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Parts of Alabama Immigration Law Blocked

October 18, 2011
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A federal court temporarily blocked two parts of the new Alabama immigration law.

The first ruling said schools could not check the immigration status of children enrolling for the first time.  The second ruling said the state could not make it a crime for illegal immigrants not to carry registration documents.

Most of the rest of the law can take effect. The federal government and several pro-immigrant advocacy groups are challenging the law.

The court let stand a provision ordering the police to determine the immigration status of someone arrested or pulled over in a traffic stop if there is “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the country illegally.

The court also did not block a provision making most contracts with illegal immigrants unenforceable. It also allowed a section making it a felony for an illegal immigrant to conduct a “business transaction,” like renewing a driver’s license, with any governmental body in the state.

The Alabama law is considered the most anti-immigration law in the nation.

The New York Times


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