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  • A Federal District Court upheld Alabama’s immigration law that requires law enforcement officials to attempt to verify a person’s immigration status during traffic stops or arrests if they “reasonably suspect” the person is in the country illegally.  As a result of the ruling, some immigrant families have removed their children from Alabama schools to avoid attention from law enforcement.  Other families have moved out of the state altogether, some just a few hours after the court ruling, leaving behind their homes and belongings.
  • A Colorado farmer faced a labor shortage after hiring fewer immigrant workers through the federal H-2A program this year.  With high unemployment rates, the farmer assumed local workers would take on agricultural jobs paying $10.50 per hour, but soon discovered that local workers were unwilling to engage in the physically demanding work.  Farmworker shortages, believed to be connected with recent immigration legislation, have also occurred in Georgia, costing the state an estimated $75 million.
  • Absent from the 29th annual Border Governors Conference were three out of four governors of U.S. states that share a border with Mexico. Governors Rick Perry (TX), Jan Brewer (AZ), and Jerry Brown (CA), all missed the conference, making Governor Susana Martinez (NM) the only U.S. governor in attendance.
  • In New York City, the Bloomberg Administration announced its support for a bill that would hinder federal agencies from deporting inmates about to be released from Rikers Island Correctional Facility.
  • A fatal automobile accident involving an undocumented immigrant driving drunk has focused political attention on Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for not taking part in programs aimed to deport criminals.
  • Illegal re-entry” into the U.S. has become a high priority for the Obama administration, and many deported immigrants continue to cross the border in an effort to reunite with their families that live in the U.S.

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