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

Written by on October 15, 2014 in State and Local with 2 Comments
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

Written by on May 8, 2014 in Integration, State and Local with 0 Comments
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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Farm Bureau Warns Enforcement-Only Immigration Reform Would Harm America’s Food Supply

Written by on February 13, 2014 in Economics, Enforcement, Reform, State and Local with 2 Comments
Farm Bureau Warns Enforcement-Only Immigration Reform Would Harm America’s Food Supply

The on-the-ground harm of enforcement-only state immigration policies is clear. The “self-deportation” style laws in Arizona, Alabama, and Georgia all dealt severe blows to the states’ economies, particularly the agricultural industries. A federal enforcement-only approach to immigration reform would have a similarly harmful impact, leading to a decline in food production and higher food prices […]

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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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Alabama Doubles Down, Appeals Ruling on HB 56

Written by on September 12, 2012 in State and Local with 1 Comment
Alabama Doubles Down, Appeals Ruling on HB 56

Late last month, after a panel of federal judges unanimously struck down major provisions of Alabama HB 56, a statement issued by Gov. Robert Bentley gave reason to hope the state would graciously concede defeat. Calling it time “to move past court battles,” Bentley said Alabama should turn its focus to the handful of provisions […]

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Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Fosters Anti-Latino Discrimination

Written by on August 31, 2012 in Enforcement, State and Local, Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Fosters Anti-Latino Discrimination

According to a new report from the National Immigration Law Center, anti-Latino discrimination is alive and well in Alabama, and has gotten a seal of approval from the governor and the state legislature. HB 56, the state’s increasingly infamous anti-immigrant law, went into effect on June 9, 2011, and has since inspired all manner of […]

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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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BREAKING: Federal Court Strikes Down Major Provisions of Alabama, Georgia Immigration Laws

Written by on August 20, 2012 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 3 Comments
BREAKING: Federal Court Strikes Down Major Provisions of Alabama, Georgia Immigration Laws

In a series of decisions issued Monday afternoon, a federal appeals court in Atlanta struck down major portions of controversial immigration laws passed by Alabama and Georgia—including a provision requiring public school officials to determine the immigration status of newly enrolling students. As the first decisions to be issued following the Supreme Court’s opinion in […]

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Civil Rights Groups Resume Legal Challenges to Alabama’s Immigration Law

Civil Rights Groups Resume Legal Challenges to Alabama’s Immigration Law

Less than three weeks after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Arizona v. United States—which struck down three provisions of SB 1070 and invited future challenges to a fourth—civil rights groups are back in court resuming their challenges to copycat laws in other states. Going forward, the lawsuits will focus more on how to interpret […]

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According to Scott Beason, Alabamans Will Return to “Menial Jobs” Over Time

According to Scott Beason, Alabamans Will  Return to “Menial Jobs” Over Time

  Alabama State Senator Scott Beason continues to link the state’s recent dip in unemployment to its extreme immigration law (HB 56), even though there is no evidence to support that this theory. In fact, many Alabama business have reported difficulties in replacing immigrant workers, many of whom have left the state or gone further […]

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