Thomas Perez http://apr.org en Justice Dept. Opens Civil Rights Unit In Alabama http://apr.org/post/justice-dept-opens-civil-rights-unit-alabama <P>The Justice Department is establishing a civil rights unit in Alabama after the state's crackdown on illegal immigration raised broader concerns about compliance with federal laws. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Perez said Tuesday fewer than 10 such units are located around the country. The nearest is in Memphis, Tennessee. Perez said the move is meant to ensure that the federal government has a continuing eye on civil rights issues in Alabama, which was a hotbed of unrest during the civil rights movement 50 years ago. The U.S. Tue, 21 Aug 2012 21:29:08 +0000 Associated Press 16605 at http://apr.org Justice Dept. Opens Civil Rights Unit In Alabama