Alabama Lawsuit Highlights Growth of Open-Border Groups

By Jon Feere and Jon Feere on August 15, 2011

The open-border crowd is very well-funded and constantly growing, as noted in my blog post about a recent anti-Secure Communities effort pushed by over 200 pro-amnesty groups. A new lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice against the State of Alabama over its "Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act" (HB 56) has been joined by a number of supportive amicus briefs – some from foreign countries, some from activist groups – and those that have signed on are listed below. While it's only the tip of the iceberg, the list is yet another good example of what the states are up against when making an effort to discourage illegal immigration.

Groups making the case for common-sense immigration policies, like the Center for Immigration Studies, are very small in number. Despite the Center's prominent role in the policy debate, we are a true non-profit and not swimming in cash like the NILC, the ACLU, or the Southern Poverty Law Center, each of which is helping sue Alabama. (If you're interested, donations to CIS are tax-deductible.)

It should be remembered that the Obama administration’s lawsuit was preceded by a lawsuit filed by the following groups: the Southern Poverty Law Center; the ACLU Foundation, the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, the National Immigration Law Center, with plaintiffs from the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama, AIDS Action Coalition, Huntsville International Help Center, Interpreters and Translators Association of Alabama, Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, the SEIU, Southern Regional Joint Board of Workers United, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Food and Commercial Working Union Local 1657,, and Greater Birmingham Ministries, along with a number of individual plaintiffs.

How many of these groups are using taxpayer dollars to perpetuate illegal immigration is a worthwhile investigation; for example, Maryland taxpayers might be interested to know that CASA de Maryland is using taxpayer dollars to promote a lawsuit against Alabama. Below is a list of some of the entities supporting the Obama administration's lawsuit against Alabama.

Foreign Countries

Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
El Salvador

Activist/Legal Groups

Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Alabama Council on Human Relations
Alabama Education Association
Alabama New South Coalition
Alabama NOW
Alabama State Conference of the NAACP
Alianza Latina en contra de la Agresion Sexual (ALAS)
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Friends Service Committee
Anti-Defamation League
Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Arte Sana
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
ASISTA Immigration Assistance
Birmingham Peace Project
Break the Chain Campaign
California Women's Law Center
Casa de Esperanza (Minnesota)
Casa de Maryland, Inc.
Central Alabama Fair Housing Center
Central American Resource Center
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)
Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc.
Counsel of Mexican Federations in North America
Dominican American National Roundtable
Equality Alabama
Fair Housing Center of North Alabama
Family Values @ Work Consortium
Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
Hispanic College Fund
Hispanic Federation
Immigration Equality
Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA)
Kentucky Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
Legal Momentum
Montgomery Improvement Association
Multicultural Education, Training & Advocacy, Inc.
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
National Association of Social Workers and the Alabama Chapter of NASW
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of La Raza
National Dominican American Council
National Education Association
National Employment Law Project
National Fair Housing Alliance
National Guestworker Alliance
National Immigration Law Project of the National Lawyers Guild
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
National Lawyers Guild
National Women's Law Center
Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence
New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc.
New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice
9 to 5, National Association of Working Women
Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund
Society of American Law Teachers
South Alabama Center for Fair Housing
South Asian Americans Leading Together
Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
University of Cincinnati College of Law Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic
Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
Victim Rights Law Center
Voces de La Frontera
Washington Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE)
West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Topics: Alabama