Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Federal Court Rules on Alabama and Georgia Immigration Laws, Gov. Perry says nothing has changed in Texas

Yesterday's big news was the ruling by the Federal appeals court on immigration laws in Georgia and Alabama.  It was a mixed result, with the court striking down measures in Alabama related to checking the status of school children, and measures in Georgia that would criminalize the transportation or harboring of undocumented immigrants.  As in the case of the Supreme Court's ruling on Arizona's SB1070, the court left in place the "show me your papers" measures, with the reservation that they would reconsider if civil rights or due process issues arise:

 “The court today rejected many parts of Alabama and Georgia’s anti-immigrant laws, including attempts to criminalize everyday interactions with undocumented immigrants and Alabama’s callous attempt to deprive some children of their constitutional right to education. The court explicitly left the door open to further challenges against the "show me your papers" provision, which we will continue to fight in order to protect people’s constitutional rights.”

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The New York Times editorial page welcomed the "repudiation of bad laws":

My San Antonio website reported on Governor Perry's response to the implementation of DACA:

“Quite simply, the governor's letter reiterates that the secretary's directive does not change state law, and he expects agencies to continue to follow state law,” Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said. “There are no plans to issue an executive order as Gov. Brewer did."

It would appear that the Governor was more focused on bashing the Obama administration's policy rather than taking action to keep undocumented immigrants from getting driver's licenses:

“I don't think there's anything the kids need to worry about with the governor's letter. I think it was very carefully worded, intended to satisfy some constituents and yet leave the door open to the Latino voters that the GOP will need in the future,” Austin immigration lawyer Dan Kowalski said.

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A link to Perry's letter from the Texas Tribune:

NBC News reports on a disturbing case of criminal detention for a legal immigrant and the overall increase in detentions which is fueling the private prison industry:

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