A federal judge temporarily halted Alabama's anti-immigrant law - a measure so harsh that it makes Arizona's notorious law and its prejudice against Hispanics look mild by comparison.
A few hours after Wednesday's press conference to protest the Friday deportation of Florencio Avila Cachu, word was received the case will be reviewed.
Concern is rising rapidly among immigrant communities and civil liberties advocates as law enforcement agencies step up sharing of personal information.
Last week the Obama administration announced it would suspend deportation proceeding against thousands of undocumented immigrants that pose no serious threat to national security or public safety.
Several groups recently joined an amicus brief supporting a lawsuit challenging Alabama's anti-immigrant law, HB-56.
In Chicago, a rare victory was celebrated by immigrant rights supporters when a Polish woman was finally reunited with her family after the U.S. deported her four years ago.
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to stop Alabama's new anti-immigrant law, which officials argue conflicts with federal immigration policy.
Even though officers in tinted-glass SUVs surrounded the Hope of Detroit Academy elementary school, playground and adjacent church, ICE's investigation found no wrongdoing.
In a packed auditorium at the Benito Juarez high school, hundreds of elected officials, students, community leaders and immigrant rights supporters watched as Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Illinois DREAM Act into law.
"It will take all of us to change things in corporate America," APALA President Luisa Blue said.