Alabama's Shame

"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 .

Is Alabama immigration law creating a 'humanitarian crisis'?

"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...

A Rush To Calm Alabama's Frightened Families

"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 was...

Alabama parents fearing deportation make plans for kids

"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...

Parents report Hispanic students face bullying following Alabama immigration law

"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...

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...

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...

The Prospects and Challenges of Educational Reform for Latino Undocumented Children: An Essay Examining Alabama’s H.B. 56 and Other State Immigration Measures

"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 area...