No Decision in HB87/HB56 Court of Appeals Case – CBS


Attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center, find American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups protested at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Thursday.

The groups brought lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a number of provisions in HB 87 in Georgia and HB 56 in Alabama.

Dozens of protesters held signs and chanted in Spanish for the laws to be repealed.

Denuncian estado de terror por programa Comunidades seguras en EE.UU

Varios grupos de activistas denunciaron hoy el “estado de terror” que generan programas como el de Comunidades Seguras y los continuos “errores” en las políticas antiinmigratorias de Estados Unidos. “Comunidades Seguras ha fallado de manera constante, click genera un creciente miedo a la policía y deteriora la confianza en las comunidades, al saber que incluso la denuncia de un delito puede conducir a la deportación”, indicó Patty Kupfer, del Fondo para la Voz Americana en la Educación. En la misma línea se pronunció en una conferencia telefónica Adelina Nichols, directora de un grupo latino de derechos humanos en Georgia, quien subrayó el “estado de terror” en el que viven muchas comunidades con alto número de inmigrantes indocumentados. – Univision 02.28.2012

GLAHR Calls for End to 287(g) at Georgia HB87 Court of Appeals Hearing

Remarks of Adelina Nicholls, Director of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights at HB87/HB56 Court of Appeals 11th District press conference:

Today in this courtroom, humble people, undocumented immigrants stood to defend the constitution against the hateful laws of the states of georgia and alabama.

Instead of treating immigrants like criminals in Georgia, we should be treated for what we are, hard-workers, family members, and defenders of the rights of all of us.

When we defend the rights of immigrants, we defend the rights of us all. But when immigrants are attacked, we all suffer. Ask any farmer in Georgia whether that’s true.

Federal Judge Blocks Anti-Day Laborer Portions of SB 1070

A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state’s 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled Wednesday that groups seeking to overturn the law will likely prevail in their claim that the day labor rules violate the First Amendment.

New round of immigration battles set in the South – LA Times

The Deep South, already the nation’s hottest illegal immigration battleground, will see more action in the coming days, with Mississippi considering an Alabama-style immigration crackdown bill and a federal appeals court set to consider Thursday whether the Alabama law, and a similar one in Georgia, are constitutional. The legislation and the courtroom battle will serve as a prelude to April 25, when the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over Arizona’s SB 1070, the controversial 2010 law that triggered a wave of state-level efforts nationwide to get tough on illegal immigrants. – LA Times 02.29.2012

Activists: Both 287g and Se Communities must go – Univision

A move by the Obama administration to phase out some federal agreements that give local police authority to take part in immigration enforcement doesn’t go far enough, a diverse group of advocates and law enforcement experts said in a conference call Tuesday. The administration indicated in this year’s budget that it would put an end to portions of the 287g program in favor of implementing Se Communities nationwide, but the group says doing so will do little to address the problems that arise when local law enforcement officers act as immigration agents. The programs, summarized the call’s moderator, Patty Kupfer of America’s Voice, deteriorate community policing and trust. They translate into a growing fear of police in the immigrant community and tell immigrants that contact with police, even sometimes to report a crime, could lead to deportation, she said. – Univision 02.29.2012