Thomas Perez

Civil Rights Unit
4:29 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Justice Dept. Opens Civil Rights Unit In Alabama

U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance - Northern District of Alabama. Wikimedia Commons

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.

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