Federal Judge Puts Hold On Alabama Immigration Law

Mirroring what Federal Judges in Arizona and Georgia have done, a Federal Judge in Alabama has issued a stay on Alabama’s new immigration law, which may have decried as draconian:

Alabama’s tough new immigration law was temporarily put on hold by a federal judge on Monday.

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 against the measure. Last week, U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn heard motions to block the contentious legislation but did not issue a ruling.

According to the court order, the temporary hold was issued to give Blackburn additional time to address the challenges to the law. The hold will remain in effect until Sept. 29 at the latest, or until the court issues a ruling on the motions to block the law.

According to the temporary order, this move in no way addresses the merits of the motions or offers a reflection on a potential decision.

The order stated that Blackburn will issue detailed comments on the injunction motions no later than Sept. 28.

Multiple lawsuits — filed by the Obama administration, bishops from Alabama’s Catholic, United Methodist and Episcopal churches and civil-rights groups including the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union — were consolidated for the motions seeking a preliminary injunction against the measure.

This is the latest defeat for state-based efforts to supersede Federal immigration laws, which doesn’t bode well for their future.



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  1. waltm says:

    However, it won’t stop them from trying another angle to get around that pesky supremacy clause. As others have already pointed out, the party of less government has become the party of “your papers, please”.

  2. Beth Vincent says:

    The Federal Government should allow states to write and enforce any laws concerning the welfare of their state.
    Illegal immagration is costing this country millions if not billions in welfare, judicial/penal healthcare, esl programs, and more.
    Screw political correctness, if you are here illegally, GET OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I wish Kansas had the backbone to follow AZ, OK, GA, AL, and all the other states that have gotten tough on illegals.