MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The following statement regarding the Supreme Court ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parental Arrivals programs is by Naomi Tsu, Southern Poverty Law Center deputy legal director.
A year ago today, a young white supremacist gunned down nine black parishioners at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, marking the violent start to a lethal year of extremist violence in the United States.
SPLC President Richard Cohen told members of a congressional panel today that the nearly two-year delay in bringing criminal charges against armed militiamen who confronted federal officials in Nevada played a role in this year’s standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.
The SPLC has filed a federal safety complaint on behalf of a former worker at an Alabama poultry plant owned by Wayne Farms – the same company fined more than $100,000 by the federal government after an SPLC complaint uncovered safety violations at a different Alabama plant.
A federal judge ruled this week that Alabama officials must abide by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage despite contrary statements by the Alabama Supreme Court– a victory for the SPLC and other civil rights groups that fought to secure marriage equality in the state.