DOJ Receives 1,000+ Complaints About Alabama’s Anti-Immigration Law

So far, the Justice Department has received more than 1,000 emails and calls on its hotline where people can report concerns about Alabama’s harmful immigration law. U.S. Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez and Assistant Attorney General Tony West were in Alabama on Monday to sift through the complaints and to meet with Alabamians about the law. “The more we hear, the more concerned we are about the impact of Alabama’s immigration law on a wide range of federal rights,” said Perez, who leads DOJ’s civil rights division. His department is investigating civil rights complaints about HB 56 separately from the ongoing legal challenge against the extreme law. Perez said he continues to be concerned about students dropping out or not showing up for school, racial profiling, and employers not paying their immigrant employees.