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.
Yesterday, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez wrote to Alabama school districts reminding them, “that denying innocent children the benefit of schooling provided to other students within the district was unconstitutional.”
The United States Department of Justice is seeking to block South Carolina’s anti-immigrant law. This marks the third challenge to a state immigration law by DOJ. The others are Arizona and Alabama.
Writing at CNN, former NY Times Editor Howell Raines, a native Alabaman, has harsh words for the state’s current Governor, Robert Bentley, and HB 56, the anti-immigrant legislation that the Governor signed into law earlier this year.
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.
The devastating impact of Alabama’s new immigration law continues to generate heartbreaking stories, including more articles from the state over the weekend that caught our attention.
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.”
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.
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.
One of the most egregious sections of the Alabama’s horrific immigration law turns schools into immigration enforcement authorities. That’s already having an impact on school kids.