Fed­eral judge halts Alabama im­mi­gra­tion law

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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.”

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bent­ley

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