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Feds Say They Have 'Express Authority' to Investigate Alabama Public Schools Over Immigration
FoxNews.com ^ | November 05, 2011 | unattributed

Posted on 11/05/2011 1:15:56 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department on Friday told Alabama's attorney general that it has the "express authority" to investigate potential federal civil rights violations in Alabama's public schools authorized by the state's controversial new immigration law.

Assistant US Attorney General Thomas Perez informed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange of the federal government's powers two days after Strange requested that the Justice Department cite what legal authority it had to collect enrollment data on Hispanic students in his state's public schools.

"The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is tasked with investigating potential violations of civil rights laws that protect educational opportunities for schoolchildren," Perez wrote in a letter. "We know that the longstanding legal tradition in this country of ensuring the right to attend school without being subject to discrimination on any impermissible ground is as critically important to you, as the Attorney General of the State of Alabama, as it is to the Civil Rights Division."

The Justice Department initially requested the enrollment information at Alabama public schools Monday after receiving complaints that the state's immigration law may violate federal anti-discrimination statutes related to education.

But Luther advised the state's school superintendent to decline to handover the data because of the ongoing...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: aliens; bloodoftyrants; democrats; doj; dojisajoke; ericholder; heartless; illegalimmigration; liberalfascism; lping; statesrights; tyranny; waronliberty
Holder's thugs on the march...
1 posted on 11/05/2011 1:15:58 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

“Nuts”.

One word reply to Holder’s attack dog.

Stay strong, Alabama.


2 posted on 11/05/2011 1:19:52 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom.)
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To: Hunton Peck

They are investigating if the pandering to illegals denigrates the quality of citizen’s education and violates their civil rights?


3 posted on 11/05/2011 1:23:37 PM PDT by bigheadfred (wogga wogga)
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To: Hunton Peck

Of course they have the “express’ authority to do it, but they are not doing it, and have not been doing it.

Thats sorta the problem.

So AL also has the ‘express’ authority to make sure the laws are not broken, in ways that costs them billions.


4 posted on 11/05/2011 1:25:53 PM PDT by Mr. K (The enemy of my enemy is my candidate.)
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To: bigheadfred

bigheadfred: “They are investigating if the pandering to illegals denigrates the quality of citizen’s education and violates their civil rights?”

ROFL! Nice one, and you didn’t even need a sarcasm tag!


5 posted on 11/05/2011 1:27:44 PM PDT by CitizenUSA (What's special about bad? Bad is easy. Anyone can do bad. Aspire to be good!)
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To: Hunton Peck

Alabama, start issuing arrest warrants for every known illegal in the state.


6 posted on 11/05/2011 1:28:26 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Hunton Peck

Roll Tide Roll
Tell Obama and the Feds to stick it where the sunshine don’t hit it!


7 posted on 11/05/2011 1:34:06 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: Hunton Peck
In this letter the Obama DoJ has clearly stated that, in their opinion, there is no difference between a citizen, a legal immigrant and an illegal immigrant.

I wonder if this opinion will remain valid in 13 months, i.e. after the 2012 elections,?

8 posted on 11/05/2011 1:38:38 PM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: Hunton Peck

Northern flags in South winds flutter”


9 posted on 11/05/2011 1:41:31 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Hunton Peck
Privatize the schools.
Get them out from under the Government's thumb.
They've primarily become warehouses of indoctrination to create generations of people dependent on Government's 'good will' - i.e., their intent is to turn us all into slaves of Washington D.C.
10 posted on 11/05/2011 1:48:53 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Hunton Peck

Perez's minions — sans black uniforms and man-sized flashlights (this is an "American" Gestapo, after all) — have "raided" Sheriff Arpaio's office, falsely charging his operation with "discrimination."

They can't prove that — especially since another federal agency — the Immigration Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) had previously conducted its own probe of Sheriff Arpaio's office and found his officers "to be professional and meeting the requirement of the MOA" (Memorandum of Understanding). That included discrimination and racial profiling issues in dealing with illegal immigrants. That report from Byron York, who smoked out the ICE finding for the Washington Examiner.

HERE

11 posted on 11/05/2011 1:51:44 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Hunton Peck

Holder’s thugs vs. the Alabama Militia. Doesn’t even seem fair.

Roll Tide!!


12 posted on 11/05/2011 2:03:45 PM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Hunton Peck
The Justice Department on Friday told Alabama's attorney general that it has the "express authority" to investigate potential federal civil rights violations in Alabama's public schools authorized by the state's controversial new immigration law.

So, does that mean that the "Justice" Department needs to investigate any and all enforcement activity by ICE, because it could also lead to exactly the same supposed federal civil rights violations?

(Yes, I know, don't give those idiots any more ideas.)

13 posted on 11/05/2011 2:07:32 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Zeppo

Good point, though. Any government action has the potential to be applied in discriminatory fashion, so their purported justification for this thuggery is infinitely inflatable.


14 posted on 11/05/2011 2:21:10 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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15 posted on 11/05/2011 2:26:34 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: Hunton Peck
Would love to see the fraud illegal alien show up in Alabama_or anywhere they actually enforce the law, in violation of both federal and state law, to try to enforce his personal, illegal wishes and get arrested. Oath of office requires enforcement of the law. You refuse to enforce the law, you get charged, arrested, tried and convicted!
16 posted on 11/05/2011 2:40:15 PM PDT by Missouri gal
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To: Hunton Peck
The Feral Gubbmint won't do it's job and protect Americans from invasion but it sees it's job as protecting the invaders from Americans.

If we can't vote these scumbags out next November we need to take a serious look at surrendering America to them or taking it back by force.

17 posted on 11/05/2011 2:52:16 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: exit82

Which means they have no authority but what they invent.


18 posted on 11/05/2011 2:52:55 PM PDT by dools0007world
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To: Hunton Peck

INDICT HOLDER NOW!!! That pig needs to be in jail!


19 posted on 11/05/2011 3:07:36 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Stop Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: All; Hunton Peck
Unless the feds intend to actually enforce immigration law and investigate each child themselves, enrollment data gets them nothing but a mailing list of folks to trawl for (real or) imagined complaints.

Given this regime's biases, ideology and allies, it won't be the first item.

20 posted on 11/05/2011 4:09:03 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Republicans will find a way to reelect Obama.)
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To: Hunton Peck
The consummate reply as posted by mdittmar
21 posted on 11/05/2011 10:07:09 PM PDT by bksanders
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To: Hunton Peck

NOTHING in the US Constitution gives the Fed.gov exclusive jurisdiction over immigration! The Fed.gov is given authority to set uniform rules for NATURALIZATION, but that is quite different from saying the States can’t regulate foreign immigration into their own dominions.


22 posted on 11/07/2011 1:17:35 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: 2harddrive

Gee, what was that War of Northern Aggression about? Oh, right, STATES RIGHTS! We in Bama ain’t afraid of the Chicago gangland thugs. We are all armed.


23 posted on 11/07/2011 4:04:59 PM PST by RetiredArmy (As the End Times draws near, remember the Bible WARNED of these times. Be ready!)
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To: Nip

{I wonder if this opinion will remain valid in 13 months, i.e. after the 2012 elections,?}
Afraid so. Remember GW promised to build a fence, then had Hutchinson defund it after the election.


24 posted on 11/07/2011 4:15:05 PM PST by itsahoot (There was a bloodless coup in 08, and no one seemed to notice. God help us.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Roll Tide....


25 posted on 11/07/2011 6:14:02 PM PST by bluecat6 ( "A non-denial denial. They doubt our heritage, but they don't say the story is not accurate.")
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To: Hunton Peck

The feds have no business or jurisdiction to do anything regarding schools in any state. There is NOTHING in the Constitution that gives the feds any power over education. Perhaps Alabama could take this to the SC and get the Dept of Education abolished as unconstitutional?

It would be a good start.


26 posted on 11/09/2011 6:55:04 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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To: Hunton Peck

Abolish the Public School’s, replace it with a voucher system tied to an Individuals Social Security number and Valid Tax Return. No ticky no laundry, problem solved.


27 posted on 11/10/2011 5:03:25 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: Hunton Peck

I’m no lawyer but from my understanding they have no reason to investigate anything if no complaint has been made. Not only that, they also have no say in education as the Constitution doesn’t give that power to the feds. So Alabama needs to tell Holder to pound sand.


28 posted on 11/12/2011 7:57:41 PM PST by rfreedom4u (Forced diversity causes dissent!)
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