DOJ Concerned About Civil Rights Fallout From Alabama Law

DOJ Concerned About Civil Rights Fallout From Alabama Law

"Justice Department officials met with civic and religious leaders in Alabama Friday morning.  Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez told reporters that local leaders are concerned about reports of increased bullying in schools and a large absence of Hispanic students from classes. The section of the law that raised those worries is now blocked.  Perez also said he is "absolutely" sure that victims of crime are not going to police out of fear of being deported. Given Friday's news, that could remain a concern.  Three or four Justice Department lawyers remain in Alabama investigating the impact of the law, Perez said."

Associated Press, Oct. 15, 2011.