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July 2011 News Releases & Statements

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7/21/11
NILC and Civil Rights Coalition Ask Court to Block Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

NILC and a coalition of other civil rights groups filed a motion today asking a federal judge to block Alabama’s anti-immigrant law from taking effect Sept. 1. The motion for preliminary injunction follows a federal lawsuit the groups filed earlier this month that charged the law is unconstitutional on multiple grounds. Alabama’s law, which affects myriad aspects of daily life for countless Alabamians, is even more restrictive than Arizona’s infamous SB 1070, which has been blocked by the courts.

READ THE MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION ››


7/20/11
Civil Rights and Policy Groups Denounce “Secure” Communities Advisory Committee

NILC joined more than 200 civil rights organizations in denouncing the Dept. of Homeland Security’s recently-formed advisory committee on Secure Communities. In a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director John Morton, the groups expressed deep disappointment in the advisory committee, which will be virtually unable to make significant recommendations to fix this fundamentally flawed program.

READ THE LETTER ››


7/8/11
NILC, SPLC, ACLU File Lawsuit Challenging Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

NILC, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, and a coalition of civil rights groups have filed a class action lawsuit challenging Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law, HB 56, passed last month. The draconian law is even more restrictive than the Arizona law it was inspired by—Arizona’s SB 1070.

READ THE COMPLAINT ››