POSTCARD FROM ALABAMA: LATINO AND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES UNDER SIEGE

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Giovany Revelle is the Information Director at Centro Sin Fronteras and joined us in the studio for a conversation about his work in Alabama Latino communities on deportations and human rights.

In year which saw a record number of deportations the state of Alabama passed HB 56 which is viewed as the country’s toughest immigration enforcement law. Colorlines blog offers insight into the state of the immigrant community across Alabama. Giovany also responds to the new PBS documentary: Lost in Detention which brings to light the data that proves the failure of the Secure Communities program.

Giovany also mentions the response to President Obama’s recent announcement on a small shift in his policy on Immigration.Co-Founder of Presente.org Roberto Lovato wrote his own response in the Huffington Post:

In response to the unprecedented actions of immigrant rights groups in cities across the country, officials in the Obama Administration announced changes to administrative policies that will give 300,000 people currently in deportation proceedings the right to a hearing before an immigration judge. Nothing more. More than a few of the 300,000 will likely still be ordered deported by judges known by immigration lawyers to consistently deny immigrant pleas for justice.