Alabama immigration law

Immigration Law Payments
4:56 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Alabama Paying $580,000 Over Immigration Law

Alabama has agreed to pay another $230,000 to civil rights groups that sued over Alabama's immigration law.
Credit Florida Atlantic University

Alabama has agreed to pay another $230,000 to civil rights groups that sued over Alabama's immigration law.

The agreement announced Monday brings the total paid by the state government to $580,000. Monday's agreement stemmed from a 2011 suit over a portion of the law that barred business transactions between the state and anyone who could not prove citizenship. The law prevented some people from renewing their mobile home registration tags, but the suit ended the enforcement of that aspect of the law.

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Immigration-Scarlet Letter
3:45 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Judge Won't Dismiss Alabama Immigration Suit

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging an Alabama immigration law that requires state officials to post on the Internet the names of people living in the state illegally who have run-ins with the law.

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit challenging an Alabama immigration law that requires state officials to post on the Internet the names of people living in the state illegally who have run-ins with the law.

The so-called "scarlet letter list" was part of Alabama's second immigration law that the Legislature enacted in 2012. The Southern Poverty Law Center and others challenged it in federal court on behalf of four residents from Mexico who got arrested for fishing without a state license.

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School Enrollment-Immigration
4:39 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Ala. School Chief Says No Social Security Card Needed

in a memo, Alabama Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice, reminded city and county school officials that social security card is not needed to enroll children in school.
Credit The Montgomery Advertiser

With schools preparing to begin classes next month, Alabama's school superintendent is reminding city and county school officials that students don't need a Social Security number to enroll, and their parents don't need an Alabama driver's license or state-issued ID to enroll them.

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Immigration-South
2:47 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

2 Years After Immigration Laws, Ga., Ala., Stable

Two years after implementing strict immigration laws, Georgia and Alabama find undocumented workers returning to the state's agricultural areas.
Credit Florida Atlantic University

Two years after Georgia and Alabama passed tough laws to drive away people living in the country illegally, the states' agricultural areas are still heavily populated with foreign workers, many of whom don't have legal authorization to be here.

Farmers say many of the migrants have returned because the laws are not heavily enforced and it once again seems safe to be here.

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Immigration Policy
6:32 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Ala Immigrants Planning Rally, March in Birmingham

The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice says one goal of the Birmingham protest is to show U.S. Senator Jeff Session that Alabamians support immigration reform.
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice Facebook

Immigrants and their backers are planning a rally and march in Birmingham to show their support for changes in federal immigrations laws.


Organizers say they are expecting hundreds of people for a demonstration planned for Wednesday evening in a downtown park.


The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice says one goal of the protest is to show U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions that Alabamians support immigration reform.


Sessions is among the Republican opponents of legislation that critics say amounts to amnesty for people living in the country illegally.

Voter Registration
5:25 pm
Sun March 17, 2013

Must Voters Have to Prove Citizenship to Register?

U.S. Supreme Court
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The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Monday in a case about whether states can force people to prove their U.S. citizenship before registering to vote.


At issue is the legality of Arizona's voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a federal registration form that doesn't require such proof.


A federal appeals court threw out that part of Arizona's Proposition 200.

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Alabama Immigration
8:35 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Ala. Granting DLs for Immigrants Under Obama Rule

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The state of Alabama says it will allow hundreds of immigrants to take driver license tests under a new Obama administration rule.

While the state has fought the administration over immigration laws, it says it will honor certifications granted under the program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.


A state trooper spokesman, Sgt. Steven Jarrett, says certain offices will begin issuing licenses under the program on Friday.


The state says 631 people have been approved for certification in Alabama, and as many as 1,500 could be.

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Immigration Suit
4:54 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

New Suit Filed Against Alabama Immigration Law

Alabamas immigration law is coming under fire again.
Credit Florida Atlantic University

A coalition of civil rights organizations is suing to stop part of Alabama's immigration law requiring officials to post lists of illegal immigrants in the state's court system online.


The federal court suit was filed Thursday on behalf of four Latinos in Montgomery County who were accused of fishing without a state fishing license.


Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Kristi Graunke says the law is designed to humiliate and make life difficult for immigrants regardless of their status.

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Alabama Immigration Law
5:07 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Ala. Asks Court To Review Part Of Immigration Law

The state of Alabama is asking the nation's highest court to review part of it's law cracking down on illegal immigration.
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The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review part of its law cracking down on illegal immigration.


The state asked the judges Tuesday to review a section of the law that makes it a crime to assist, harbor or transport anyone who's in the country illegally.


Opponents of the law have called the section inhumane, but the state says it doesn't conflict with federal law. It also says the justices haven't reviewed a similar law in other states including Arizona.

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Politics & Government
3:16 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

AP: Alabama agencies not in compliance with Immigration Law

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Many state licensing boards have not yet complied with a requirement in Alabama's immigration law to verify the status of legal immigrants by using a federal database. A state official tracking compliance told The Anniston Star that few, if any, of the state's dozens of professional licensing board have been cleared to use the federal government's Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements. The law requires them to use the system to verify that legal status. John Norris of the Examiners of Public Accounts says the applications are filed with the U.S.

Immigration Lawsuit
4:27 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

SPLC Sues Ala. Education Officials For School Data

The SPLC has sued Alabama's Dept. of Education for school data showing the impact of Alabama's law cracking down on illegal immigrants.
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A lawsuit has been filed accusing the Alabama Department of Education of refusing to release school data showing the impact of Alabama's law cracking down on illegal immigrants has had on Hispanic students.

The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery filed the lawsuit, which contends education officials have declined to release data on student enrollment before and after the immigration law was enacted.

The lawsuit says the SPLC has requested a copy of information that education officials have sent to the U.S. Justice Department.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Tue September 11, 2012

State Asks Full Court to Hear Immigration Appeal

The state of Alabama has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider parts of two opinions that struck down some provisions of Alabama's immigration law.


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday the state was challenging a three-judge panel's decision to strike down parts of Alabama's law concerning harboring illegal immigrants, contracts and collecting school data on immigrants. Bentley said the court was placing an illegal restraint on state government.


The state is asking the full appeals court to review the three-judge panel's decision.

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Politics & Government
8:13 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Bentley Likes What's Left of Ala. Immigration Law

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Gov. Robert Bentley says he's pleased with how much of Alabama's immigration law got left intact by a federal appeals court, and he's uncertain whether the state will appeal the ruling.


Bentley commented Tuesday after assessing the ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.


He said the appeals court left intact key provisions designed to keep illegal immigrants from getting jobs and state licenses.