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Alabama Surrenders! ACLU Reaches Settlement Eviscerating State's Immigration Law

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More on the specifics below, but I wonder if states that shelled out loads of taxpayer dollars to Kris Kobach and FAIR to write these faulty laws got a warranty? Having to enter in to a settlement with the ACLU is pretty embarrassing for conservative lawmakers and this ought to be a warning for state legislators and governors that are still thinking about trying to get in to the immigration lawmaking business.

Here's what the NY Times editorial page had to say about the settlement this morning:

State officials in Alabama have agreed to throw out major provisions of that state’s unjust immigration law. The agreement, which was announced Tuesday and awaits a federal judge’s approval, resolves lawsuits brought by civil-rights groups, churches and the Justice Department against the statute, H.B. 56, the most extreme attempt by any state to harass and expel immigrants.

Under the proposed settlement, the state acknowledges, among other things, that requiring public schools to determine students’ immigration status violates equal protection and that criminalizing efforts by day laborers to look for work violates the First Amendment. It further states that making it a crime for immigrants to fail to carry their papers, making it illegal for anyone to “conceal, harbor or shield” unauthorized immigrants, and invalidating any contracts that these immigrants sign are all unlawful intrusions into federal authority over immigration.

The settlement also includes an important check on racial profiling: an acknowledgment that state and local police cannot detain anyone merely on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

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Alabama’s Legislature and governor were warned, vehemently and repeatedly, that H.B. 56 was a lunatic law that would impose unfair burdens on citizens, stifle the economy and harm public safety by enlisting local police in a pointless hunt for day laborers. Farmers, clergy members and business groups raised an alarm, which the Republicans who control the state government ignored.

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  1. Jack2's Avatar
    "this ought to be a warning for state legislators and governors that are still thinking about trying to get in to the immigration lawmaking business"

    I wonder why ACLU or Justice doesn't sue California? That state recently passed a law which directly interferes with a federal enforcement scheme. I mean, they're bragging about telling the federal government to drop dead. It's not a law designed to assist the federal government in enforcement of federal law; that gets you sued. It is designed to thwart enforcement of federal law.

    Times editorials don't get much more "lunatic" than 'Not One More':

    protesters have made one plea on deportations to Mr. Obama: ?Not one more.? He should heed it.

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    Even for the Times, come on. Just look at the comments, e.g.:

    As someone who believes in the rule of law, I find this editorial profoundly disturbing. We have laws on the books which control access to citizenship and residency. We are not in a position to supply everyone who wants these privileges. Would the Times propose that there be no absolute limits to those who could be eligible and that, as a nation, we cannot and should not choose who we permit to live here?
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    Alabama kept saying that its laws were not racist and there was no racist intention and they might have gotten away with it, until it involved a black woman who was the daughter of an Alabama judge...no not for immigration purposes, but at the University of Alabama. When the white sororities at the University of Alabama would not admit a rich black student, they were shown for what they are: RACIST BIGOTS...and EDUCATED REDNECKS!! These were not folks living in the trailer but very rich folks descended from plantation owners with their ill gotten wealth which they want to preserve and worship along with their white skin color. They are white skin worshipping pagans masquerading as Christians....

    http://jezebel.com/university-of-alabama-sororities-still-wont-rush-black-1294674764

    http://cw.ua.edu/2013/10/31/alpha-gamma-delta-sorority-alumnae-send-letter-to-nationals/

    And a little known story...the woman who blew the cover actually was a mixed race Asian-White woman from somewhere in the west coast, who disappeared soon after the news..but her folks say she is fine. She also told people that the white sorority sisters are even more loath to admit Asian women because of pairing with fraternities and dating issues.

    They might have gotten away with this had it not been for the sorority issues or even in some other state with very little racist history. So whether Jack likes it or not, and whether all other apologists like it or not, ALABAMA IS A RACIST STATE and the recent attempts to recruit minorities is a facade...ALABAMA WAS, IS AND WILL BE A RACIST STATE.
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    "We have laws on the books which control access to citizenship and residency."

    We have laws on the books that does not allow us to discriminate..yet RACIST institututions in Alabama still discriminate and no one enforce the law...interesting all the folks from Alabama and their sympathyzers such as Jack are pretty selective when it comes to enforcing the law.
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