Georgia is no longer illegally denying driver’s licenses to thousands of immigrants based on their past – rather than current – immigration status under a settlement agreement announced today to resolve a federal lawsuit by the SPLC and Atlanta immigration attorney Justin W. Chaney.
A movement made up of sheriffs claiming to be the highest law enforcement authority in the country is growing nationwide as it exploits hot-button issues such as gun control to encourage sheriffs to defy federal laws they don’t like, according to the Summer 2016 issue of the SPLC’s Intelligence Report, released today.
The following statement regarding a federal judge’s dismissal of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s lawsuit over the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state is by Naomi Tsu, deputy legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center:
Foreign college students who paid thousands of dollars to spend their summer living and working in the United States as part of a federal cultural exchange program were exploited by a labor broker who used the program as a source of cheap labor for businesses in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to a federal complaint filed by the SPLC.
A poultry processing company in Guntersville, Alabama, ignored worker complaints about dangerous and unsanitary working conditions, ultimately firing two whistleblowers, according to SPLC complaints filed with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
As the nation heads into the first presidential election since the U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, more than 500 people gathered in Minneapolis last night for a screening of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s voting rights documentary, Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot.