Federal judge Upholds Parts of Alabama's Worst-in-the-Country Immigration Law
Devastating news from Alabama today in the lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice.
Federal District Court Judge Sharon Blackburn ruled that several sections of Alabama's worst-in-the-nation immigration law, including the provision that mandates schools to check on the status of children, can take effect. Several other parts of the law have been blocked. Again, this ruling is based on the DOJ suit. We're still waiting for the Judge's ruling in the lawsuit brought by a coalition of civil rights groups.
U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn blocked some other parts of the law, which both supporters and critics say is the nation's toughest clampdown on illegal immigration by a state.
Blackburn said in her ruling issued Wednesday that federal law doesn't prohibit the state from requiring schools to check the immigration status of students or from requiring police to determine the status of suspected illegal immigrants.
She upheld the Obama administration's objections to other sections of the law, including making it a crime for an illegal immigrant to solicit work or for anyone to transport or harbor an illegal immigrant.
More from the Associated Press on the sections that Blackburn continued to block:
She temporarily blocked four parts of the law until she can issue a final ruling. Those measures would:
— Make it a crime for an illegal immigrant to solicit work.
— Make it a crime to transport or harbor an illegal immigrant.
— Allow discrimination lawsuits against companies that dismiss legal workers while hiring illegal immigrants.
— Forbid businesses from taking tax deductions for wages paid to workers who are in the country illegally.
The opinion can be viewed here. We will have more later.