Immigration policy affects all aspects of society. Regardless of status, immigrants have always played a central role in the life and growth of our nation. Immigrants contribute $10 billion a year to this country's economic growth. Unfortunately, in the wake of September 11 terrorist attacks, immigrants in the United States have increasingly been targets of discrimination and suspicion. Our country must be defended, but one must not forget this nation's commitment to the ideals of equality and freedom for all peoples.
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October 7, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Civil rights leaders in Alabama and across the nation are expressing concern that the severe lack of stability created in Latino families by the state’s new anti-immigrant law, H.B. 56, has led to a humanitarian crisis in Alabama.
September 29, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn ruled yesterday that the state of Alabama can implement most of its anti-immigrant H.B. 56 law, which is considered by many civil and human rights and immigration advocates to be the most draconian law of its kind in the nation.
August 5, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed S.B. 2185, the state’s version of the DREAM Act, into law this week, providing college scholarships to students whose parents are either documented or undocumented immigrants.
August 2, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
The Department of Justice announced yesterday that it has filed a lawsuit in district court challenging the constitutionality of Alabama's new anti-immigrant law, H.B. 56, considered by many civil and human rights and immigration advocates to be the most draconian law of its kind in the nation.
July 8, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler
A recently enacted anti-immigration law in Alabama is unconstitutional and opens the door to racial profiling, according to a lawsuit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and a coalition of civil and human rights groups.
June 30, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Activists for immigration reform showed their persistence and strength in numbers, as hundreds of supporters flooded the first-ever Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act held this week by Sen. Dick Durbin, D. Ill.
June 28, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed controversial anti-immigration bill, S.B. 20, into law yesterday. S.B. 20 states that if a law enforcement officer stops, detains, arrests, or investigates someone for a criminal offense and develops a "reasonable suspicion" that the person is not in the United States legally, the officer must ask for proof of citizenship in the form of identification or documentation.
June 16, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law last week an anti-immigrant bill that goes even further than Arizona’s S.B. 1070, which encouraged racial profiling by requiring law enforcement officers to stop, question, detain, and arrest anyone that they have a "reasonable suspicion" to believe is undocumented.
May 13, 2011 - Posted by The Leadership Conference
Civil rights and immigration advocates applaud the reintroduction of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act in the Senate. The bill would provide a pathway to citizenship for immigrants whose parents brought them to the United States when they were young.
May 3, 2011 - Posted by Avril Lighty
The Florida state Senate is expected to vote as early as today on S.B. 2040, a bill similar to Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070 anti-immigrant law. If enacted, the Florida law would require employers to use a flawed and costly database to verify the immigration status of all employees and encourage police to engage in aggressive immigration enforcement targeting anyone suspected of being in the state without documentation.
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