Sunday, October 16, 2011
News reports (and here) from Alabama of fears of civil rights abuses are increasingly troubling. The court of appeals' limited stay on Friday of two more provisions of teh Alabama immigration law pending appeal are not likely to calm those fears.
Reminiscent of the 1960s, U.S. Justice Department officials met with civic and religious leaders in Alabama Friday morning. Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez told reporters that local leaders are concerned about reports of increased bullying in schools and a large absence of Hispanic students. According to the news reports, Perez also said he is "absolutely" sure that victims of crime are not going to police out of fear of being deported. Justice Department lawyers remain in Alabama investigating the impact of Alabama's immigration law.