DOJ Establishes Alabama Civil Rights Unit in Wake of Illegal Immigration Crackdown

Fox News Latino, August 22, 2012

The Justice Department will establish its first civil rights unit in the southern state of Alabama, the agency said Tuesday—a development that comes in the wake of the state’s crackdown on illegal immigration, which raised concerns about Alabama’s compliance with federal laws.

While the unit wasn’t formed as a direct result of Alabama’s immigration law—parts of which have been blocked by federal courts—officials said it would examine issues related to immigrants and also matters involving fair housing laws, police brutality claims, compliance with federal disability laws and minority protection.

Attorneys from the unit based in Birmingham will be responsible for both criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits to enforce civil rights laws.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tom Perez said the unit will ensure that the federal government has a continuing eye on civil rights issues in Alabama, which was a hotbed of unrest during the civil rights movement half a century ago.

“This is about sustainability . . . of civil rights enforcement,” Perez said during a news conference held at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Birmingham is the eighth U.S. city out of 94 with U.S. attorney offices to have a civil rights unit. The nearest similar unit is in Memphis, Tenn.

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  • Us White people in So CAL need a Civil Rights Advocacy group fast!  Or should I say Pronto?

    • ha ha!

      “Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tom Perez said..”

       Senor Perez is going to protect the innocent mexicans from us. That is what you call rich.

  • Church_of_Jed

    “Southerners just can’t be trusted,” because too many of them, especially in “too White” communities like Sandy Springs, still are asking unfortunate, divisive, and inflammatory questions about what’s in MLK’s court sealed file at the FBI; and they also once allowed their politicians to say mean things like this:

    http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/marshall/manifesto.html

  • joewest666

    Priorities..

    Good to see Eric “my people” Holder is on the job attacking the law abiding citizens of the US.

  • ncpride

    I notice they never allow comments on Fox/Latino…. Bet I know why. And so do you AmRen readers.

  • Enar_Larsson

    —“…a development that comes in the wake of the state’s crackdown on illegal
    immigration, which raised concerns about Alabama’s compliance with
    federal laws.”—

    Step one:  The federal government refuses to enforce federal law.
    Step two: Alabama responds by passing their own law mirroring the unenforced federal law because it is being harmed by federal noncompliance with federal law.
    Step three: The Federal government creates a new department to make sure that Alabama is in compliance with federal law.
    Step four: Sit and drink and cry.

  • They should rename this the DOJ “Harassment Unit”, if a judge upholds any part of a states attempt to enforce it’s own immigration laws then these federal thugs will step in an offically harass any cop that tries to do his job. It’s meant to send a message to police and other states who are thinking of doing the same thing. 

  • This is one reason to elect Romney.  He will fire all these fools and all this nonsense goes away.  Not to mention he can pack the supreme court with like-minded people.

    • The__Bobster

      No, it won’t. You’d be amazed at how many entrenched YT-hating libtard bureaucrats exist at the DOJ. Obongo made a point of loading it with snivel rights lawyers.

  • NM156

    Perez-affirmative action hire and foreigner calling the shots on immigration in Alabama. All is lost.