The Southern Poverty Law Center, which fought hate groups for 20 years by suing them for damages, is trying to fight violence directed at immigrants, says USA Today. The center is suing two members of the Imperial Klans of America who are serving prison terms for beating a 16-year-old U.S. citizen of Panamanian Indian descent at a Kentucky fair.
The suit, filed in February in Meade County, Ky., is the first by the center aimed at a rise in violence against immigrants, says center founder Morris Dees. “The biggest thing fueling hate groups is Latino migration into this country, (people) who are perceived as harming America,” he said. In the 1980s and 1990s, the center sued Ku Klux Klan groups that targeted African-Americans. It won multimillion-dollar judgments, which forced some groups into bankruptcy.