Alabama News Network: Alabama’s Second Thoughts

Alabama News Network: Alabama’s Second Thoughts

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Alabama’s stance on its extremist immigration law is shifting from defiance to damage control. Gov. Robert Bentley admitted this month that the law needed fixing and promised that he and legislative leaders would do that in next year’s session. His retreat followed a letter from the state’s attorney general, Luther Strange, to legislative leaders suggesting that they throw out whole sections of the law to make it easier to defend in court.

Here is what the New York Times wrote in an editorial earlier this week.

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The state Revenue Department has changed its position on parts of Alabama's new immigration law and now says several common transactions at county courthouses are no longer considered "business transactions" where people have to prove their legal residency.

A federal judge says anti-Latino comments by Alabama legislators led him to put part of the state's immigration law on hold. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson said the Legislature's debate on the law "was laced with derogatory comments about Hispanics."

The two examples cited by Thompson were from Democratic legislators who voted against the bill, not from Republicans who supported it.

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With the holiday upon us, more than 2,500 Alabamians, activists and leaders from across the nation came out to Montgomery, Ala. streets to rally and march to repeal anti-immigration law HB 56 as their holiday wish to call for an end to racial profiling, separation of families and to build a better Alabama.

Latest Report

Alabama’s new immigrant act denies unauthorized immigrants and their families, including US citizen children, their basic rights, threatening their access to everyday necessities and equal protection of the law, Human Rights Watch said in a report released last week. The 52-page report, “No Way to Live: Alabama’s Immigrant Law,” documents the effect of the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer Citizen and Protection Act, commonly known as HB 56, on unauthorized immigrants and their families, as well as the larger Alabama communities in which they live. It is based in part on first-hand accounts by 57 Alabama residents, including citizens and permanent residents, who reported abuse or discrimination under the law.

Upcoming Events

Save the date: January 12, 2012 from 9 am to 4 pm. The Birmingham office U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will hold an event open to the public at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 2061 Patton Chapel Road, Hoover, Ala. 35216.