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DOJ Establishes Alabama Civil Rights Unit in Wake of Illegal Immigration Crackdown

Published: Aug 23, 2012 11:00 am By: Fox News Latino

"The Justice Department will establish its first civil rights unit in the southern state of Alabama, the agency said Tuesday -- a development that comes in the wake of the state's crackdown on illegal immigration, which raised concerns about Alabama's compliance with federal laws.

While the unit wasn't formed as a direct result of Alabama's immigration law — parts of which have been blocked by federal courts — officials said it would examine issues related to immigrants and also matters involving fair housing laws, police brutality claims, compliance with federal disability laws and minority protection."

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