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Alabama Immigration Law Fight Moves To South Korea

"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 traveled Friday to Hyundai's headquarters in ...

Alabama Faith Leaders Launch TV Ad Against HB56

"Ahead of Easter and Passover, faith leaders across Alabama have asked state lawmakers to hear "the cries of their people", reflect and revise what they deem the toughest-in-the-nation immigration law. A coalition called Faith Leaders for a Welcoming Alabama on Tuesday announced...

Alabama Employers Miss E-Verify Registration Deadline

"Tens of thousands of Alabama businesses have missed a deadline set by the state's strict immigration law to register with a federal database used to verify the citizenship status of job applicants, according to registration numbers. Some companies said they didn't know about the requirement...

Politicized Neglect: A Report from Etowah County Detention Center

"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 at Etowah do not meet ICE's OWN detention...

Alabama Bill Tries to Put the CLE Hurt on Immigration Lawyers

"This past April, Alabama Senator Holley recently introduced Senate Bill 543 (SB543) that would require attorneys who practice immigration law in the State of Alabama to complete an additional 50 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours on top of the requisite 12 CLE hours already mandated...

DOJ Letter: Dear Alabama Schools...

"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"...

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...

Federal Court Blocks Most of GA, AL Anti-Immigrant Laws

"A federal appeals court today blocked key provisions of Alabama and Georgia’s anti-immigrant laws. Significantly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit found that section 28 of Alabama’s law which requires the immigration verification of newly enrolled K – 12 students...

Pork-Barrel Politics Keep Alabama Immigration Jail Open: NBC on Etowah

Hats off to Lisa Riordan Seville and Hannah Rappleye, NBC News, for exposing, in detail, how ICE bowed to political pressure to keep a sub-par immigration jail (Etowah County Detention Center, a.k.a. 'hell on Earth') open in Gadsden, Alabama. Here are the links: When feds sought to shutter...

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...

Alabama Deputy Sheriff Facing Deportation

"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 with being an illegal immigrant and possessing firearms...

Civil Rights Coalition Files Lawsuit to Stop Alabama from Blacklisting Immigrants

"A coalition of civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit today to stop a portion of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law requiring state officials to post an online list of immigrants who may be undocumented, without providing them with any way to contest their inclusion in the database." ...

Alabama to Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees

"Alabama officials have announced that young immigrants who came to the country as children—also known as DREAMers—will be allowed to apply for state driver's licenses. The decision affects an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 DREAMers who stand to benefit from the federal government's...

Supreme Court Leaves Block of Alabama Immigration Law in Place

"The Supreme Court rebuffed the state of Alabama on Monday by deciding not to intervene in a case where federal judges blocked a state law that criminalizes the harboring of illegal immigrants. By refusing to hear Alabama's appeal of the Obama administration's lower court victories, the...

Alabama Immigration Law Asks Doctors For Their Papers

"Some Alabama physicians and physician assistants were surprised this week to receive a letter with a new demand from the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners: Show us your papers. Under the state's 2011 immigration law, these medical professionals are now required to prove they are U.S. citizens...

Tornado Brings Together Alabama Town Fractured by Immigration Debate

"For years before a tornado hit, few besides the immigrants who work at nearby poultry plants ventured down the pothole-rutted dirt roads of "Little Mexico." The community, whose official name is Kilpatrick, comprises a large population of Latin American residents who previously mingled...

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...

Immigration Lessons from Alabama

"“Illegal is illegal.” With that rallying cry, Alabama passed HB 56 in 2011, the harshest state immigration law in the country. The lead sponsor of the bill boasted to state representatives that the law “attacks every aspect of an illegal alien’s life.” Among its...

Alabama Settles Lawsuit, Won't Publish 'Scarlet Letter' Immigrant List

"Alabama has agreed not publish a list of immigrants in the country illegally who are arrested and appear in court, meaning it won't enforce a law passed by the Legislature in 2012. The state had yet to implement the law and to publish what critics called a "scarlet letter list." The...

FLSA Lawsuit Recovers Guestworker Wages: Fuentes Cordova v. R&A Oysters

SPLC, Mar. 17, 2016 - "A federal judge this week ordered a Gulf Coast seafood company to pay $30,000 to 18 guest workers whose wages were pushed below the minimum wage by their employer, resolving one of the claims in an SPLC lawsuit. In a separate order last week, U.S. District Judge William H...

Alabama Can't Block Refugees: Alabama v. U.S.

Alabama v. U.S., July 29, 2016 - "Plaintiffs assert three claims for declaratory and injunctive relief against Defendants under the Declaratory Judgment Act, the Refugee Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the Mandamus and Venue Act. As discussed below, each of Plaintiffs’ three claims...