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Alabama Illegal Immigrant Law Leads to Class Action Suit

November 28th, 2011 Comments off

In a follow-up to a story from Nov. 25, 2011, TheWetumpkaHerald in Elnore, Alabama, reports a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama’s illegal immigration enforcement act has been filed, naming Elnore County’s Probate Judge Jimmy Stubbs and Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee as defendants. Two illegal immigrants, named John Doe 1 and John Doe 2, allege they were forced to break state law requiring them to register their manufactured home when their application was denied because they could not provide proof of citizenship. The revenue commission handles the registration and taxes on manufactured housing, but the probate court issues the decals that are attached to the homes. Appearing at an evidentiary hearing in the U.S. District Court of Judge Myron Thompson, Stubbs said, “All we’ve tried to do is comply with the law, and I think we have complied with it.” Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Southern Poverty Law Center, and other rights and housing groups, the civil suit alleges the defendants violated the Fair Housing Act, the Supremacy Clause, which gives the U.S. Government sole jurisdiction over immigration matters, and due process guaranteed by the constitution. Since it was brought as a class action suit, other plaintiffs could be added to the complaint.The part (of the law) that we have to comply with is still in place,” Stubbs said, “and we’re going to comply with it until the court says otherwise.”

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Courson to Head NAHB’s Workforce Development

November 10th, 2011 Comments off

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) announces the appointment of John Courson to head the Home Builders Institute (HBI), the non-profit workforce development division of NAHB. His focus at HBI will be in job placement, mentoring, training, and developing new revenue streams. Says Donald Pratt, chairman of HBI’s Board of Trustees,“His solid understanding of non-profit associations, entrepreneurial spirit, expertise in strategic planning, and passion for the housing industry will be incredible assets for HBI. John’s skills will help to further HBI’s 40-plus year mission to prepare youth and adults for careers in the residential construction industry.” Courson has a long history of serving in mortgage banking leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, including chairman of the California Housing Finance Agency (CHFA). He has also participated in international housing initiatives led by the U.S. government.

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