Federal Appeals Court Blocks Parts of Alabama Immigration Law
A federal appeals court issued an injunction blocking enforcement of parts of a controversial immigration enforcement law in Alabama. The 16-page order gives both sides partial victories, allowing some parts of the law to go into effect while others are temporarily blocked.
Among the provisions temporarily blocked from being enforced are:
— One requiring state officials to check the immigration status of students in public schools;
— One making “willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration card” a misdemeanor for immigrants;
But the state will be allowed to enforce these contested sections:
— One requiring that police during “lawful” stops or arrests “attempt to determine the immigration status of a person who they suspect is an unauthorized alien of this country.” That provision is similar to other laws aiming to crack down on illegal immigration passed by other state legislatures over the past year.
— One barring state courts from enforcing contracts involving undocumented immigrants, if the hiring party had a “direct or constructive” knowledge that the person was in the country unlawfully.
— One making it a felony for illegal immigrants to enter into a “business transaction” in Alabama, including applying for a driver’s license or a business license.
The appeals court also announced it would hear oral arguments on the constitutional questions on an expedited basis, as early as December.
The case is U.S. v. Alabama (11-14532).