Anti-immigrant laws in schools

The ACLU published a report on racial profiling from a Latino family in Alabama, not long after the state passed the harshest anti-immigrant legislation in the United States in the summer of 2011.

It’s the story of Birmingham, Alabama resident Cenio Gonzalez and his 6-year-old daughter.

One day, in front of the entire 1st grade class, Cineo’s daughter and another Latino student were handed documents explaining HB56, the anti-immigrant legislation, in Spanish. No other student in the class received the documents.

From the ACLU report:
The next day, when Gonzalez asked a school official why his daughter was given the paper, she explained they were giving it to “all children who aren’t from here.”

Gonzalez is a Lawful Permanent Resident and his daughter is a U.S. citizen.

According to the ACLU, this kind of racial profiling is rampant throughout the Alabama school system and has only been made worse by extremely discriminatory legislation that preys on immigrants and an ill-informed public.

Is this the kind of country we want to live it?

Do we want this to happen in North Carolina?

[Photo courtesy of the ACLU]


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