Immigration Law

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Alabama immigration law author snubs farmers despite crop losses
Posted on 4 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A sponsor of Alabama's tough new immigration law told desperate tomato farmers Monday that he won't change the law, even though they told him that their crops are rotting in the field and they are at risk of losing their farms."... Read More

Justice Department appeals Alabama immigration ruling
Posted on 30 Sep 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Obama administration on Friday asked a federal appeals court to block Alabama's strict new anti-illegal immigration law after a federal judge allowed key portions to take effect." Reuters, Sept. 30, 2011. Read More

Parents report Hispanic students face bullying following Alabama immigration law
Posted on 25 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Politicized Neglect: A Report from Etowah County Detention Center
Posted on 6 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This report details findings from an assessment of the Etowah County Detention Center in Alabama, which houses both criminal inmates and immigrant detainees. The Women's Refugee Commission found that, disturbingly, the conditions of confinement... Read More

Update from Alabama: Attorney General Posts Guidance on the Toughest Immigration Law in the Nation
Posted on 5 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" 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... Read More

Alabama Deputy Sheriff Facing Deportation
Posted on 11 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A Canadian man who served as a reserve deputy for 25 years in southeast Alabama is facing charges of being in the United States illegally, and the sheriff he worked for isn't happy about it. Kevin Dwight Venhuis, 46, of Abbeville is charged... Read More

Alabama Schedules Webinar for Farmers
Posted on 12 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Farmers with questions about how the state’s immigration law will affect their operations will have an opportunity to learn more Friday through a statewide web conference. ... “This law contains many provisions with stiff fines and... Read More

Citing Immigrant Labor Shortage, Alabama Farmers Reduce Planting
Posted on 15 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Justice Dept. officials visit Alabama over immigration law
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Two top Justice Department officials traveled to Alabama on Monday to gather information on the impact of the state’s controversial immigration law and said they are concerned the toughest-in-the-nation crackdown has run afoul of federal... Read More

Tags: Alabama , DOJ

Hispanic Students Absent From Alabama Schools Following Controversial Immigration Law
Posted on 1 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn... Read More

Oops. Man Cited in Alabama Senators’ Push to Enforce New Immigration Law is a Legal Resident
Posted on 6 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A misdemeanor charge against an alleged undocumented immigrant in Etowah County, Ala., last week was billed as the first in the state under a controversial new law that allows police to check the immigration status of an arrestee. Taken into... Read More

Birmingham Board of Education will condemn Alabama's immigration law officially, members say
Posted on 9 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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,... Read More

SPLC Urges DHS to End Raids Terrorizing Latino Communities in North Alabama
Posted on 18 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) urged the Department of Homeland Security today to end raids by federal immigration agents that have terrorized north Alabama families and that undermine federal efforts to protect the civil rights of... Read More

Tags: Alabama , raids , ICE , SPLC

Alabama Immigration Law Fight Moves To South Korea
Posted on 17 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai, which has large plants in Alabama, hasn't responded publicly to the state's extreme immigration law -- yet. Civil rights and labor organizations hope that will change, particularly after they... Read More

Shame on Alabama
Posted on 5 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Why the rush to symbolize intolerance by enacting the country’s most restrictionist and comprehensively anti-immigrant statute? Such laws are mean-spirited and punitive. The schoolchildren are already not showing up for classes. In enacting... Read More

  • Blog Post: Judge Upholds Key Parts Of Alabama Immigration Law

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - (AP) A federal judge refused Wednesday to block key parts of a closely watched Alabama law that is considered the strictest state effort to clamp down on illegal immigration, including a measure that requires immigration checks of public school students. U.S. District Judge Sharon...
  • Blog Post: Justice Department appeals Alabama immigration ruling

    "The Obama administration on Friday asked a federal appeals court to block Alabama's strict new anti-illegal immigration law after a federal judge allowed key portions to take effect." Reuters, Sept. 30, 2011.
  • Blog Post: Hispanic Students Absent From Alabama Schools Following Controversial Immigration Law

    "Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home...
  • Blog Post: The Vanishing

    "Critics of the law, particularly farmers, contractors and home builders, say the measure has already been devastating, leaving rotting crops in fields and critical shortages of labor. They say that even fully documented Hispanic workers are leaving, an assessment that seems to be borne...
  • Blog Post: 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 .
  • Blog Post: Alabama's Immigration Ruling: What It Means For Your State

    "The evidence is clear: anti-immigrant laws such as those pursued by Alabama kill jobs, hurt state economies, endanger communities, and drive away taxpayers — in addition to systematizing discrimination in a manner that clearly does not represent American values. Laws like these are...
  • Blog Post: Alabama immigration law author snubs farmers despite crop losses

    "A sponsor of Alabama's tough new immigration law told desperate tomato farmers Monday that he won't change the law, even though they told him that their crops are rotting in the field and they are at risk of losing their farms." Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2011 .
  • Blog Post: State Legislation as Steam Valve?

    "Think of this sort of state legislation as serving a steam-valve function. Undocumented aliens, meanwhile, will gravitate to states that welcome immigrants, legal or not." Prof. Peter Spiro, New York Times, Oct. 4, 2011 .
  • Blog Post: Shame on Alabama

    "Why the rush to symbolize intolerance by enacting the country’s most restrictionist and comprehensively anti-immigrant statute? Such laws are mean-spirited and punitive. The schoolchildren are already not showing up for classes. In enacting bans on college enrollments and counting measures...
  • Blog Post: Oops. Man Cited in Alabama Senators’ Push to Enforce New Immigration Law is a Legal Resident

    "A misdemeanor charge against an alleged undocumented immigrant in Etowah County, Ala., last week was billed as the first in the state under a controversial new law that allows police to check the immigration status of an arrestee. Taken into custody Friday for allegedly obstructing a government...
  • Blog Post: Answer to immigration crisis? "Quit eating."

    Crops are rotting in the fields because farmers can't find enough workers to harvest them. Even legal immigrants are not showing up for jobs at construction sites and poultry plants because, agriculture and industry officials say, they fear a hostile state climate. ... Smith said he has four...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Feds ask 11th Cir. to block Alabama immigration law

    " The federal government asked an appeals court Friday to halt the Alabama immigration law considered by many the toughest in the U.S., saying it could have dire diplomatic consequences abroad, invites discrimination and merely forces illegal immigrants into neighboring states. The motion...
  • Blog Post: State Senator files bill to repeal Alabama immigration law

    " Alabama Sen. Billy Beasley has filed a bill to repeal Alabama's sweeping immigration law, saying it is causing severe workforce shortages and problems in state courthouses and schools. "The people in the agriculture community are not happy with it because they can't get workers...
  • Blog Post: Alabama cops get training on state immigration law

    "Alabama Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier called it "a meeting of do's and don'ts." Officials with the department met with local law enforcement Thursday to discuss enforcing the new immigration law. Most of the law was broken down into smaller parts to help guide...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Immigration Law Puts Squeeze on Schools

    "Alabama school districts are reeling from the impact of the state’s tough, new immigration law and a federal court ruling upholding a portion of the statute that requires schools to report on the immigration status of their students. That requirement flies in the face of long-standing...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Farm Groups Doubt Prisoner Remedy

    "Using prisoners to pick up the slack is likely to fall short in addressing the labor issue, if Georgia--a state that also saw Hispanic agricultural workers flee over the anti-immigration law--is any guide." International Business Times, Oct. 7, 2011 .
  • Blog Post: Alabama's immigration law prompts alarm

    "Alabama's estimated 130,000 illegal immigrants are worried. They are confused. And in some cases, they have disappeared. They have disappeared from classrooms and from tomato fields. Last week, some had disappeared from the Guadalajara Jalisco restaurant, a former diner now serving Tex...
  • Blog Post: Congress' inaction on immigration reform fuels states' actions

    "When Alabama lawmakers passed the state's new immigration law this summer, they complained they had to act because Congress and the Obama administration had failed to address the pressing issue. It looks like Congress is still not going to act any time soon." Montgomery Advertiser...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Even documented workers driven out by Alabama law

    "Alabama's strict new immigration law may be backfiring. Intended to force illegal workers out of jobs, it is also driving away many construction workers, roofers and field hands here legally who do backbreaking jobs that Americans generally won't. ... Rick Pate, the owner of a commercial...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Schedules Webinar for Farmers

    "Farmers with questions about how the state’s immigration law will affect their operations will have an opportunity to learn more Friday through a statewide web conference. ... “This law contains many provisions with stiff fines and penalties,” said John McMillan, state agriculture...
  • Blog Post: Calls to SPLC Hotline Show Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law Creating Humanitarian Crisis

    "Since the Southern Poverty Law Center established a hotline last week to report issues with Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law, we have received more than 1,000 calls, illustrating clearly that the law is on the verge of creating a humanitarian crisis for immigrants in the state –...
  • Blog Post: Justice Department Establishes Hotline, E-Mail for Alabama H.B. 56 Civil Rights Concerns

    On October 13, 2011, via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook , the Department of Justice broadcast the following message : " To report potential civil rights concerns related to Alabama’s HB 56, contact 1-855-353-1010 or hb56@usdoj.gov ."