Southern Poverty Law Center sues state of Alabama

Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups filed a lawsuit against the state of Alabama and HB 560, set to take effect on 1 September. In an email to subscribers of the SPLC newsletter, Morris Dees writes, “Today we filed a lawsuit against Alabama’s new, draconian anti-immigrant law. The New York Times calls it “the most extreme” in the nation. It makes Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation look like child’s play.” Here’s a snippet from the SPLC website:

“We have filed this lawsuit today because Alabama’s immigration law is blatantly unconstitutional,” said SPLC Legal Director Mary Bauer. “This law revisits the state’s painful racial past and tramples the rights of all Alabama residents. It should never become the law of the land.”

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