Alabama Tells Courts to Reconsider Allowing Immigration Status Checks in Schools

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The state of Alabama is fighting to collect immigration information on new students as well as to keep a measure making it illegal to harbor undocumented immigrants.

The state of Alabama – which passed the toughest state-level immigration law in the country -- has asked the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider parts of two opinions that in August struck down some provisions of the measure.

The appeals court said in August that the student provision of the law, known as HB 56, wrongly singled out children who are in the country illegally.

Alabama was one of several states that passed immigration laws in the last two years on the contention that the federal government has been derelict in its responsibility to control the borders and enforce laws that punish – and by extension would cut down on – illegal immigration.

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