Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit temporarily blocked two controversial provisions of Alabama’s extreme immigration law, HB 56. A federal appeals court enjoined the provision requiring public school to determine the immigration status of enrolling students and the status of their parents as well as the provision that made it a criminal misdemeanor for an unauthorized immigrant to fail to carry immigration documentation. The provision that requires law enforcement officers to determine the immigration status of those stopped, detained, or arrested whom they reasonably suspect is in the country illegally—along with other provisions—remains in effect. Meanwhile, according to the New York Times, the 11th Circuit court has expedited the appeals process and is scheduled to hear arguments within the next two months.
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