Saturday, December 10, 2022

Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Backfires, Creating a New Civil Rights Movement

Alabama’s show-me-your-papers law, HB56, threatens to turn the clock back to a time when hardworking men and women were persecuted because of the color of their skin. The law legitimizes racial profiling, terrorizes people of color throughout the state, frightens children, and harms the state’s economy. Sound familiar? Alabama’s past — post emancipation years characterized […]

Connecticut Police Officers Arrested for Targeting Latinos

Four East Haven, Connecticut police officers accused of systematically targeting Latinos with unlawful search and seizures, traffic stops, and physical abuse were arrested on Tuesday. The FBI has accused Police Sergeant John Miller, Officers David Cari, Jason Zullo, and Dennis Spaulding, known within the East Haven Police Department as “The Miller Boys,” of intimidating both […]

Countrywide Agrees to Pay $335M in Landmark Case over Discriminatory Lending Practices Against Latinos

In the largest residential fair-lending settlement in history, Bank of America’s Countrywide Financial Corporation has agreed to pay $335 million to settle a dispute over allegations of systemic discrimination against qualified Latino and African-American borrowers. Latinos made up about two-thirds of the cases investigated by the Department of Justice, which reviewed over 200,000 cases across 41 […]

Feds Say Arpaio Discriminated Against Latinos

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona and Sheriff Joe Arpaio routinely discriminated against Latinos, including racial profiling during routine traffic stops and treating legal residents as criminals, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. The findings are part of a 3 ½-year investigation that began in 2008 after numerous complaints alleged sheriff’s deputies were […]

Hazelton Anti-immigration Laws Revisited

A pair of anti-immigration laws in the town of Hazelton, Penn., declared unconstitutional by a federal appeals court last year, are getting a second chance. The U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals reversed its ruling from last September that declared the laws unconstitutional because they conflicted with federal immigration laws.  The court’s decision stems from […]

Has the State Level Anti-immigrant Push lost Steam?

Movement on the anti-immigrant front has pretty much stalled. The fervor that  was ignited by Arizona’s controversial SB1070 has, in the words of the Associated Press, fizzled. This doesn’t mean that we can put the whole ugly anti-immigrant mess behind us and move on, but it does look like the momentum has slowed and the final lines have been drawn. What […]

Hispanic Farmers Reject Billion Dollar Settlement from Federal Government

A lawyer representing Hispanic farmers alleging discrimination by the United States Department of Agriculture over a number of years called the $1.3 billion settlement offered by the government on Friday “unacceptable.” The group of farmers, which also includes women farmers, claims the USDA favored white farmers for years by giving them preference for loans and […]

Republican State Lawmakers Mark their Ground over Birthright Citizenship

Several Republican state lawmakers revealed their plans to repeal the right to citizenship for children born on US soil to undocumented immigrants yesterday at a press conference in Washington, DC. The news conference, in which lawmakers from Arizona, Georgia, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Carolina expressed the hope that their national campaign end with a Supreme […]

Report Details Abuse Suffered by Immigrant Women Laborers

Undocumented female immigrants, especially in the food production sector, are some of the most vulnerable and exploited group in the US labor market.  These are the findings of a new report from the  Southern Poverty Law Center released at a press conference in Washington yesterday. “Injustice On Our Plates” was based on interviews with 150 […]

Documentary Examines Discrimination Against Mex.-Amer. Veteran in Texas Town

A new PBS documentary brings to the national spotlight, the story of a Mexican-American World War II veteran and the struggles against racism and discrimination in a small Texas town that his family encountered when they tried to bury the fallen soldier. What ensued lay the grown-work for Latino involvement in the burgeoning civil rights […]