Immigration en SPLC Warns School Systems on Immigration <p>The Southern Poverty Law Center has warned 96 <font color="red">Alabama</font> school systems that they are violating federal guidelines by discouraging enrollment based on immigration status.</p><p>The group sent a letter to state schools Superintendent Tommy Bice. SPLC attorney Jay Singh said Thursday that all children have a right to attend public schools regardless of immigration status.</p><p></p><p>The letter asks Bice to ensure that all schools comply with federal mandates by the start of the 2014-15 school year.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 11:16:26 +0000 Associated Press 52526 at SPLC Warns School Systems on Immigration Mexican Government Reviewing Complaint On Ala. Law <P>The Mexican government is reviewing a labor union's complaint that Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigrants violates an international trade agreement.</P> <P>An official with Mexico's labor department confirms the review in a letter released Thursday by the group that filed the complaint, the Service Employees International Union.</P> <P>The labor organization and a Mexican attorneys group filed a complaint in April.</P> <P>They contend Alabama's law targeting illegal immigrants violates protections guaranteed to migrant workers under a side agreement to the North American Free Trade Ag Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:11:06 +0000 The Associated Press 18170 at Mexican Government Reviewing Complaint On Ala. Law Alabama's Homeland Security Steadily Losing Funds Officials with Alabama's Department of Homeland Security say the agency has been steadily losing funds during the past decade. The department's federal funding this year is less than one-tenth of what it was in 2003. Department officials say state funding — $374,000 this year — is used mostly to meet the demands of Alabama's immigration law. State-level homeland security departments sprang up across the U.S. in the months and years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:04:40 +0000 The Associated Press 16724 at Alabama's Homeland Security Steadily Losing Funds Justice Dept. Opens Civil Rights Unit In 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 Justice Dept. Opens Civil Rights Unit In Alabama 11th Circuit of Appeals Issues Ruling On Ala.'s Immigration Law The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has issued a ruling today on Alabama's immigration law or HB56. The Court has thrown out the provision that required schools to collect data on the immigration status of students who enroll in school. The Court has also temporarily blocked two sections of the law, Section 10 and Section 27. Section 10 is also known as the "papers please" section. It makes it a state crime if an immigrant is not carrying an alien registration document. Section 27 forbids citizens from entering into contracts with illegal immigrants. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 22:17:49 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 16554 at 11th Circuit of Appeals Issues Ruling On Ala.'s Immigration Law Alabama's immigration law under the microscope <P>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is holding a public hearing about crackdowns on illegal immigration in Alabama and other states. The panel will meet in Birmingham on Friday to hear from both supporters and opponents of the laws. Speakers include Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who's pushed for such measures nationwide, and Republican state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, a sponsor of Alabama's law. Critics of the measures are on the agenda, but they're complaining that members of what they call hate groups are being allowed to participate. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:52:31 +0000 The Associated Press 16401 at Alabama's immigration law under the microscope Ala. Homeland Security Dir. Weighs In On Deferred Action Immigration Policy <p><font face="Arial">Beginning&nbsp;today, undocumented immigrants under the age of 31 can apply for so-called &quot;Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.&quot;</font></p><p><font face="Arial">The&nbsp;program is&nbsp;designed to allow&nbsp;migrants to live and work in the U-S openly<span lang="EN"> without fear of deportation. </span></font></p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:20:54 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 16325 at Ala. Homeland Security Dir. Weighs In On Deferred Action Immigration Policy Ariz. Sheriff Arpaio Grilled On Racial Profiling Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio made a court appearance Tuesday and faced questioning. Arpaio is accused of racial profiling in a civil class-action lawsuit. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:05:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 15128 at Controversial Ariz. Sheriff's Tactics Go On Trial The self-proclaimed "Toughest Sheriff in America" is facing one of his toughest tests. A trial begins Thursday morning in Phoenix accusing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio of violating the civil rights of Latino citizens and legal U.S. residents. The class-action civil suit says the sheriff went over the line in his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.<p>For years, Arpaio's deputies have run what he calls "crime-suppression sweeps." One-, two- or three-day operations in which deputies fan out across neighborhoods in the Phoenix area. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 07:04:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 14805 at Controversial Ariz. Sheriff's Tactics Go On Trial Some Alabama boards not following immigration law <p><b><font face="Arial">Some state regulatory boards aren&#39;t abiding by a requirement in Alabama&#39;s new immigration law that they check the legal residency of people getting licenses to do business in the state.</font></b></p><p><b><font face="Arial">The state Examiners of Public Accounts issued reports saying the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board and the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission have ``not taken action to comply with state law that requires its licensees to be either United States citizens or lawfully present in the United States.&#39;&#39;</font></b></p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:04:50 +0000 Associated Press 13814 at Lila Quintero Weaver On Her New Book and Ala.'s Immigration Law <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53cefb3f82b8e-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53cefb3f82b8e-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53cefb3f82b8e-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Tuscaloosa, AL – Immigration is a hot button issue in Alabama and has conjured up memories of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. A new graphic novelization from Lila Quintero Weaver combines the two concepts. Darkroom: A Memoir in Black And White chronicles the Quinteros immigration from Argentina to Marion, Alabama in the early 60s right in the middle of the civil rights movement. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez had a chance to talk to Weaver about her book and trhe current immigration issue.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 22:56:00 +0000 13335 at