Oct. 14, 2011, the 11th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals suspended parts of the Alabama Immigration Law. The action is in response to a filing by the Obama Administration on Oct. 7 to the Justice Department’s request to strike the law down.
The ruling was that Alabama can’t prosecute illegal immigrants for not carrying documentation to prove their status, and restrained the state from requiring schools to check the immigration status of school children.
In the original lawsuit filed against Alabama’s tough new immigration law, U. S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn upheld the major parts of the Alabama Immigration bill. http://knotmove.com/immigration-in-denver/alabama-wins-on-immigration-law-decision
Since that ruling the press has published various reports indicating that Latino children are avoiding school. Education officials said scores of children have been withdrawn or kept at home to avoid any potential problems. Education and law enforcement officials are urging parents to return their children advising they face no risk. Time magazine reported nearly 2300 of the state’s 34,000 Latino students vanished from school.
On Oct. 23, the Denver Post headlined ‘Parents report bullying in immigrations law’s wake.’ Racial incidents in school and at sports events are being reported even by children who are U. S. citizens or legal residents.
The Alabama Department of Education indicates they have not received complaints related to the new law. The Justice Department has established a ‘hotline’ to report incidents.
The Birmingham News reported that Attorney General Luther Strange disagrees with the decision and said in a prepared statement, ‘We respectfully disagree with the Court of Appeals ruling temporarily enjoining additional sections of the act, but are pleased that the court has allowed the state to proceed enforcing some of the act’s central provisions.’
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley remains committed and will continue to defend the law in court. In a statement issued Oct. 14, 2011 he stated, ‘Today’s decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is simply one more step in what we knew would be a lengthy legal process. As I have said on many occasions, if the federal government had done its job by enforcing its own immigration laws, we wouldn’t be here today. Unfortunately, by failing to do its job, the federal government has left the problem of dealing with illegal immigration to the states. Alabama needed a tough law against illegal immigration. We now have one. I will continue to fight to see this law upheld.’