Aug 25, 2011

Immigration Politics: Alabama judge casts doubt on harsh new illegal immigration law "A federal court judge in Alabama Wednesday raised questions about whether a recent state law restricting illegal immigration has constitutional merit." ... US District Judge Sharon Blackburn said in court Wednesday that she believed “there are a lot of problems” with the statute, but that she would only hear arguments that framed the debate by its legality, opposed to its supposed moral or political merits.

Judge Blackburn acknowledged that the language in the bill as written is unclear on details regarding the process of demanding documentation at police stops and whether state schools have the right to demand the birth certificates of parents. She suggested Alabama lawmakers should have taken longer to define exactly how some procedures would happen under the law.

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