"The Justice Department released a letter late Thursday afternoon,
hours after six individuals protesting Alabama's immigration law
conducted a sit-down demonstration near the Alabama Senate chamber,
saying Alabama's controversial immigration law had "significant and
measurable" impacts on schoolchildren. The letter, written by Assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas Perez,
said Section 28 of the current law, known as HB 56, could "implicate"
the 1964 Civil Rights Act, banning discrimination in public schools and
programs that receive federal assistance. The Justice Department sent the letter, dated May 1, to state
superintendent Tommy Bice. It focuses on the section of the law that
requires school districts to collect information on immigration status
from students at the time of enrollment." - Montgomery Advertiser, May 4, 2012.