Federal Judge Stops Alabama Immigration Act
A federal judge ruled last Monday that Alabama’s new law that targets illegal immigration. It came just two months after another federal judge stopped a similar law in Atlanta. After news came out of the decision in Alabama, people are speculating that Georgia’s House Bill 87 will follow the same fate.
Alabama’s immigration law was scheduled to take effect on Thursday but Chief U. S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn issued an order last Monday to suspend the implementation of the law until September 29.
Judge Blackburn said that she needed more time to study the law to rule on the merits of the legal challenges. She said that she would come out with a decision by September 28. But this didn’t stop people from speculating about Georgia’s law.
People who are against Georgia’s law saw the federal judge’s ruling as something positive for their cause. They say that the law oversteps on the federal government’s authority to regulate immigration. They say there’s a limit as to what a state can do to enforce immigration and it is found within the United States Constitution.
The Justice Department filed a suit earlier this month to halt Alabama’s law. It stated that it preempted federal law. Blackburn heard oral arguments about the case last week. The Justice Department used a similar argument to block some parts of Arizona’s law.