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Alabama Settles Last Legal Challenge to State’s Self-Deportation Law

Alabama Settles Last Legal Challenge to State’s Self-Deportation Law

The state of Alabama settled a lawsuit last week over one of the last remaining provisions of HB 56, the punitive immigration measure often called the “show me your papers” law. Legislators first approved the law in 2011, but when lawmakers passed revisions to HB 56 in 2012, they including a requirement that the state […]

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All the Action on Immigration is (Still) in the States

All the Action on Immigration is (Still) in the States

Although their fate ultimately likes in federal immigration reform, unauthorized immigrants are getting much help from state and local officials who are taking pragmatic steps to allow  undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition and to limit local law enforcement from honoring immigration detainers issued by federal immigration authorities. On the tuition equity front, the Republican-controlled […]

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Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

Report Documents Dramatic Shift in State Immigration Policies

For more than 100 years, the federal government has had authority over U.S. immigration policies while states possessed only limited power to regulate the “lives and livelihoods” of immigrants living within their borders. However, the past decade has seen an increase in immigration-related legislation including anti-immigrant laws, which have failed both as policy and as […]

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Labor Shortages Increase U.S. Reliance on Imported Foods, Harming Local Economies

Written by on March 18, 2014 in Alabama, Business, Economics with 0 Comments
Labor Shortages Increase U.S. Reliance on Imported Foods, Harming Local Economies

While U.S. consumers increasingly seek out locally grown produce in grocery stores and farmers markets, imported fruits and vegetables are making up a growing share of the produce consumed in the United States. U.S. agricultural production is out of alignment with the demands of consumers and one problem is the difficulty in finding skilled farm […]

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Alabama’s HB 56 Anti-Immigrant Law Takes Final Gasps

Alabama’s HB 56 Anti-Immigrant Law Takes Final Gasps

Immigration advocates who have been fighting against Alabama’s HB 56, the punitive immigration measure often called the “show me your papers” law, declared victory after the state agreed not to pursue key provisions of the 2011 legislation. The agreement is part of a settlement of long-running lawsuits filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) […]

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Out of Legal Options, Alabama Files Petition at Supreme Court

Out of Legal Options, Alabama Files Petition at Supreme Court

Nearly five months ago, a federal appeals court in Atlanta issued a set of opinions that invalidated numerous provisions of Alabama HB 56, the most pernicious state immigration law in the country. After Alabama asked the full court to reconsider its rulings, the active judges unanimously rejected its request. Out of other legal options, the […]

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Why Kobach’s Lawsuit Against Deferred Action is Unlikely to Stand Up in Court

Why Kobach’s Lawsuit Against Deferred Action is Unlikely to Stand Up in Court

Kris Kobach’s official job title is Kansas Secretary of State. But he is better known for drafting—and being hired to defend in court—state and local immigration laws designed to make undocumented residents “self-deport.” His two most notorious undertakings are Arizona SB 1070 and Alabama HB 56, which have largely been eviscerated by federal courts. Yesterday, […]

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Alabama Ruling Yet Another Rebuke to State Immigration Laws

Alabama Ruling Yet Another Rebuke to State Immigration Laws

As with the Supreme Court’s recent opinion on Arizona SB 1070, initial media coverage portrayed the (technically) mixed rulings on the Alabama and Georgia immigration laws as a split decision. But do not be fooled: yesterday’s opinions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit represent a sweeping win for the immigrants’ rights […]

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FAIR’s Economic Analysis of HB56 Ignores Reality in Alabama

FAIR’s Economic Analysis of HB56 Ignores Reality in Alabama

While the original sponsors of Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant bill HB56 have acknowledged that the law is deeply flawed, as evidenced by a new bill to modify some of the harsher provisions, the restrictionist stalwarts at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) want Alabamians to remember what it has supposedly done for the state.  In […]

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Alabama Lawmakers Propose Extensive Changes to State’s Immigration Law, HB 56

Alabama Lawmakers Propose Extensive Changes to State’s Immigration Law, HB 56

Yesterday evening, lawmakers in Alabama introduced a bill proposing extensive changes to HB 56, the state’s notorious immigration enforcement law. The proposed bill follows extensive criticism from civil and immigrants’ rights leaders about HB 56, as well as numerous lawsuits that prevented more than a dozen of the law’s provisions from taking effect. While passage […]

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