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Alabama Immigration Law

Some African-Americans in Alabama see HB 56 as "a giant step backwards"

Maribel Hastings | Posted 07.23.2012 | Latino Voices
Maribel Hastings

That community finds itself in dire straits in Alabama under its new law HB 56, which, even after a court ruling temporarily blocking some provisions from being enforced, continues to wreak havoc among families made up of immigrants, legal residents and citizens, and continues to affect the economy and the image Alabama is projecting to the country and the world.

Government Won't Help Alabama Enforce Controversial Law

AP | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) WASHINGTON -- The government hasn't offered to help Alabama put in place a strict immigration law that...

Dave Jamieson

Opponents Of Alabama Law Rally Around Deli Owner, Latino Workers | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.24.2011 | Latino Voices

Last week HuffPost told the story of Steve Dubrinsky, a Birmingham deli owner who was pilloried by strangers for defending his Latino workforce in an ...

After Tough Alabama Law, Few Americans Taking Immigrants Work

AP | By JAY REEVES and ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

ONEONTA, Ala. -- Potato farmer Keith Smith saw most of his immigrant workers leave after Alabama's tough immigration law took effect, so he hired Amer...

Dave Jamieson

In Alabama, Defending Even Legal Workers Invites Fury | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics

When Alabama's sweeping new immigration law went into effect last month, Birmingham business owner Steve Dubrinsky realized he had a serious problem. ...

The Three Faces of Racial Profiling: The ACLU Connects the Dots

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

Now is the time for us to come together and end this unlawful practice. Racial profiling is ineffective, erodes public trust in law enforcement and violates the Constitution. It has no place in American life.

Elise Foley

Arizona Gov.: Alabama Will Survive Immigration Law | Elise Foley | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

LAS VEGAS -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who put in place the first in a string of state crackdowns on unauthorized immigration, defended on Tuesday a si...

Plan To Replace Workers Scared Away By Ala. Law Coming Up Short

Posted 12.18.2011 | Business

By Jay Reeves The Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Jerry Spencer had an idea after Alabama's tough new law against illegal immigration s...

Court Blocks Alabama From Checking Undocumented Student Status

AP | By GREG BLUESTEIN and JAY REEVES | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Armando Cardenas says he has thought about leaving Alabama because of the possibility of being arrested as an illegal immigrant an...

Missing: Alabama's Latinos, Obama Must Act!

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 12.14.2011 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

Just when we thought the South was making amends for its horrid past, Alabama did an about-face. The Alabama legislature passed an immigration law that makes Arizona's law look almost tame and the results are taking a huge toll.

Elise Foley

Alabama Immigration Law Partially Blocked | Elise Foley | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

Several provisions of a harsh Alabama immigration law were blocked by a federal appeals court on Friday, ending their enforcement until the court can ...

Elise Foley

Alabama Immigrants To DOJ: 'The Situation Here Is Very Dire' | Elise Foley | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

Department of Justice officials made a surprise appearance at a community forum in Birmingham, Ala. on Thursday evening, encouraging residents to repo...

Elise Foley

South Carolina Immigration Law Faces Legal Challenge | Elise Foley | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of immigrant rights groups filed a suit on Wednesday to block South Carolina's crackdown on unauthorized immigration, saying...

Alabama Immigration Law Protesters Shut Down Businesses

Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

By JAY REEVES, ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- At least a half-dozen poultry plants shut down or scaled back operations Wednesday and ma...

Alabama's Assault on Civil and Human Rights

Marielena Hincapié | Posted 12.12.2011 | Latino Voices
Marielena Hincapié

The passage of Alabama's draconian HB 56 and the federal court's decision must be a call to action for all of us. Children's groups, educators, civil and human rights defenders must stand up against such oppressive laws that threaten the very fabric of our society.

Hey Alabama, Take A Hint From California

Mónica García | Posted 12.12.2011 | Latino Voices
Mónica García

While Alabama and other states are putting barriers to the education of immigrant children, California celebrates Latino Heritage Month by passing the California Dream Act, which will ensure that all deserving students get the opportunity to pursue higher education and be productive members of society.

Crisis in Alabama: "We need your help"

Maribel Hastings | Posted 12.12.2011 | Latino Voices
Maribel Hastings

Pedro and his wife, both of whom are undocumented immigrants, decided to put all their belongings in the car and leave with their son for Arizona. Even with its SB 1070 immigration law, they expect Arizona to treat them better than Alabama under its law HB 56.

Alabama Urges Court Not To Block Controversial Immigration Law

Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

By Kate Brumback, The Associated Press ATLANTA -- Alabama asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to allow the state to enforce much of its strict la...

El Chanclaso Never Forgets a Transgression

El Chanclaso | Posted 12.10.2011 | Latino Voices
El Chanclaso

Some people still deserve chanclasos. And we're going to let them have it here in our weekly column, El Chanclaso. Sergio, our resident chancludo, will turn a critical eye on political shenanigans, and current issues and events with his chancla firmly in hand.

Alabama Immigrants Fearing Deportation Make Plans For Children

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Terrified by Alabama's strict new immigration crackdown, parents living in the state illegally ...

Hank Williams' Family And One Cruel Ruling In Not-So-Sweet Alabama

Countdown with Keith Olbermann // Current TV | Joe Lapointe | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

If Hank Williams Sr. – the original Hank – were alive today, what sort of song might he write for the harsh, new immigration law in his native Ala...

HB 56: Granting Legal Authority Over Children And Property of Others

Maribel Hastings | Posted 12.07.2011 | Latino Voices
Maribel Hastings

The panic continues. Federal judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn refused to stop enforcement of immigration law HB 56 while her decision to let the worst provisions of the law stand is appealed by the Department of Justice and civil rights groups.

Justice Department Asks Federal Appeals Court To Block Enforcement Of Controversial Immigration Law

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

ATLANTA — The federal government asked an appeals court Friday to stop Alabama officials from enforcing a strict immigration law that has alread...

Alabama's History With Jim Crow Revisited

Michael Wildes | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics
Michael Wildes

As a country founded by immigrants, we should be defending core American values -- education and the prevention of racial profiling and discrimination. Legislative extremism only perpetuates the notion that all undocumented immigrants pose a threat to this country.

HB 56: American Kids Pay The Price

Maribel Hastings | Posted 12.06.2011 | Latino Voices
Maribel Hastings

Their story is the same one heard all over the state: they don't dare drive because they're afraid of being detained; they think twice before going to the market to buy food because they're afraid of being detained; they're afraid of going to the doctor because they're afraid of being detained; they're afraid to take their native-born U.S. citizen children to the doctor because they're afraid of being detained.