A top U.S. Justice Department official warned Alabama’s education department that the state’s controversial immigration law has had “lasting” and possibly illegal consequences for Hispanic school children, according to a letter released Thursday.

“(The law has) diminished access to and quality of education for many of Alabama’s Hispanic children, resulted in missed school days, chilled or prevented the participation of parents in their children’s education, and transformed the climates of some schools into less safe and welcoming spaces for Hispanic children,” wrote Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the federal department’s Civil Rights Division.

The legislation, known as HB 56, has several provisions, including one requiring police who make lawful traffic stops or arrests to try to determine the immigration status of anyone they suspect might be in the country illegally.

A federal appeals court has blocked some components, however, including one requiring Alabama officials to check the immigration status of children in public schools.


He [Perez] points to data provided by Alabama officials that, he says, shows that “Hispanic students absence rates tripled while absence rates for other groups of students remained virtually flat.” That includes a sharp drop in those getting schooling through English as a second language programs, meaning they did not “receive the educational services to which they are legally entitled.”

Perez also writes that “the rate of total withdrawals of Hispanic children substantially increased,” with 13.4% of such children having dropped out between the beginning of the current school year and this February.”


One of the bill’s authors, state Sen. Scott Beason, defended the idea of checking students’ legal status.

“I think it’s important that we gather that data,” said Beason, a Republican like most of the members of the state’s legislature. “I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with collecting the data, and I think the courts will agree.”

Nearly 99% of all Alabama K-12 public school students are U.S. citizens, said Perez.

And many of those of Hispanic origin feel “unwelcome in schools they had attended for years,” he added, basing these comments on interviews with students, parents, teachers and administrators.

Many reported “being singled out to receive notices or attend assemblies about HB 56,” as well as “increased anxiety and diminished concentration in school, deteriorating grades and increased hostility, bullying and intimidation,” said the civil rights division chief.


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  •  Arrest a murderer, convict him and then throw him in jail.  Then complain about his lack of freedom.

    The only slight consolation I can take from this is that in a lot of places where the illegal alien children were, they displaced or competed with blacks, and therefore made the school a little less bad.

  • ‘Nearly 99% of all Alabama K-12 public school students are U.S. citizens, said Perez”
    Maybe they are now after the law is in effect

  • “with 13.4% of such children having
    dropped out”

    So only 86.6% to go, then!  Like I’ve always said.  There’s no need for a long period of mass deportations.  Once you start kicking them out, the rest will leave all on their own.

  • So what if illegal invaders or their pseudo American citizen spawn, aka anchor babies, are being” displaced!” Only a La Raza reconquista racist like Perez would care.

  • ageofknowledge

    I predict student standardized test scores will rise 13% as a result of this in the state of Alabama.

  • Diamond_Lil

    When the latino kids are absent, the intelligent children will get more attention.  For far too long, public schools have had to dumb down the curriculum for the English Language Learners to the detriment of the white children. 

  • xxxtonygunsxxx
  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The DOJ is terrified of what SCOTUS is about to do in Arizona and has set its sights on Alabama.
    But who cares about the legal citizens of the state of Alabama, right Perez, you anti-White racist.  Here are a few results from Alabama’s “controversial” immigration crack-down:* Immigration Law: Alabama Immigration reform cuts unemploymenthttp://dailycaller.com/2012/01/20/alabamas-immigration-reform-again-cuts-unemployment/*  Alabama’s unemployment rate drops for 8th month http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/D9U8QPT02.htm


    • joewest666

      They are losing votes.  They need every teet suckler entitlement voter they can find.

  • Major

    We’re always told that these illegals are needed to do the “jobs Americans won’t do”!

    Some years back I managed to travel to every state in this country as part of my work….and I remember every hotel ( years ago ) had white American women doing those rooms….and white kids working in restaurants…and white kids getting summer jobs at Wendy’s or BK, or McD’s.

    White kids working on farms and white kids in the neighborhoods making extra cash cutting lawns…who needs the “latino” usurpers anyway? They sure as hell don’t get “educated” in Mexico or Guatemala, do they?

  • Well they can get an education in Mexico, or California.

  • MissBonnie123

    If you are here legally you have nothing to worry about. If you are here illegally you should leave our country.

    The Department of “Justice” is always trying to make law abiding citizens feel guilt for not allowing their states to be overtaken by illegals.

  • DEPORT ALL Illegals
    AND CHILDREN OF Illegals!


  • mobilebay

    If you’re legal you don’t have anything to worry about. If not…adios. Unlike third world countries, we have laws, even though our government doesn’t always choose to enforce them.