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Alabama Immigration Agents Raid Homes and Threaten Children

In the wake of Alabama’s new anti-immigration law, there are new reports that agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have been making terrorizing raids on north Alabama families that undermine federal efforts to protect the civil rights of the state’s Latino community.

According to a press release issued by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a non-profit civil rights organization that is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and seeks to implement justice for society’s most vulnerable, agents have allegedly been threatening children and terrorizing families throughout the state.

SPLC has urged the Department of Homeland Security to end the raids.




A Plea for Help to Homeland Security

The SPLC sent a letter urging that the raids be stopped immediately to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, after the SPLC had been informed that armed ICE agents had been entering the homes of Latino families living in a mobile park in Collinsville and Fort Payne.

According to witness reports the ICE agents were entering homes without permission and interrogating young children.

In addition to urging that such threatening and forceful raids be stopped, the letter also asked for there to be a formal investigation conducted into the civil rights violations that may have taken place during the raids, which are a result of the state’s anti-immigration law, HB 56.

Prior to the letter, Napolitano had written a statement that the Department of homeland Security would not be assisting Alabama in enforcing the HB 56 law.

“Alabama’s Latino community has already been devastated by HB 56, and many Latinos who have not left the state are living in terror,” Mary Bauer, the SPLC Legal Director wrote in the press release. Bauer continued:

“These raids profoundly undermine the federal government’s substantial efforts to reassure people that they still have civil rights and that the federal government is committed to protecting them. They are terrorizing a community living in fear and chaos.”

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Illegal Raids and Threatening American Children

Making illegal raids, threatening to arrest children – who incidentally are U.S. citizens – if they did not reveal their parent’s whereabouts, terrorizing families, and arresting people who happened to be in the vicinity, is blatantly unacceptable behaviour.

It is behavior that marginalizes immigrants further, and does little to tackle the problem of immigration, as Dan Werner, the SPLC’s deputy legal director, stated on the press release:

“These raids are a stark reminder that the failure of our nation to pass comprehensive immigration reform has devastating repercussions that rip apart communities and push immigrants deeper into the shadows.”

If such terrorizing raids are a by-product of the anti-immigrant law, HB 56, and an “avowal” made by several federal agencies, including the departments of Education and Labor, it just goes to show how backward the HB 56 anti-immigration law really is.

The departments of Education and Labor are taking steps to reassure Alabama’s Latino community that the government will be vigilant in protecting their civil rights.

This is not the first time that the state of Alabama and its anti-immigration laws have been scrutinized and criticized, as when the state’s HB 56 was signed into law it was universally condemned by immigrant and civil rights groups as the “harshest anti-immigrant state law to be passed”.

The state of Alabama and its anti-immigration laws are attempting to criminalize every aspect of life for immigrants living in Alabama, including making it illegal for immigrant children to go to school, and making it illegal for undocumented immigrants to work or rent a house.

Similar to the HB 56 law’s predecessor, Arizona’s SB 1070, the new law in Alabama also states that it is a criminal offense for immigrants to simply be in Alabama.

Basically, as Johnson Malhotra, advocacy and policy counsel for the ACLU, told Colorlines.com, “The aim [of the HB 56 law] is to make it economically not viable for immigrants to do anything.”

Alabama’s new harsh anti-immigration law, which obviously advocates making illegal raids and interrogating and terrorizing children inside family homes, furthers Alabama’s reputation and stereotype as being a xenophobic state, where racism is bred from the mouths of the lawmakers themselves.

It will be interesting to see whether, in the wake of the SPLC’s appeals to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice will go after Alabama for its abuse of basic human rights.


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Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

  • Javajava219

    Alabama will be in shreds soon. lol such a waste of money

  • Illegally entering the country to squat and filch is a federal crime. Illegals should be arrested and ejected upon detection. I say build a wall and deport ’em all.

    VIVA Alabama!

  • Anonymous

    It is truly infortunate that the illegal aliens use their children as human shields to further their criminal activities.  These illegal alien parents are a disgrace for subjecting their children to participation in their lawless lifestyle.

  • Anonymous

    LOL.  Arizona was just upgraded by Standard & Poors and also have a budget surplus.  This is roughly 18 months after passing SB 1070 and sending a 150,000 or so illegals scrambling back to Mexico or your state.  Yeah, Alabama is in real trouble.

  • wigglwagon

    There is nothing Constitutional about not deporting all illegal aliens.  Article 2 Section 3 says the President “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

    The Constitution provides avenues for changing existing laws and enacting new ones.  Until or unless that is done. it is a clear dereliction of duty and office for government officials to not deport all illegal aliens with whom they come in contact.

  • wigglwagon

    “The state of Alabama and its anti-immigration laws are attempting to criminalize every aspect of life for immigrants living in Alabama, including making it illegal for immigrant children to go to school,”

    Alabama law does nothing to make it illegal for any children to go to school.

    When people constantly make statements that are blatantly false, do they really expect others to take them seriously?

  • Anonymous

    “The state of Alabama and its anti-immigration laws are attempting to criminalize every aspect of life for immigrants living in Alabama.” Why do these so called AUTHORS continue to mislead readers by leaving out the word ILLEGAL in front of immigrant ?

  • Thanks for your comment. I believe the primary reason is because they aren’t all illegal. The article is about the immigrant community being raided, and the majority are – believe it or not – here legally. Be it a green card, school or work visa, etc. Calling them all illegal immigrants would be both racist and misleading.

  • Being Undocumented in the country is NOT I REPEAT NOT A FEDERAL CRIME. ITS A MISDEMEANOR. GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT BEFORE YOU SHOW YOUR UGLY BIGOTED HATE.

  • Immigration reform would generate $4.5 to $5.4 billion in additional net tax revenue over three years,” the letter says. “The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office scored the bi-partisan 2007 comprehensive immigration reform bill that was proposed in the Senate as increasing federal revenues by $15 billion over the 2008-2012 period and by $48 billion over the 2008-2017 period.”

    Studies from groups across the political spectrum have proven the economic and fiscal benefits of comprehensive immigration reform. By requiring illegal immigrants to register with the government, pay fees and back taxes, and correct their status, we can drastically expand our tax base. A report by the Center for American Progress found that passing comprehensive immigration reform would generate $4.5 to $5.4 billion in additional net tax revenue over three years. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office scored the bi-partisan 2007 comprehensive immigration reform bill that was proposed in the Senate as increasing federal revenues by $15 billion over the 2008-2012 period and by $48 billion over the 2008-2017 period.

    In addition to expanding our tax base, economists have proven that comprehensive immigration reform would also increase wages for native workers, thereby boosting tax revenues generated by all workers. The CATO Institute found that forcing undocumented immigrants to get right with the law by registering with the government would boost the incomes of U.S. households by $180 billion in 2019, which would also lead to increased government revenues, without increasing tax rates.

    Just like our budget deficit, immigration reform is an issue that we cannot afford to ignore. Bipartisan proposals that are tough, fair, and practical have garnered support from across the ideological spectrum in Congress, as well as from President Bush and the current administration. Comprehensive immigration reform would clearly help us reduce our deficit and debt, and would do so without raising tax rates.

     US economy largely unaffected by illegal immigration

    WASHINGTON — A study released Wednesday concludes that illegal-immigrant workers do not drain jobs or tax dollars and have a neutral impact on the U.S. economy.
    Because illegal immigrants occupy a small share of the work force — about 5 percent — and work low-skilled jobs at lower wages than other workers, their overall influence on the economy is trivial, according to the report, sponsored by the Migration Policy Institute, a pro-immigration think tank in Washington.
    “The fate of the U.S. economy does not rest on what we do on illegal immigration,” said Gordon H. Hanson, author of the report and economics professor at the University of California-San Diego.
    Illegal immigrants contribute a tiny 0.03 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, with that gain going to employers who save money on cheap labor, the report says, while their cost to the economy is 0.10 percent of GDP, which mainly comes from public education and publicly funded emergency health care.
    The net impact at minus 0.07 percent of GDP means that illegal immigrants have an essentially neutral effect on the economy, Hanson said.
    The report does not factor in the spending or entrepreneurship that illegal immigrants contribute to the economy, said Marc Rosenblum, senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute.
    Where illegal immigrants do have a substantial impact, Hanson added, is in specific labor-intensive and low-skilled industries such as agriculture, construction, hospitality and cleaning services, where the share of native-born workers has dropped precipitously.
    Because the U.S. has dramatically raised the education level of its adult population in the last 50 years — going from about 50 percent of all working-age adults without a high school diploma in 1960 to just 8 percent today — the native-born, low-skilled work force has shrunk, while employers continue to require low-skilled workers.
    This leaves room for illegal immigrants to take such jobs at a low cost, the report says.
    Illegal immigrants now account for 20 percent of working-age adults in the U.S. who don’t have a high school degree.
    While the influx of illegal immigrants is one of the factors keeping low-skilled wages stagnant, the biggest losers in the current system are legal low-wage workers, both native and foreign born, who compete with the illegal immigrants, Rosenblum said.
    Meanwhile, employers reap higher profits because of lower labor costs and more productive businesses.
    The solution to this imbalance, proposed by the Migration Policy Institute, is to provide more visas and legal channels for unskilled workers to enter the U.S.
    Today, low-skilled workers must have a green card — effectively requiring them to have close family members in the U.S. — or obtain a temporary work visa.
    “We really need to approach migration control comprehensively by both strengthening enforcements and creating legalization mechanisms that will control the unauthorized population and improve the economic outputs that we get from immigration,” Rosenblum said.

  • GUESS WHAT UNEDUCATED HATERS. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THESE PEOPLE ARE DETAINED  ?? YOU PAY TO HOLD THEM $$$$$$$$$$$$ DAILY. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Moron.  M-O-R-O-N.  Moron.

  • Aforehand

    No they aren’t.

  • Yes they are. Avg 11 million illegals year after year, decreasing the last couple of years. Meanwhile, U.S. issues about a million green cards a year, many tech workers are set for 6 years. Do the math. I’ll send you the stat sources if you don’t believe me rather than believing the myths.

  • Anonymous

    You are still missing what the author reported, Alabama has no laws against legal immigrants only against illegal immigration. The author refuses to distinguish between the two. She insists on calling illegal immigrants immigrants. If they had a law against bank robbery she would complain that these laws are against financial advisers. She is twisting the facts.

  • Anonymous

    This is what happens when you have laws. Sometimes things are a hardship on everyone when a certain group decides not to follow our laws. The majority of airline passengers don’t have guns or bombs but airline passengers get screened and suffer an inconvenience because a certain group won’t follow our laws. What is your solution ? Follow only the laws that we agree with ?

  • Dan of the Alps

    Being in the country illegally is a civil infraction which is not a crime. However illegal entry is a federal misdemeanor and misdemeanors are crimes.

  • In the wake of Alabama’s new anti-immigration law, there are new reports
    that agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have
    been making terrorizing raids on north Alabama families that undermine
    federal efforts to protect the civil rights of the state’s Latino
    community.

  • As soon as you have stopped getting showings and everyone realizes that
    the property is overpriced it will take at least a 10% price reduction
    to stir up some new interest.

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