Federal judge halts Alabama immigration law
though state officials said it wouldn’t deny them the chance to attend school, which is protected under a previous Supreme Court case.
The Alabama law was challenged by a group of pro-immigration organizations and the American Civil Liber ties Union; a coalition of religious denominations; and the Justice Department.
Last year, the Obama administration repeatedly clashed with Arizona, which pioneered state immigration enforcement laws. Officials from the president on down blasted Arizona’s law, arguing it would lead to racial profiling, though some, including Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., acknowledged they hadn’t read the law before they first attacked it.
When it finally filed its suit the Justice Department confined its case to arguing the federal government has exclusive jurisdiction over immigration law, and that any effort by states could spoil carefully balanced federal efforts.
First a district court and later a federal appeals court ruled in favor of the Obama administration.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer earlier in August asked the Supreme Court to take the case.
“For too long the federal government has turned a blind eye as this problem has manifested itself in the form of drop houses in our neighborhoods and crime in our communities,” Mrs. Brewer said. “If the federal government won’t enforce its immigration laws, we will.”
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley