Legal Buzz August 29, 2011: Federal Judge Blocks Alambama Immigration for 30 Days to Review Whether it’s Consitutional

LEGAL BUZZ

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

LEGAL BUZZ: LAW & COURT NEWS

COURT AND LEGAL NEWS: FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS ALABAMA IMMIGRATION LAW FOR 30 DAYS TO REVIEW WHETHER IT’S CONSITUTIONAL

Federal judge blocks Ala. illegal immigration law: A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Alabama’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration, ruling Monday that she needed more time to decide whether the law opposed by the Obama administration, church leaders and immigrant-rights groups is constitutional.
The brief order by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn means the law — which opponents and supporters alike have called the toughest in the nation — won’t take effect as scheduled on Thursday. The ruling was cheered both by Republican leaders who were pleased the judge didn’t gut the law and by opponents who compare it to old Jim Crow-era statutes against racial integration…. – AP, 8-29-11

Full Text: Alabama Immigration Law 2011

“We must remember that today’s ruling is simply the first round in what promises to be a long judicial fight over Alabama’s right to protect its borders. To put it in sports terms, it is the first half-inning of the first game of a seven-game World Series.” — House Majority Leader Micky Hammon of Decatur

  • Judge puts hold on Alabama immigration law: Alabama’s tough new immigration law on Monday was temporarily put on hold by a federal judge. Alabama’s toughest in the nation crackdown had originally been set to take effect Sept. 1, but had come under fire from several groups that filed lawsuits … – Politico, 8-29-11
  • Judge halts Alabama immigration law, but not on legal merits: A federal judge on Monday blocked Alabama’s tough new immigration law from taking effect this week, citing the need for more time to consider the legal challenges against it…. – Reuters, 8-29-11
  • Judge temporarily blocks tough Alabama immigration law: A federal judge temporarily blocked enforcement of a tough immigration law in Alabama on Monday. Opponents of the measure — including state church leaders, the US Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union … – CNN, 8-29-11
  • Judge Stops Enforcement of Alabama Immigration Law, Doesn’t Rule on Merits: Alabama’s new immigration law giving police the power to verify the immigration status of people stopped for questioning, was blocked by a US judge three days before it’s to take effect…. – Bloomberg, 8-29-11
  • U.S. judge blocks Ala. law targeting illegal immigrants: US District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn, a federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of the Alabama law, scheduled to take effect Thursday, that would crack down on illegal immigration…. – USA Today, 8-29-11
  • Alabama immigration law blocked until Sept. 29 while federal judge weighs case: US District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn has decided to block Alabama’s new immigration law for a month to give herself more time to rule on whether parts or all of the far-reaching law are constitutional…. – The Huntsville Times, 8-29-11
  • Rally at Ala. Capitol opposes immigration law: Just days before Alabama’s new immigration law takes effect, hundreds of people rallied in front of the state Capitol to protest. The law makes it a crime to be an illegal immigrant in Alabama and for those in the US illegally…. – Houston Chronicle, 8-29-11
  • The Nation’s Cruelest Immigration Law: The Alabama Legislature opened its session on March 1 on a note of humility and compassion. In the Senate, a Christian pastor asked God to grant members “wisdom and discernment” to do what is right. “Not what’s right in their own eyes,” he said…. – NYT, 8-29-11
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