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“Tweak” Bill Reinforces Rather than Repeals the Ugliness of Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law

04/06/12 - Yesterday, the backers of Alabama’s “show me your papers” anti-immigrant law introduced new legislation to tweak, but not repeal HB56. The following is a reaction to the new bill from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice. | Read More

Colbert Report on Republicans and the Latino Vote

04/06/12 - A “Colbert Report” segment this week wonders how Republicans are going to capture the Latino vote “instead of their current strategy of capturing Latinos.” Colbert cites the recent Fox News Latino poll which found that no more than 14% of Latino voters would swing for the Republican Party if the general election were held today. | Read More

BREAKING: Bill Proposing Changes to HB 56 Introduced in Alabama House

04/05/12 - A bill proposing changes to Alabama's illegal immigration law has been introduced in the House. HB 658 by Rep Micky Hammon. | Read More

Personal Report From Berlin, at the Daimler AG Shareholders’ Meeting

04/05/12 - Yesterday, I had the privilege of representing America’s Voice Education Fund, alongside Renata Soto of National Council of La Raza and Fred Redmond of the United Steel Workers and the AFL-CIO, at the Daimler AG shareholder meeting with more than 6,000 attendees in Berlin, Germany. | Read More

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Ala’s tough immigration could undergo changes

04/06/12 - Boston Globe
Changes could be coming to Alabama's tough immigration law that has been challenged by the courts, churches and businesses. Its author, Republican Rep. Micky Hammon, on Thursday offered revisions that he said would make the law more workable for local governments, more enforceable for police, and less burdensome for law-abiding citizens and businesses.

Alabama Immigration Law Authors File Bill To Amend It

04/06/12 - Huffington Post
Alabama lawmakers took the first step Thursday toward amending -- but not repealing -- the state's contested immigration law. Republican House Speaker Mike Hammon filed a bill that would make changes to H.B. 56, a partially blocked law that allows police and other government officials to inquire about citizenship status in a number of situations.

Latino Vote to Be Crucial Once Again to U.S. Election Outcome

04/06/12 - Latin American Herald Tribune
According to a study, the Hispanic vote is expected to be crucial in states such as Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington and North Carolina, where a close contest is anticipated between Obama and the Republican nominee

Report: 22% of deportees have U.S.-born children

04/06/12 - USA Today
During the first six months of last year, the federal government deported more than 46,000 parents who claimed their children are U.S. citizens, according to a new report that has raised concerns about what happens to children after their parents are expelled.

Arizona immigration law author gives Romney a “death hug”

04/06/12 - Univision
As Mitt Romney begins to pivot toward a general election match up with President Obama, he’s looking to keep the focus off some of his tough statements on immigration, which have hurt his standing with Latino voters, and target the president.

From Alabama to Berlin—Civil Rights Leaders Ask Mercedes to Oppose HB 56

04/05/12 - New American Media
Civil rights leaders traveled to Berlin this week to ask Mercedes executives to speak out against Alabama’s anti-immigrant law. The delegation is part of an effort to pressure Alabama's top automakers -- Honda, Hyundai and Daimler AG -- to oppose Alabama’s HB 56, known as the toughest immigration law in the country.

Rubio’s ‘conservative DREAM Act’ draws instant backlash

04/05/12 - Colorado Independent
Sen. Marco Rubio’s recent proposal to offer a “conservative-Republican alternative” to the DREAM Act continues to draw criticism from media outlets that say it could result in “a half-measure that produces only a different sort of legal limbo” for immigrants.

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