Federal Judge Blocks Two More Provisions of Alabama's "Juan Crow" Immigration Law

Some news out of Alabama, via The Huntsville Times:

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has stayed the parts of Alabama's immigration law that require proof of lawful residency in the U.S. and track immigration information about newly enrolled students.

The court did not block provisions dealing with immigration status checks during traffic stops, contracts with illegal immigrants or government business transactions.

The court said the ruling does not bind the 11th Circuit panel that will hear the main arguments concerning the merits of the appeal.

The court did not discuss the sections it did not block.

On the sections it did block, the court said the plaintiffs had met the four tests for an injunction, including: substantial likelihood they will prevail on the merits of the appeal; a substantial risk of irreparable injury to the parties unless the injunction is granted; no substantial harm to other interested persons; no harm to the public interest.

The specific provisions blocked were one that requires school officials to verify the immigration status of children and their parents; and another which makes it a crime not to register with the federal government and carry one’s “papers” at all times.

Here's a statement by the coalition of civil rights groups that challenged the law:

“We are pleased that the court blocked these damaging elements of the law. But portions of the law that remain in place will continue to exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Alabama. In just two weeks that the law has been in effect, families have been fleeing the state, children have been pulled out of schools, and businesses have been put in jeopardy. This law sadly revisits Alabama’s painful racial past and tramples the rights of all its residents.”




AlterNet / By Staff

Posted at October 14, 2011, 9:13am

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