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ARC Report: 5,100 Children of Deported Parents Now In Foster Care

We know that deportations can have a destructive impact on immigrant families. A new report from the Applied Research Center, Shattered Families: The Perilous Intersection of Immigration Enforcement and the Child Welfare System, found that over 5,000 children of deported parents are now stuck in the foster care system.

Retired Federal Judge U.W. Clemon Speaks Out Against Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

Jose Antonio Vargas is in Alabama reporting on the state’s viciiously anti-immigrant law. Over the weekend, he spoke to former Federal District Court Judge U.W. Clemon at the 16th Street Church in Birmingham. Clemon, who is a legal legend in the state, spoke out strongly against HB 56.

With Anti-Immigrant HB 56, “Alabama Is Revisiting Its Darkest Pre-Civil Rights Traditions”

Our colleague, Maribel Hastings, who has been in Alabama for the past week, wrote a very powerful column, which appeared in The Guardian over the weekend. It’s definitely worth a read, highlighting the very human toll the new anti-immigrant law is having. The piece is titled, “Sweet home Alabama no more.”

AP: Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law “May Be Backfiring.” Supporters of Mass Deportation Cheer

News reports continue to highlight the devastating effects of Alabama’s new immigration law on children, families, and entire industries. Meanwhile, supporters of the law, including anti-immigrant members of Congress and nativist organizations, seem quite comfortable with its destructive impact.

DOJ Asks Appeals Court to Block Implementation of Alabama Immigration Law

Breaking news today on the legal front regarding the Alabama immigration law. The Department of Justice has asked the 11th Circuit to block implementation of the law: The federal government asked an appeals court on Friday to halt an Alabama immigration law considered by many as the toughest in the United States, saying it invites discrimination against foreign-born citizens and legal immigrants.