Yesterday, a Federal District Court Judge in Alabama delivered a decision that will have an immediate negative impact on immigrants and Latinos in that state. Judge Blackburn upheld some of the most egregious sections of Alabama’s punitive and discriminatory.

Major news from Alabama today. Federal District Court Judge Sharon Blackburn upheld several sections of Alabama’s worst-in-the-nation immigration law today

The DHS Task Force on Homeland Security issued its report this week, showing a deeply flawed program. Arturo Venegas resigned from the Task Force, noting, “I believe that Secure Communities is a deeply flawed program and that, in its current form, it is undermining public safety.”

In advance of the final DHS Secure Communities Task Force hearing in Arlington Virginia, America’s Voice Education Fund (AVEF) will release a new report, “Public Safety on ICE: How Do You Police a Community That Won’t Talk to You?” which documents the “chilling effect” that police-DHS collaboration has on immigrant crime victims and witnesses, and describes how programs like Secure Communities (S-Comm) actually make all of us less safe.

Boston’s Mayor and Police Commissioners were early supporters of the Secured Communities program. But, they’ve seen first hand that S-Comm is not what it was promised to be. They were misled by DHS, which is deporting non-criminals and disrupting communities while making them less safe. The DHS message to Governors and Mayors is: “We don’t want your input — we just want your fingerprints.”

In an effort to ensure their citizens are treated fairly in Alabama, 16 nations, including Mexico, filed briefs against the state’s controversial new immigration law that has already drawn fire from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Erick Velazquillo, a 22-year-old Central Piedmont Community College student living in the country illegally, was working on translating all his school transcripts. He thought he was going to be deported back to Mexico. Now immigration officials have dropped deportation efforts, his attorney confirmed Friday.

President Obama spoke briefly on Monday with a woman who is becoming a symbol of the effort to stop deportations of young illegal immigrants. Mercedes Gonzalez said in an interview that the president told her: “Everything is going to be fine. You’re going to be OK.”

Civil rights groups filed a motion in Alabama on Thursday asking a federal judge to stop what has been called the nation’s toughest new immigration law from taking effect. The motion for a preliminary injunction follows its class action lawsuit filed earlier this month.

Washington state has canceled the driver’s license of a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who publicly said he is an illegal immigrant. Officials opened an investigation after Jose Antonio Vargas’ essay about his background was published in the New York Times Magazine in June.