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Alabama Immigration Law

As Immigration Law Takes Effect Ala. Workers Flee State

AP | By PHILLIP RAWLS | Posted 12.06.2011 | Business

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama's strict new immigration law may be backfiring. Intended to force illegal workers out of jobs, it is also driving away man...

First Person Detained Under New Alabama Immigration Law Turns Out To Be In U.S. Legally

Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

Mohamed Ali Muflahi, the first person arrested under Alabama's strict new immigration law, is actually residing in the United States legally, his atto...

Why Doesn't Mitt Romney Like Immigrant Youth?

Frank Sharry | Posted 12.04.2011 | Latino Voices
Frank Sharry

Mitt Romney thinks he's found his winning issue against Rick Perry. Got that? Mitt Romney's immigration plan is to crack down -- hard -- on immigrant youth.

Alabama's HB56 Shows Racism Still Part of State Culture

Keith Rushing | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Keith Rushing

Racism in the United States often increases during tough economic times and is reflected in scapegoating. That's what seems to have happened in Alabama.

Sweet Home Alabama?

Maribel Hastings | Posted 12.03.2011 | Latino Voices
Maribel Hastings

Alabama has a long history of shameful conduct in the nation's civil rights struggles. Heedless of its own history, it is tragically repeating it.

When Shackling Pregnant Women Is OK

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 12.03.2011 | Parents
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

When lockdowns, detention, and "enhanced coercive interrogation techniques" become everyday words, we are preparing children to accept as normal a world in which shackling pregnant women is ok.

Immigration vis-à-vis Illegal Immigration

Cynthia Kounaris | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Kounaris

Think about your immigrant grandparents or great-grandparents. Think about what inspired or drove them to leave their home, to take that huge leap of faith to come to America. What if there was no opportunity for them to come here legally? Would they have come illegally?

A Lot More Than Just Angst In Alabama

Janet Murguía | Posted 12.01.2011 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

This law harkens back to similar laws in Alabama's past. We have been down this road before, and this is not a part of Alabama's history that bears repeating. Allowing these provisions to go into law will wreak havoc on all the people of Alabama, not just its Latino residents.

Hispanic Students Vanish From Alabama Schools Following Controversial Immigration Law

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 07.20.2012 | Education

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough n...

Controversial Immigration Law Results In Tears, Absences And Withdrawn Students

Mobile Press-Register | Posted 07.23.2012 | Latino Voices

FOLEY, Alabama -- Many of the 223 Hispanic students at Foley Elementary came to school Thursday crying and afraid, said Principal Bill Lawrence.  ...

Is The Good Samaritan A Criminal In Alabama?

Rev. J.C. Austin | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Rev. J.C. Austin

The governor and the state legislature are focused on the lawyer's question from Scripture: "who is my neighbor?" Who do we have to treat as our neighbors, and who do we not?

Churches Lose Fight Over Alabama Immigration Law

Posted 11.29.2011 | Religion

By Brian Lawson Religion News Service HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS) A federal judge jolted the national immigration debate on Wednesday (Sept. 28) by app...

Police to Begin Enforcing Controversial Provisions Of Alabama Immigration Law

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Police in Alabama are getting ready to enforce what is considered by many as the toughest immigration law in the nation. B...

Judge Refuses To Block Key Parts Of Controversial Immigration Law

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A federal judge refused Wednesday to block key parts of a closely watched Alabama law that is considered the strictest state ...

Ruling Imminent On Controversial Immigration Law

Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

(AP) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A federal judge is set to rule on lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of Alabama's tough new law on undocumented immi...

Alabama Immigration Law Blocked By Federal Judge

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 10.29.2011 | Politics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration, ruling Monday that she ...

Obama Administration Challenges Alabama Immigration Law In Court

AP | By BOB JOHNSON | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Lawyers for the federal government and for a coalition of civil rights groups asked a federal judge Wednesday to block a new ...

Religious Leaders Battle Alabama Immigration Law

Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion

By Kent Faulk Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Alabama religious leaders have filed statements in federal court expressing their conce...

Alabama's Hispanic Students Back To School Despite Immigration Crackdown

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 10.16.2011 | Education

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Educators say Alabama's tough new crackdown on illegal immigrants isn't keeping Hispanic parents from sending their children to sc...

Alabama Immigration Law Would Criminalize 'Good Samaritans' | Posted 10.14.2011 | Latino Voices

CULLMAN, Ala. — On a sofa in the hallway of his office here, Mitchell Williams, the pastor of First United Methodist Church, announced that he was g...

Faith Leaders Challenge Alabama's Immigration Law

Posted 10.02.2011 | Religion

By Kent Faulk Religion News Service (RNS) Leaders of the Episcopal, Methodist and Roman Catholic churches in Alabama filed a federal lawsuit on Mo...

Alabama Immigration Law Won't Keep Kids Out Of School

AP | By JIM VAN ANGLEN | Posted 10.01.2011 | Education

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Officials say the state's tough new immigration law won't prevent any child – including illegal immigrants – from enro...

Obama Admin Files Lawsuit To Block Controversial Alabama Immigration Law

Reuters | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON(Reuters) - The Obama administration Monday sued to block enforcement of Alabama's new immigration law, widely considered to be the toughest...

Civil Rights Groups Take Harsh Immigration Law To Federal Judge

Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala - Civil rights groups filed a motion in Alabama on Thursday asking a federal judge to stop what has been called the nation's tough...

Churches Lead Opposition To One Of America's Toughest Immigration Laws

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- For some believers and church leaders, opposing Alabama's toughest-in-the-nation law against undocumented immigration is a ch...