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NILC Responds to Fed. District Court Decision


Organizations Will Appeal to Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Seek Injunction to Stop Key Elements of Law


October 5, 2011


Adela de la Torre, NILC, (213) 674-2832;
Marion Steinfels, SPLC, (334) 956-8417;
Vesna Jaksic, ACLU national, (212) 284-7347 or 549-2666;
Olivia Turner, ACLU of Alabama, (334) 265-2754 ext.204;
Laura Rodriguez, MALDEF, (310) 956-2425;
Sin Yen Ling, Asian Law Caucus, (415) 896-1701;
Madeline Friedman, LatinoJustice PRLDEF: 212-739-7581, 201-600-1397 or
Alexandra Kogan, AAJC (202) 296-2300 x. 144

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The federal district court today denied emergency requests to block harmful provisions of HB 56, Alabama’s anti-immigrant law. The requests to block key provisions of the law were made by a coalition of civil rights organizations, as well the U.S. Department of Justice. In its emergency request, the coalition presented evidence of harms already suffered by Alabamians as a result of provisions that were allowed to take effect Sept. 28.

The civil rights coalition challenging this law will file an emergency request with the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to stop these provisions from taking effect, pending the resolution of their appeal. The civil rights plaintiffs and their counsel are committed to pursuing all legal avenues to ensure the eventual defeat of this misguided law.

The civil rights organizations involved in HICA v. Bentley, the class-action challenge to Alabama’s anti-immigrant law, include the National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Alabama, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Asian Law Caucus, the Asian American Justice Center, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Day Laborers’ Organizing Network, and LatinoJustice-PRLDEF.

More information about HICA v. Bentley available.