Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Alabama’s Immigration Law

Today, the federal judge hearing the case against Alabama’s harsh anti-immigrant law HB 56 issued a temporary order preventing the law from going into effect on September 1, 2011. The judge made no ruling on the merits of the pending motions but rather temporary blocked it to buy herself more time to consider the numerous challenges filed by groups including the U.S. Department of Justice, America Civil Liberties Union, National Immigration Law Center and Southern Poverty Law Center. The order says the injunction will “remain in effect until September 29, 2011 or until the court enters its’ rulings, whichever comes first.”

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