Court of Appeals upholds parts of Alabama’s HB56, even worse than SB1070


The Court has thrown out Section 28, which is the provision that required schools to collect data on the immigration status of students who enroll in school.

The Court has temporarily blocked two sections of the law, Section 10 and Section 27.  Section 10 is also known as the “papers please” section.  It created a state crime if an immigrant was not carrying an alien registration document.  Section 27 forbid citizens from entering into contracts with illegal immigrants.

The Court upheld Sections 12a, 18, 30 of the law.  Section 12a allows police to detain suspected illegal aliens.  Section 18 required authorities to make a reasonable effort to determine the immigration status of a driver found not to be carrying a drivers license.  Section 30 forbid any illegal immigrant from entering into a business transaction with the state or any political subdivision thereof.

The Court found that if the case were to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States is likely to succeed in the following sections of the law: 10, 11a, 13a, 16, 17 and 27.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange issued a one sentence statement saying, “While we are still reviewing todays ruling, we are pleased that the court recognized the validity of our arguments and upheld several provisions of Alabamas law.”

Alabama’s immigration law is considered the toughest in the nation, but the federal government sued, arguing the state had overstepped its authority. The federal government contends that Congress has the sole power to legislate issues dealing with immigration.

via Court Rules on Alabamas Anti-Immigrant Law HB-56 – Cuéntame.

Undocumented… Unafraid!


Aurora, almost 40% Latino with largest Asian population in CO: Immigrant community affected by shooting


Anxiously waiting for an official statement from law officials, many immigrants are scrambling for information about the identity and condition of the victims of the Colorado shooting rampage at the Batman movie late last night.

The shootings, in Aurora, a city outside Denver with a heavy concentration of immigrants, left more than a dozen killed and dozens wounded. Several families there are in a state of panic.

“I have been calling relatives and friends since this morning,” said Rosalyn Aguirre, a resident of Colorado Springs, in a telephone interview. “Most residents in that area are immigrants. I’m afraid some of the victims could be Latino or Asian.”

Later tonight, a number of prayer meetings for the victims will be held simultaneously in churches across the state of Colorado. Organized by Spanish-speaking congregations, immigrants from different religious denominations are expected to join and observe a moment of silence together.

With about 38 percent of Aurora residents Hispanic, Miraval said there were reports — although unofficial and unconfirmed — that at least three of the victims were of Latino descent.

According to Chao, the city of Aurora has the highest Asian population in Colorado. But she said that so far she has not gotten any reports whether there were any Asians among the victims.

via New American Media.

Was SB1070 racially motivated by Russell Pearce?


The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona acquired thousands of Pearce e-mails through a public-records request and included dozens of them in a legal motion to block a portion of the law.

The e-mails from Pearce in the court documents include statements such as: “Can we maintain our social fabric as a nation with Spanish fighting English for dominance? … It’s like importing leper colonies and hope we don’t catch leprosy. It’s like importing thousands of Islamic jihadists and hope they adapt to the American Dream.”

They also include unsupported statistics such as “9,000 people killed every year by illegal aliens,” and “the illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two-and-a-half times that of non-illegal aliens.”

The ACLU is part of a coalition of individuals, non-profit organizations and other immigrant-rights groups that filed its own legal challenge of SB 1070. They hope to use the e-mails to show a pattern of discrimination that, they believe, was Pearce’s motivation for SB 1070 and thus prove that it violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.

If they are successful in showing a pattern of discrimination, it could help persuade the courts to overturn the law, legal experts say. It could also prove fatal for Pearce’s state Senate election comeback bid.

Pearce did not return calls seeking comment.

via SB 1070 opponents blast Pearce e-mails.

The power of Judge Susan Bolton in stopping SB1070 despite SCOTUS ruling


It will be at least July 20 before a key portion of Arizona’s immigration law Senate Bill 1070 will go into effect.

After issuing an opinion Monday that the lower courts must allow Section 2B to go into effect, the U.S. Supreme Court sent the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals a letter saying it cannot take up the issue for at least 25 days to give attorneys time to appeal.

Section 2B requires an officer to make an attempt, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there’s reasonable suspicion that person is in the country illegally.

Currently, law-enforcement officials can ask, but they are not required to.

Once the 25 days is up, either the appeals court or U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton can proceed with lifting the injunction against this section.

via SB 1070 section delayed by court –

Eric Holder Promises Aggressive Civil Rights Protection against Arpaio tactics


The U.S. Justice Department will aggressively protect the civil liberties, voting rights and safety of Latinos in the United States, Attorney General Eric Holder promised during a Saturday address at the National Council of La Raza Convention in Las Vegas.

Holder also offered a specific warning to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and any agency wanting to emulate Arpaio’s efforts to round up and expel undocumented immigrants at any cost.

“These policies simply have no place in responsible law enforcement, and they must not and simply will not be tolerated as long as I am attorney general of the United States,” Holder said.

Via HuffPost.