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Alabama's New Immigration Law Mostly Struck Down By the Courts

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HB87, the Alabama answer to Arizona's SB1070, has been dealt a major blow by the less than liberal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. From NCLR:

the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta struck down major portions of the
anti-immigrant laws passed in Alabama and Georgia, including a provision
requiring Alabama public school officials to determine the immigration status
of enrolling students.  In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on
Arizona's SB 1070, a federal court once again rejected these states' attempts
to take federal law into their own hands. 

"In a
common-sense decision, the 11th Circuit Court put a stop to perhaps the single
most egregious provision yet in this slew of anti-immigrant laws, bringing an
end to the chaos and fear that students in Alabama have endured since this law
was passed," said Janet Murguía, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of
La Raza).  "The Court's ruling makes clear that children should not be put
in the crosshairs of a political debate."

The court
also blocked the Alabama provisions that would have invalidated contracts with
undocumented immigrants and criminalized the failure to carry immigration
documents.  In both Alabama and Georgia, the court determined that states
could not criminalize the transporting or harboring of certain immigrants.
 As with the Supreme Court, the federal court in Atlanta explicitly left
the door open to future challenges to the racial profiling provisions known as
"show me your papers" or "papers, please." 

the 'papers, please' provision was allowed to go forward," said Murguía.
 "As we have stated repeatedly, it is a false solution that many states
have already rejected and whose only effect will be negative and harmful. 
But there is no doubt in our mind that this provision will also eventually be

Following the lead of the US Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit left the police stops provision in place until the law is actually implemented. At that point, potential plaintiffs can sue if it is implemented in an unconstitutional manner.

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