Huffington Post Opinion: Hands of Alabama, Working, Worrying, Waiting

"BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – How many undocumented immigrants in Alabama would meet the criteria set by new federal regulations to be 'low priorities' for deportation if they were to be detained?

Every story we hear, every family drama, seems to describe cases that would fall under these regulations, which establish that immigration agents should prioritize the deportation of those who pose a real threat to public safety, not mothers and fathers who came to this country to devote themselves to work in various industries and create a better future for their families.

Despite this, Alabama law HB 56–even after a court ordered the state to temporarily stop enforcing parts of the law–keeps the immigrant community here in a state of anxiety. Even with the supposed prioritization of deportations, the community confronts the constant fear of being detained and deported under a law that the Obama Administration's own Department of Justice is trying to get ruled unconstitutional. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the House Judiciary Committee yesterday that her Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not collaborating with Alabama's authorities to implement the law, and is instead cooperating with the Department of Justice in its lawsuit to block it. How ironic."  Read more …


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