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September 28, 2011

A federal court today blocked significant elements of Alabama’s new anti-immigrant law – the nation’s most extreme – but also left large parts in place, undermining the most fundamental American values of fairness and equality and devastating thousands across the state, including citizens, lawful immigrants and immigrants without lawful status alike.

Features and Stories
July 14, 2011

When a law is forged with such incendiary rhetoric, we should not be surprised that lives and rights get trampled in the process. This law isn’t about punishing undocumented immigrants. It’s about punishing all immigrants. It’s about punishing anyone who dares associate with someone who looks “foreign.” It’s about punishing diversity in Alabama.

Immigrant Justice

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July 08, 2011

Alabama passed an extreme anti-immigrant law in June 2011. The law threatened to chill children’s access to public schools by requiring school officials to verify the immigration status of children and their parents; authorized police to demand “papers” demonstrating citizenship or immigration status during traffic stops; and criminalized Alabamians for everyday interactions with undocumented individuals. The SPLC led a coalition of civil rights groups in filing a federal class action lawsuit that resulted in an agreement that effectively gutted the law.

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