Since the implementation of the Alabama immigration law, our team here at America’s Voice has been rotating through the Yellowhammer State, helping to organize a humanitarian response and collecting stories about how normal families have been affected by this monstrosity of a law.
Look out: Alabama is the target of a bunch of “outside agitators” again. You know, like when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers came here in the 1950s and ’60s. Only this time, the “outside agitators” are here for a different civil rights issue.
U.S. Justice Department officials said Friday the department is investigating complaints that Alabama’s immigration law is running afoul of federal civil rights laws by denying children access to public education.
One would think that if curbing illegal immigration was truly a state concern, the Legislature would pass a law that provided for training and funding for the various venues of enforcement.
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.
ON TUESDAY Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s civil-rights division, sent a letter to the superintendents of Alabama’s school districts. HB56, Alabama’s harsh immigration law, requires “public schools to determine the citizenship and immigration status of students enrolling.”
A scathing editorial in today’s Washington Post blasts Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law – and the failure of Congress to find a path to citizenship for the undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
A group of Democratic members of Congress opposed to Alabama’s immigration law will be in Birmingham later this month to draw attention to what they say is a civil rights emergency.
A federal appeals court in Atlanta has scheduled oral arguments involving Georgia and Alabama’s stringent new immigration laws for next year, likely leaving key parts of those measures on hold for several more months.
Farmers in Alabama are in revolt against the state’s over-the-top immigration law, which is designed to hound illegal immigrants so that they move elsewhere. As it happens, a substantial portion of farm workers there, as in other states, are undocumented. In the farmers’ view, the law is depriving them of steady, experienced labor — and threatening to deal a lethal blow to crops throughout the state.