"Alabama's jump to the forefront says as much about the country's
evolving demographics as it does the nation's collective memory of the
state's sometimes violent path to desegregation." - Associated Press, Oct. 29, 2011 .
"Alabama’s new immigration law has abuse survivors and their advocates
holding their breath. The law is the latest challenge to those trapped
in abusive relationships who have concerns about either their own
immigration status, that of their abuser or their children." - Laura Tillman...
"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...
"Over a month after the nation’s toughest immigration law took effect in
Alabama, hundreds of Hispanic students are still missing from the
state’s public school system – and they are likely gone for good." - Politico, Nov. 2, 2011 .
" 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 the nation. Signed into law on
June 9, 2011, the...
"Scott Douglas, III, Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Ministries
describes Alabama's new anti-immigration law as a cynical effort to "put
families on the run and divide them." Douglas compares the law to the
fugitive slave acts, saying it has created "one of Alabama's...
DOJ response to Alabama's demand for citation of legal authority to collect information on the new Alabama immigration law. - DOJ, Nov. 4, 2011 .
"Surely Alabama’s attorney general, Luther Strange, did not mean to
summon the memory of Gov. George Wallace when he picked a fight with the
Department of Justice last week over the state’s new immigration law. Surely no law-enforcement official of his stature would have responded...
"Enforcing a major part of Georgia’s strict new immigration law could
delay licenses for tens of thousands accountants, nurses and many other
professionals by an additional three to four months, Secretary of State
Brian Kemp said Friday." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nov. 5,...
"Decatur Utilities now prohibits [unauthorized] immigrants from obtaining
electric, gas, water or sewer service, an official said Friday. Stephen Pirkle, DU business manager and chief financial officer, said
DU previously required residents seeking utilities to provide
"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, the board heard from 10 members of the
"An increasing number of state lawmakers say they are willing to consider critical changes to Alabama’s sweeping anti- immigration
law, part of which appears to make proof of citizenship or legal
residency a requirement even for mundane activities like garbage pickup,
dog licenses and...
"A German manager with Mercedes-Benz is free after being arrested for
not having a driver’s license with him under Alabama’s new law targeting
illegal immigrants, authorities said Friday, in an otherwise routine
case that drew the attention of Gov. Robert Bentley. Tuscaloosa Police...
"[W]ord of the
arrest spread quickly through the state, amplifying a growing
sentiment among many politicians, business owners and citizens
that the immigration law, intended to drive off undocumented
workers and free up jobs for the unemployed, is too strict and
damages Alabama’s reputation...
"Today, the federal district court in Montgomery temporarily blocked a
section of Alabama anti-immigrant law HB 56 that threatens to push
families who cannot prove lawful status out of their homes. A civil
rights coalition filed a lawsuit
challenging this application of Section 30, which...
"This essay contends that the civil rights implications for immigrants
and Latinos raised by the state immigration laws are in many respects
similar to the civil rights issues raised by Jim Crow for
African-Americans. This is true even though the current litigation
centers on federal preemption...
"When the law was passed, about 20 of Boatwright's farmhands — all of them from Mexico — left and his business was devastated. Boatwright
tried to hire legal workers, but of the 11 Americans he hired that came
and sought work, only one returned the for a second day of work. Boatwright...
"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...
"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...
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...
"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...
By Lou Cannon |
With immigration reform blocked by partisan gridlock and government shutdown in Washington, states led by California have stepped in to ease the plight of illegal immigrants. "While Washington waffles on immigration, California's forging ahead," Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said...
"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...
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...
"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...