Alabama made recruiting auto manufacturers a top economic priority for the state. And, it’s worked. Mercedes, Honda and Hyundai have plants in the state. Now, those car industry companies that Alabama prizes are facing pressure to join the fight against HB 56

When Alabama first began implementing its HB 56 anti-immigrant law, the Southern Law Poverty Center (SPLC) set up a hotline for Alabama immigrants and residents to call in with comments and complaints about how the law has affected them.

Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) turned a Mitt Romney debate line around on its head today with a speech on the House floor denouncing the idea that Arizona and its SB 1070 anti-immigrant law could be “a model” for the nation.

Amidst Mitt Romney’s victory in the Arizona primary yesterday are a series of indicators that show how the Republicans’ mishandling of the immigration issue during the primary season could have serious general election consequences for the GOP. Romney’s embrace of the immigration policy he calls “self-deportation” and his endorsement of Arizona’s “papers, please” SB1070 as a “model” for the nation are among the most visible examples of the fact that the Republican presidential primary race has tacked to the extreme right on immigration, hurting their chances with Latino voters.

Amidst Mitt Romney’s victory in the Arizona primary yesterday are a series of indicators that show how the Republicans’ mishandling of the immigration issue during the primary season could have serious general election consequences for the GOP.

As voters in Arizona and Michigan were voting in their states’ GOP primaries Tuesday, Democrats fired another round of criticism about front-runner Mitt Romney and what they say is his hostility to Latinos.

Following the hour-long interview from the White House granted last September to The Huffington Post , MSN Latino and Yahoo en Español, President Obama has recently stepped up his efforts to connect with the Hispanic community, granting more interviews and answering Latino voters’ questions.

Alabama’s harsh immigration law can’t be fixed and needs to be scrapped, a member of the state legislature said Monday. Sen. Billy Beasley, a Democrat who has introduced a bill to overturn the law, commented in a conference call organized by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has just released a report on the effects of HB 56.

Groups seeking to repeal a controversial Alabama immigration law are asking the state’s highly influential auto manufacturing industry to join their cause. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights wrote letters to all three of the state’s foreign-owned automakers highlighting that the bill has created “widespread racial profiling and other discrimination.”

Civil rights groups plan to increase pressure on automakers that have plants in Alabama in an effort to stop the state’s contested immigration law, a member of the coalition told The Huffington Post on Tuesday.