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Alabama Immigration Law Ruling

October 14, 2011 by staff 

Alabama Immigration Law RulingAlabama Immigration Law Ruling, A federal appeals court on Friday issued a ruling that temporarily blocks parts of an Alabama law requiring schools to verify the immigration status of students, but let stand a provision that allows police to detain immigrants who are suspected living illegally in the country.

The U.S. 11 Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order after the Justice Department to challenge what is considered the toughest immigration law in the nation. The ruling also blocked a portion of the law that criminalizes immigrants do not have proper documentation.

The final decision on the law was not made for months to allow time for more arguments.

Since a federal judge upheld much of the law in late September, many Hispanics have been expelled from frightened Alabama, for fear of being arrested or targeted by the police. Construction workers, gardeners and farm workers have stopped going to work, and a large number of Hispanic students have been absent from public schools.

To address the shortage of labor, Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan at a time when farmers should be encouraged to consider hiring interns in the work release program in the state.

It is unclear exactly how many Hispanics have fled the state. Earlier this week, many skipped work to protest against the law, shuttering or reducing operations at plants chicken, Mexican restaurants and other businesses.

Immigration has become a hot topic in Alabama during the last decade as the Hispanic population has grown by 145% to about 185,600 people, most of them of Mexican origin. The Hispanic population represents 4% of the 4.7 million from the state, but some counties in northern Alabama have large Spanish-speaking communities and schools where most students are Hispanic.

In addition to the Obama administration, a coalition of advocacy groups also filed a separate appeal of the law, claiming that Alabama has been “chaos”.

Alabama law was considered by opponents and supporters to be more stringent than similar laws enacted in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Federal judges in the states have blocked all or part of such measures.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer earlier this year asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the legal dispute over the laws of their immigration status lasts.

The Department of Justice has called the law of Alabama a “radical new state regime” and urged the appeals court that prohibits states from creating a patchwork of immigration policies. The agency also said the law could strain diplomatic relations with Latin American countries, who have warned the law could affect millions of workers, tourists and students in the U.S.

The law, he said, it becomes illegal immigrants in a “unique that can not legally obtain housing, enforce a contract, or send their children to school without fear that the entry will be used as a tool to try to detain and expel them and their family members. ”

“Other states and their citizens are poorly served by the policy of Alabama, trying to drive foreigners from Alabama instead of achieving cooperation with the federal government to solve a national problem,” the lawyers have said in court documents.

Republicans have long been trying to curb illegal immigration and approved the bill earlier this year after taking control of the Legislature, for the first time since Reconstruction. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed the measure, saying it was crucial to protect the jobs of legal residents in the midst of difficult economic situation and high unemployment.

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