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Features and Stories
April 01, 2005

Minuteman volunteers plan to conduct armed patrols to act as a "blocking force" against the "invasion" of undocumented immigrants from south of the border.

Features and Stories
March 18, 2005

An immigrant woman ordered to learn English by a Tennessee judge or risk losing parental rights to her child is being aided by the Center's legal team.

Features and Stories
March 04, 2005

The Center's Immigrant Justice Project, a new legal initiative focused on the working conditions of farmworkers and other immigrants, works to protect the rights of immigrants throughout the Southeast.

Features and Stories
January 05, 2005

The Immigrant Justice Project has been created to fight for the rights of immigrant workers in the Southeast, where conditions are worst in the nation and workers are routinely exploited.

Immigrant Justice

Date Filed

March 29, 2004

Linda Barrera Cano, 11, was taken from her mother, Felipa Barrera, and placed in foster care after her immigrant mother was ordered to learn English in six months or risk losing her daughter.

Immigrant Justice

Date Filed

February 19, 2002

Each year, thousands of immigrant children are detained and deported. Alone, unable to speak English, and without lawyers, they wait in detention centers to learn their fate. The Center filed a groundbreaking lawsuit to establish their right to legal representation, but the case was dismissed. The district court ruled that children do not have a legal right to an attorney during removal proceedings.

Immigrant Justice
Landmark Case

Date Filed

December 31, 1996

Prior to a Center suit, Alabama immigrants seeking to obtain their state driver's license were turned away or asked to complete the English-only tests. Although the case was ultimately lost on appeal, due to the Center's lawsuit Alabama now offers the driver's license test in eight foreign languages.

Immigrant Justice

Date Filed

December 31, 1996

An Alabama tax assessor who used racial slurs denied tax exemptions to non-English speaking immigrant homeowners, and forced them to pay double the normal taxes. The Center filed suit, ending this discriminatory policy and securing reimbursements.

Immigrant Justice

After learning that police in Fairfield, Alabama, may have been using a city ordinance to harass low-wage Latino day laborers, the SPLC and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network asked the police chief for public records to determine if Latinos were being targeted. When the police chief refused to respond, the SPLC and the day laborer group filed a lawsuit to compel him to release the records. 

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