UPDATE: A federal court blocked schools from checking the immigration status of students. Unfortunately, the court allowed other aspects of the law to stand. You can read all about it in The New York Times’ articles, Mixed Ruling on Alabama Immigration Law and 2 Alabama Immigration Law Provisions Are Blocked. That ruling has been upheld.
Last week, a court upheld several parts of Alabama’s awful immigration law, including the section related to schools.
Here are my choices for The Best Resources To Learn About Alabama’s Awful Immigration Law (& It’s Impact On Schools):
Alabama’s Shame is an editorial from The New York Times.
After Ruling, Hispanics Flee an Alabama Town is also from The New York Times.
Students’ Immigration Status To Be Coded With “0″ or “1″ in Ala. is the title of an Ed Week article about how Alabama is implementing a new law requiring schools to document students’ immigration status.
Hispanic students vanish from Alabama schools is the headline of a USA Today article on a judge letting stand a law that requires schools to determine if students are undocumented.
New Alabama law unsettling for some undocumented immigrants comes from CNN.
Alabama immigration law leaves schools gripped by uncertainty is from the Christian Science Monitor.
Should Schools Help Catch Illegal Immigrants? is another useful article from The New York Times about Alabama’s new law.
Greg Toppo from USA Today sent out a tweet from a conference where Randi Weingarten from the American Federation of Teachers commented on Alabama’s new immigration law. She said:
Teachers “are safety nets, not snitches. They are guardians, not guards.”
Also, USA Today published an article headlined School leader: Ala. immigration law ‘scary’ for students.
Fearful Hispanic students skip class is from Politico.
Ala. Immigration Law Puts Squeeze on Schools is from Education Week.
Ala. Immigration Law Worries Latino Parents is from NPR.
You might also be interested in:
Alabama immigration threat: prove your legal status or lose water supply is from The Guardian.
Alabama parents prepare for the worst: separation from their kids is from The Guardian.
Sweet home Alabama no more is also from The Guardian.
After Alabama law, Hispanic kids being bullied is from CBS News.
Critics See ‘Chilling Effect’ in Alabama Immigration Law is from The New York Times.
The U.S. Justice Department has requested information from all Alabama schools. As Ed Week reports:
Among other things, the letter requests records of enrollment by race and lists of students who have withdrawn since the beginning of the school year, broken down by race, national origin and whether they are classified as English Language Learners. The department also wants a list of unexplained absences since the law took effect on September 27.
Feds Investigating Ala. School Enrollment in Wake of Immigration Law is from Education Week.
Feds Request Data On All Alabama Students is from NPR.
For Undocumented Workers, It’s Not-so-Sweet Home Alabama is a video report, and transcript, from the PBS News Hour.
Alabama Hispanic students not coming back is from Politico.
The New York Times has published an editorial about Alabama’s attack on immigrants. Here are its last two paragraphs:
Alabama has seized from the federal government the job of controlling immigration within its borders. The law’s architects and supporters proclaim that their goal is to catastrophically disrupt the lives of illegal immigrants and their families. With reports of harassment and panic, and of a mass exodus of immigrants fleeing the state, the potential for civil rights abuses is acutely obvious.
That Alabama’s attorney general would not welcome a federal inquiry, but bristle instead, with an implicit appeal to state’s rights — with all the defiant history of intolerance and minority oppression those words suggest — says volumes. All Americans should feel ashamed.
The New York Times editorial writers might not have any idea about what they’re talking about when they write on education issues, but they’ve certainly nailed things on the Alabama immigration law. Their recent editorial, On the Rise in Alabama, talks about Africans Americans and Latinos organizing together against the law. The quote in this post headline is from an African-American leader. A slideshow accompanies the editorial.”>slideshow accompanies the editorial.
As always, feedback is welcome.