No Immediate Decision on Alabama Immigration Law, says Federal Appeals Court
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that it would not immediately decide whether to block enforcement of Alabama’s new immigration law, considered one of the nation’s toughest, according to the Associated Press.
The order came after the federal government asked the court to block the law. The appeals court ordered both Alabama and the government to file motions on the case next week and said it won’t hold oral arguments until at least November 29.
In the meantime, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said he intends to continue enforcing the contentious law, which allows authorities to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally and lets officials check the immigration status of students in public schools.
Those measures took effect last week after a federal judge upheld them, and they help make the Alabama law stricter than similar laws passed in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Federal judges in those states have blocked all or parts of those measures.
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