published Friday, October 14th, 2011

US court blocks Ala. law requiring immigration checks at school

In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, students sit in the gym at Crossville Elmentary School in Crossville, Ala. Despite being in an almost all-white town, the school's enrollment is about 65 percent Hispanic. Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities. There are no precise statewide numbers. But several districts with large immigrant enrollments — from small towns to large urban districts — reported a sudden exodus of children of Hispanic parents, some of whom told officials they would leave the state to avoid trouble with the law, which requires schools to check students' immigration status.
In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, students sit in the gym at Crossville Elmentary School in Crossville, Ala. Despite being in an almost all-white town, the school's enrollment is about 65 percent Hispanic. Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities. There are no precise statewide numbers. But several districts with large immigrant enrollments — from small towns to large urban districts — reported a sudden exodus of children of Hispanic parents, some of whom told officials they would leave the state to avoid trouble with the law, which requires schools to check students' immigration status.
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ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court issued a ruling Friday that temporarily blocked parts of an Alabama law requiring schools to check the immigration status of students but let stand a provision that allows police to detain immigrants that are suspected of being in the country illegally.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order after the Justice Department challenged what is considered the toughest immigration law in the nation. The opinion also blocked a part of the law that makes it a crime for immigrants to not have proper documentation.

A final decision on the law won't be made for months to allow time for more arguments.

Since a federal judge upheld much of the law in late September, many frightened Hispanics have been driven away from Alabama, fearing they could be arrested or targeted by police. Construction workers, landscapers and field hands have stopped showing up for work, and large numbers of Hispanic students have been absent from public schools.

To cope with the labor shortage, Alabama agriculture commissioner John McMillan at one point suggested farmers should consider hiring inmates in the state's work-release program.

It's not clear exactly how many Hispanics have fled the state. Earlier this week, many skipped work to protest the law, shuttering or scaling back operations at chicken plants, Mexican restaurants and other businesses.

Immigration has become a hot-button issue in Alabama over the past decade as the Hispanic population has grown by 145 percent to about 185,600 people, most of them of Mexican origin. The Hispanic population represents about 4 percent of the state's 4.7 million people, but some counties in north Alabama have large Spanish-speaking communities and schools where most of the students are Hispanic.

In addition to the Obama administration, a coalition of advocacy groups also filed a separate appeal of the law, claiming it has thrown Alabama into "chaos."

Alabama's law was considered by both opponents and supporters to be stricter than similar laws enacted in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Federal judges in those states have blocked all or parts of those measures.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer earlier this year asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the legal fight over her state's tough immigration law.

The Justice Department has called the Alabama law a "sweeping new state regime" and urged the appeals court to forbid states from creating a patchwork of immigration policies. The agency also said the law could strain diplomatic relations with Latin American countries, who have warned the law could impact millions of workers, tourists and students in the U.S.

The law, it said, turns illegal immigrants into a "unique class who cannot lawfully obtain housing, enforce a contract, or send their children to school without fear that enrollment will be used as a tool to seek to detain and remove them and their family members."

"Other states and their citizens are poorly served by the Alabama policy, which seeks to drive aliens from Alabama rather than achieve cooperation with the federal government to resolve a national problem," the attorneys have said in court documents.

State Republicans have long sought to clamp down on illegal immigration and passed the law earlier this year after gaining control of the Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley signed the measure, saying it was crucial to protect the jobs of legal residents amid the tough economy and high unemployment.

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onetinsoldier said...

I don't believe there are many that speak Muskogean in Alabama.

October 14, 2011 at 2:31 p.m.
rolando said...

Face it...we have lost America. The Executive Branch has:

Refused to Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

Forbidden its party to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till its Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, it has utterly neglected to attend to them.

It has made Judges dependent on its Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

It has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance.


Recognize that? It is taken from the Declaration of Independence, slightly modified to apply to our government instead of King George's.

October 14, 2011 at 4:20 p.m.
rolando said...

Here's another:

Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. The history of the present Legislature and Chief Executive is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.

[Emphasis mine.]

Not that I am encouraging or aiding or abetting any kind of action, of course. That would be treasonous, wouldn't it? I am merely pointing out our antecedents, how we became free of English rule, and drawing attention to historical events and their similarities to modern day. I am sworn to support and defend our constitution, too..o

Hey, our country worked...for a while, anyway. We were the best...for a while, anyway.

America is dying. Long Live America.

See http://www.drudgereport.com/flashpb.htm

October 14, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.
headcoconut said...

rolando said... Face it...we have lost America

Or maybe, just maybe, the descendants of those ancestors who were once forced out of America and settled in the northern most parts of south america and mexico are returning to reclaim their land? That's what happens when land is stolen and people are forced off. At some point down the road they will reclaim what was once theirs.

Many Native America Indians were forced off their lands in America. They fled to the northern most parts of South American territories. Song: This land is their land. This land is THEIR LAND, from Cal-ee-foinya to New Yawk I-land. From Redwood Forest to gulf stream wwaatas, their coming to reclaim their........land! Yee HAW, Y'ALL!!

October 14, 2011 at 5:46 p.m.
Momus said...

Rolando wrote - "Face it...we have lost America."

Who is "we"?

Just asking.

October 14, 2011 at 6:51 p.m.
Wilder said...

headcocoNUT apparently has no knowledge of the origins or disposition of the American Indian tribes native to this area, or the origin or ancestory of the mestizos currently breaching our borders. His claims are preposterous.

Rolando, Obama feels that he has to have the Hispanic vote to win in the next election, and he is pandering to them for that reason. Politicians don't give a hoot about the long term effects of their actions - they will do anything to get reelected.

The problem with this issue is that both parties are complicit. Dalton's carpet cartel, who are wholly responsible for Dalton's demise, are all Republicans - the problem is that even though they are small part of the party numerically, and don't share the interest of the majority, their financial contributions(bribes), allow them to call the shots.

October 14, 2011 at 7:28 p.m.
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