents seeking utilities to provide identification, but...

Birmingham Board of Education will condemn Alabama's immigration law officially, members say

"After hearing tearful comments from students, teachers and others about Alabama's new immigration law , the Birmingham Board of Education said it will pass a resolution in the next few days condemning the law. At this evening's meeting, the board heard from 10 members of the audience...

In Alabama, Calls for Revamping Immigration Law

"An increasing number of state lawmakers say they are willing to consider critical changes to Alabama’s sweeping anti- immigration law, part of which appears to make proof of citizenship or legal residency a requirement even for mundane activities like garbage pickup, dog licenses and...

Mercedes-Benz manager from Germany arrested under Alabama’s strict new immigration law

"A German manager with Mercedes-Benz is free after being arrested for not having a driver’s license with him under Alabama’s new law targeting illegal immigrants, authorities said Friday, in an otherwise routine case that drew the attention of Gov. Robert Bentley. Tuscaloosa Police...

Alabama Considers Revision of Immigration Law Ensnaring Mercedes Executive

"[W]ord of the arrest spread quickly through the state, amplifying a growing sentiment among many politicians, business owners and citizens that the immigration law, intended to drive off undocumented workers and free up jobs for the unemployed, is too strict and damages Alabama’s reputation...

Court blocks part of Alabama immigration law

"Today, the federal district court in Montgomery temporarily blocked a section of Alabama anti-immigrant law HB 56 that threatens to push families who cannot prove lawful status out of their homes. A civil rights coalition filed a lawsuit challenging this application of Section 30, which...

Sweet Home Alabama? Immigration and Civil Rights in the “New” South

"This essay contends that the civil rights implications for immigrants and Latinos raised by the state immigration laws are in many respects similar to the civil rights issues raised by Jim Crow for African-Americans. This is true even though the current litigation centers on federal preemption...

Alabama law threatens livelihood of tomato farmer

"When the law was passed, about 20 of Boatwright's farmhands — all of them from Mexico — left and his business was devastated. Boatwright tried to hire legal workers, but of the 11 Americans he hired that came and sought work, only one returned the for a second day of work. Boatwright...

Citing Immigrant Labor Shortage, Alabama Farmers Reduce Planting

"Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration. Keith Dickie said he and other growers in the heart of...

Alabama's bad road on immigration: Editorial

"Apparently, Alabama lawmakers felt they hadn't gone far enough last year when they enacted the most draconian immigration law in the nation, which, among other things, required schools to determine the immigration status of their students. Now, the Legislature has revised the law to...

Alabama’s Show-Me-Your-Papers Law: A Cautionary Tale for Georgia

Clanton, Alabama - "A central part of Alabama’s immigration law has become such a thorny problem for this town that the police chief has declared he will no longer enforce it. Chief Brian Stilwell said that measure — which critics call the show-me-your-papers law — has made immigrants...

Alabama Immigration Law Gridlocks Licensing Process

"A catch-22 in Alabama’s immigration law may be preventing some legal immigrants from getting state licenses to work in a wide range of professions, from nursing to general contracting. The immigration law, passed in 2010, says that non-U.S. residents must be cleared through a federal database...

Settlement Ends Alabama Immigration Lawsuit

"The state of Alabama agreed Tuesday to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration, which has mostly been gutted by federal court decisions. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a proposed settlement that would end a federal...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2013 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Report Faults Procedures for Issuance of NTAs | On October 22, 2013, the Center for Immigrants’ Rights at Pennsylvania State University Law School released a report criticizing various practices related to the issuance of Notices to Appear in removal proceedings. Based on a survey and documents...

Much of Alabama's Immigration Statute Permanently Enjoined

"The Justice Department's lawsuit against Alabama over the state's far-reaching immigration law has been settled, with seven provisions of the law permanently blocked, a DOJ spokeswoman said this afternoon. The settlement was signed today by U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn...