Groups sue to block Ala. illegal immigration law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Civil rights groups have sued in federal court to block Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration, which supporters and opponents call the strictest measure of its kind in the nation.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Huntsville, says the law is of "unprecedented reach" and goes beyond laws passed in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Federal judges already have blocked all or parts of the laws in those states.
Alabama's law, which takes effect Sept. 1, allows police to arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant if the person is stopped for some other reason. It also requires businesses to check the legal status of new workers and requires schools to report the immigration status of students.
The lawsuit asks a judge to declare the law unconstitutional.

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  • by dewey whatley Location: Panama city beach on Jul 11, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    what a joke
  • by Wayne Location: Panama City on Jul 10, 2011 at 10:44 PM
    Illegals come to this country with the attitude that laws con't apply to them. That's the first part of 'illegal' If they have problems, or commit crimes, all they need to do is cross back over the border and come back elsewhere. The phrase UNDOCUMENTED Alien makes it very difficult to prosecute or track them. Illegals receive all sorts of assistance, from food, housing, legal, cell phones, medicaid and have never paid in. We are the only country in the world that encourages illegals by our policies of supporting them once they come in the country. In other countries you are very fortunate if you are only deported. Laws tend to work only for those who care about them- And illegals don't care. One political party chooses to support illegals for votes, not humanitarian reasons.
  • by AL Location: FL on Jul 9, 2011 at 03:13 PM
    Why do these people think it is ok for illegal immigrants to be here, take jobs from legal US citizens, use our resources many of which the illegals will never pay for/into, most dont pay income taxes because they are payed off the books because they are here illegally, then they send what ever they can back to their home country, again not paying taxes on the money. But apparently there are groups of people who dont mind this activity, and think these people who are in this country illegally should have the same rights and benefits as legal US citizens. Let these groups of people who are fighting these laws try to illegally move to one of these countries where the illegals are from, and see how they are treated by the law enforcement of that country. I guarantee they will get a new understanding of just how nice our law enforcement agencies are being to these illegal immigrants.
  • by Reader Location: Dothan on Jul 9, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    The ones that want the illegals here should pay for the schooling, food stamps and all other expenses they create. Plus they drive with no license and no insurance..
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