H.B. 56

Alabama House Bill 56 seeks to punish people who are present in the state without documents. H.B. 56 invites police to racially profile people during traffic stops by authorizing immigration investigations on "reasonable suspicion" that someone is in the United States illegally. The law puts officers in the position of relying on stereotypes about what an "illegal immigrant" looks or sounds like. The ACLU challenged H.B. 56 in federal court. The case, Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v. Bentley, is currently pending before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Learn more about how H.B. 56 has affected all Alabamians >>
Sweeter Home, Alabama?

Sweeter Home, Alabama?

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 10:07am
Immigrant families in Alabama can finally breathe more freely thanks to a settlement reached Tuesday with Alabama over its draconian HB 56 anti-immigrant law, enacted in 2011. The settlement that we and our co-counsel reached permanently blocks key provisions of the law and significantly limits racial profiling resulting from its "show me your papers" provisions. The settlement is contingent on court approval.
Protecting the Promise of Plyler in Alabama and Beyond

Protecting the Promise of Plyler in Alabama and Beyond

By Georgeanne M. Usova, Washington Legislative Office at 5:35pm

“This,” said Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, “is about real people with real dreams.”        

Yesterday, Perez joined the Department of Education’s Assistant Secretary…

ACLU Lens: Alabama Governor Signs New Anti-Immigrant Measure into Law

ACLU Lens: Alabama Governor Signs New Anti-Immigrant Measure into Law

By Steve Gosset, ACLU at 11:08pm

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley late Friday signed a measure that makes small changes to the state’s anti-immigrant law. The move came a day after he signaled he might veto the measure because he found two key parts unacceptable, including a "scarlet…

Fighting Anti-Immigrant Laws…for Children and Families

Fighting Anti-Immigrant Laws…for Children and Families

By Abdi Soltani, Executive Director, ACLU of Northern California at 2:58pm

What do anti-immigrant laws have to do with children and youth?

In my 8-year-old son Cyrus's Spanish immersion program at a Berkeley public school, there are families facing deportation. The teacher taught a class on it and the children…

"Estamos Unidos" …Against Discrimination and Anti-Immigrant Laws

"Estamos Unidos" …Against Discrimination and Anti-Immigrant Laws

By Lucia Hermo at 1:29pm

As I stepped off the plane from JFK to Oakland, I admit that I was a bit scared. Normally sitting behind a desk, I was about to embark on a ten-day journey across the United States, sharing a van with eight people I had yet to meet, trying to rally…

Racial Profiling Redux

Racial Profiling Redux

By Chandra Bhatnagar, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Human Rights Program at 5:43pm

In the 1993 film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray's character finds himself repeating the same miserable day over and over again. For Indian film star Shahrukh Khan, last week was Groundhog Day for racial and religious profiling. In 2009, Khan —…

Victory! Appeals Court Blocks Additional Provisions of H.B. 56, Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law

Victory! Appeals Court Blocks Additional Provisions of H.B. 56, Alabama's Anti-Immigrant Law

By Cecillia Wang, ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project at 12:47pm

These provisions were intended "to attack every aspect" of Alabamians' lives and to expel them from the state.

ACLU Tells Appeals Court Georgia, Alabama Anti-Immigrant Laws Spark a Climate of Fear

ACLU Tells Appeals Court Georgia, Alabama Anti-Immigrant Laws Spark a Climate of Fear

By Vesna Jaksic, ACLU at 8:45pm

Alabama and Georgia’s anti-immigrant laws are meant to force immigrants out of the country by making their lives miserable and could violate all residents’ fundamental civil rights.

Those were among the arguments raised today by…

The Verdict is Out:  Why States Are Already Shifting Away from Alabama and Arizona's Failed  Anti-Immigrant Experiment

The Verdict is Out: Why States Are Already Shifting Away from Alabama and Arizona's Failed Anti-Immigrant Experiment

By Jonathan Blazer, ACLU at 5:43pm

In state after state, legislatures that had vowed to adopt sweeping new immigration restrictions are now taking pause. What happened?

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