Unfinished Business

Civil Rights News: Consequences of Ala. Immigration Law; Rising Income Inequality; Ford Creates U.S. Jobs

New Immigration Ruling Causes Hispanics to Flee Alabama Town
Campbell Robertson, New York Times

The new Alabama Court ruling “upheld the parts of the law allowing state and local police to ask for immigration papers during routine traffic stops, rendering most contracts with illegal immigrants unenforceable and requiring schools to ascertain the immigration status of children at registration time.” And while supporters of the bill have proclaimed it as some of the “strongest immigration law” in the country many are worried that the loss of immigrant workers will weaken the economy.

Income Inequality Hurtful to Economic Growth
Josh Harkisnson, MotherJones

A newly published study suggests that the economic recovery is being partially stalled by rising income inequality within the United States. Economist Andrew Berg, who co-authored the study, says that “countries where income was more equally distributed tended to have longer growth spells.”

Agreement Between Ford and the United Automobile Workers Union Leads to Job Creation
Nick Bunkley, New York Times
Ford agreed to a new four-year labor contract with the United Automobile Workers union that would add 12,000 jobs and invest $6.2 billion in its U.S. auto plants. The deal states that a vast amount of jobs from Japan, Mexico, and China would be brought back to the United States, allowing for increased investment from Ford into the U.S auto industry.

Compiled by Deborah D’Orazi, a Fall 2011 intern