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In United States v. Brignoni-Ponce, the Court concluded it was permissible under the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment for the police to use race as a factor in making decisions about which motorists to stop and search. In that case, the Court concluded that the police could take a person’s Mexican appearance into account when developing reasonable suspicion that a vehicle may contain undocumented immigrants. The Court said that “the likelihood that any person of Mexican ancestry is an alien is high enough to make Mexican appearance a relevant factor.”

…Some commentators have argued that Brignoni-Ponce may be limited to the immigration context…It is not obvious what the rational basis would be for limiting overt race discrimination by police to immigration. The likelihood that a person of Mexican ancestry is an “alien” could not be significantly higher than the likelihood that any random black person is a drug criminal.

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow.

Apply this to Alabama’s new immigration law.  And You’ll understand why Hispanic people in Alabama are afraid to leave their homes.

(via letterstomycountry)

Lest I be called out for failing to follow through… Check out some of the ever growing list of Celebs “you never knew were latino!"…. Despite the fact that these lists are based entirely around "but they’re so white! but they’re so black!", here’s hoping more Ted Williams look-a-likes start getting pulled over based on this ruling :-/

NCDT's Viridiana on WSFA12 →

Wondering what happened yesterday in Alabama? Why would 13 undocumented leaders put themselves in danger of deportation? Listen to what Viri has to say here (sorry for not embedding, the code is acting funny).

Update on link for actions in Alabama!! →


This is the link that seems to be working best!

Tune in NOW!!!

Watch Live: Parents Risk Arrest in Alabama →


“Today in Alabama we’ll see undocumented parents and youth come out of the shadows, at the risk of arrest, to push back against anti-immigrant rhetoric.  We’ll be confronting the man himself, Senator Beason, the author of hate bill 56.  At the risk of arrest families will be demanding Senator Beason to stop the hate.”

Starting in 15 minutes!

Alabama brings back slavery for Latinos →


So, here is how it goes. First, the state passes a harsh immigration law. Then, it detains large numbers of immigrants. Third, private prisons (LCS, CCA, GEO) receive fresh inmates. And finally, the artificially created labor shortage is supplied by the new inmates. Does this sound like modern-day slavery to anyone?

The rest of the country can only look in shock and dismay, as once again, Alabama, a state renowned for its historical role in racism, segregation and slavery, leads the nation into another round of shame.

Status Crow

Immigration-Agricultural-Prison-Industrial Complex. Also known as “How America has always worked”… It isn’t “Innovation” that drives/has driven America’s economy- it’s exploitation and oppression. But we don’t want to talk about that, bootstraps! rags to riches! Amerikkkan Dream! yargle bargle!

Seriously y’all, the South is where the fight is raging. It’s not a Dream Act, CIR sort of fight. It’s a fight for human rights. For dignity for ourselves and our communities. </rant>

(via amerikkkanstories-deactivated20)

Alabama Law Makes It A Felony For Undocumented Immigrants To Have Water At Their Homes →



At least one utility company in Alabama posted a sign informing its customers that a section of Alabama’s extreme anti-immigrant law prohibits them from providing water service to undocumented immigrants.

This shit is ludicrous…

School. Housing. Water. Ask yourself- how much does Alabama hate immigrants? what sort of odious fluid pumps through the hearts of politicians who will, with delight, inflict so much suffering on a community? Who could possibly be surprised that Alabama would so boastfully embrace their xenophobia [again]? This is bullshit. The South is on fire y’all and our communities are under attack. This. needs. to. stop.

(via jorgexo)

Lawsuit: Walmart Had Me Arrested, Made Me Lose Job, Had Husband Deported... Over $2.90 Worth Of Chicken Necks →


This is everything wrong with our capitalist system all wrapped up into one horror story:

As a result of being in jail and being accused of being a thief, [the plaintiff] lost her home, her car, all of her personal belongings and her husband was deported. [She] seeks punitive damages for loss of income, loss of personal property, lost profits, lost time and imprisonment, libel and slander, mental anguish, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false arrest, malicious prosecution, slander, negligence and conversion.

The final insult to all of this, according to the lawsuit, is that after the plaintiff had been cleared of theft charges, Walmart refused to refund the $2.90 she had paid for the neck bones.


(via queerdesi)

To the undocumented youth and community of the South: Look around you. Your community is under attack. Your friends & family are under attack. Your education is under attack. Your very being, you, are under attack. And you can no longer afford to wait to be saved; your salvation lies in your hands.

But you do not have to go it alone. Find a group and take action, and if you cannot, contact us and let us help you create one. Having a hard time coping? Contact us and we’ll lend an ear. Stand up and be undocumented, unashamed, unafraid and Southern. That phrase should not be the oxymoron that it is being made out to be.

To the allies, activists and advocates of social justice in the South: It is no longer ‘enough’ to be supportive, for support without concrete action is the same as silence. Ensuring our immigrant communities have just enough, have the bare minimum to survive, puts us in a weak position to stand up and fight back.

- From The Dangers of Waiting: Lessons from Alabama by the awesome La Kemster

This is important. From those of us in the South, this fight is getting bigger and bigger, and the less you pay attention to it, the worse it gets for us all. Don’t think that this is just an Alabama thing. They have been pushing the boundaries of regressive policies, damaging our communities for years. First, it hit South Carolina. Then it escalated in Georgia. North Carolina has been fighting the anti-immigrant tide for years. Alabama has joined in the backwards race to inequality, xenophobia, racism, oppression and exploitation. We are [peacefully] fighting back, will you join us?

Thanks for writing this, Kemi- you are amazing :-)

An Open Letter to the “Papers Please” Alabama Confederacy of Hate


Dear Alabama,
I am a person of few words so I’m going to keep this short.

I love it when bigotry and hatred come out in the open, parading as just laws upheld and sanctioned by our institutions and structures, because then, everyone can see that we don’t live in a “post-racial” society and an America that welcomes immigrants. And then, everyone fighting for racial justice and immigrant rights can hone in on you as a convenient target for structural and institutional oppression.

I have never been to Alabama. I was never going to come down there. It’s not like immigrants really want to live in your confederacy of hatred and racism. But I may change my mind now.

You’ve made it a criminal offense to provide transport or housing to any allegedly undocumented immigrant. I thank you kindly for this move because we are sure to send a large contingent of undocumented youth organizers to your state who shut down the streets and your Capitol with our message of courage and resistance.

And when your racist cops rise their batons to hit our friends and family members, when you call Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain and deport young people of color Americans who were raised in this country and done nothing wrong, the world will be watching. And we will win.

Finally, you are getting sued pretty soon since your new law is unconstitutional, so I hope you have several millions for litigation. But really, it’s the non-legal forces of resistance that you should worry about more.

Thank you for the incredible gift,
A queer brown allegedly “illegal” immigrant

P.S. All the best building your tornado-devastated state without the help of cheap undocumented labor

Originally posted here. Feel free to reblog.

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