Arizona’s U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva kicks off fight against immigration law in Alabama
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Because Birmingham was the birthplace of the civil-rights movement for African-Americans, it is only fitting that a similar movement for immigrants starts here, House Democrats said Monday.
Birmingham has “a historic significance … that changed the very character of this country,” said U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz.
He is in Alabama this week with nine other congressional Democrats to help start a campaign to repeal the state’s immigration law, known as HB 56. Because the law is modeled after Arizona’s SB 1070, Arizona has a lot to teach Alabama, Grijalva said.
Both laws were written by Kris Kobach, now the Kansas secretary of state. Both would let local police check a suspect’s immigration status. Both have been challenged in court by the U.S. Justice Department as an infringement on federal authority, and both have had some provisions blocked by courts.
But while there are similarities, Alabama’s law goes further than Arizona’s in some cases, said Grijalva, citing reports that “children are being asked their (immigration) status in the school.”
Kobach has said that that provision was only meant to gather data on the immigration status of schoolchildren so the state could analyze the cost of educating undocumented children in public schools.
Kris Kobach is a despicable racist.