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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 Governor Rejects Changes to State’s Extreme Immigration Law, Starts Special Legislative Session

Alabama Governor Rejects Changes to State’s Extreme Immigration Law, Starts Special Legislative Session

Today, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced his disapproval of a bill intended to change parts of the state’s extreme immigration law (HB 56) and initiated a special legislative session  to address the problems. Yesterday, on the last day of the state’s regular legislative session, the Alabama Senate passed a version of a tweak bill that, [...]

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Non-Deportable Immigrants Languish in Alabama Detention Center at Taxpayers’ Expense

Non-Deportable Immigrants Languish in Alabama Detention Center at Taxpayers’ Expense

Immigration violations are civil, not criminal infractions. But for many non-criminal immigrant detainees living alongside criminal inmates at the Etowah County Detention Center in Alabama, that distinction carries little meaning. Far removed from families and legal orientation programs, many of the 350 immigrant detainees housed at the Etowah Detention Center have received deportation orders, but [...]

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New Reports Track Devastating Impact of Alabama’s Extreme Immigration Law on Residents

New Reports Track Devastating Impact of Alabama’s Extreme Immigration Law on Residents

Despite recent court decisions and interpretations from the state’s Attorney General that limit implementation of Alabama’s draconian immigration law, HB 56, much of damage has already been done. Two recent reports by Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the AFL-CIO further illustrate the ways in which HB 56 is complicating many aspects of daily life. Both [...]

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Federal Judge Blocks Yet Another Provision of Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

Federal Judge Blocks Yet Another Provision of Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

As if people needed more proof that Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law, HB 56, is bad for the state, a federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of yet another provision of the law this week. U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson temporarily enjoined enforcement of Section 30 that, as applied, requires mobile home owners to provide proof [...]

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Alabama’s Immigration Law Digs Deeper Hole for State Economy

Alabama’s Immigration Law Digs Deeper Hole for State Economy

Although some Alabama lawmakers credit the state’s overall drop in unemployment to their new immigration law (HB 56), the reality is that many industries and sectors in the state are losing workers and jobs. This week, the Birmingham News reported that Alabama’s construction industry is losing jobs faster than nearly any other state—a loss experts [...]

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Provisions in Alabama’s Immigration Law Go Further Than You Think

Provisions in Alabama’s Immigration Law Go Further Than You Think

It’s no stretch to call Alabama’s new immigration law (HB 56) extreme—especially the provision (since enjoined) which required schools to check the immigration status of students and made it a criminal misdemeanor for an unauthorized immigrant to fail to carry immigration documentation. Two provisions that may have flown under the radar, however, are the contract [...]

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DOJ’s Lawsuit Against South Carolina Latest Legal Challenge to State Immigration Laws

DOJ’s Lawsuit Against South Carolina Latest Legal Challenge to State Immigration Laws

BY KAREN TUMLIN, MANAGING ATTORNEY, NATIONAL IMMIGRATION LAW CENTER Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit against South Carolina, challenging the state’s extreme anti-immigration law (SB 20). With this action, the Department of Justice charges that South Carolina, like Arizona and Alabama, have passed unconstitutional immigration laws. Civil rights groups (including the National [...]

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