October 14th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Court blocks part of Alabama immigration enforcement law

A federal appeals court has blocked enforcement of parts of a controversial immigration enforcement law in Alabama.

The injunction issued Friday from the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta came after the U.S. Justice Department - supported by a coalition of immigrant rights groups - requested the legislation, known as HB 56, be put on hold until the larger constitutional questions can be addressed, a process that could take some months at least.

The Obama administration argues the Constitution does not permit states to deter illegal immigration, saying an issue with foreign policy implications is the exclusive mandate of the federal government.

Alabama's law, passed by the legislature this summer, would allow state and local officials to check the immigration status of public school students; to detain suspected illegal aliens without bond; and make it a crime for immigrants who lack proper documents to conduct business with the state for things like driver's licenses.

Among selected provisions blocked from being enforced are:

- Section 10, requiring immigrants to carry an alien registration card;
- Section 28, allowing public school students to be questioned about their immigration status.

Among selected provisions Alabama will be allowed to enforce are:

- Section 30, blocking undocumented immigrants from entering into a "business transaction";
- Section 12, allowing local law enforcement to stop, detain or arrest upon reasonable suspicion anyone "unlawfully present" in the state

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  1. Rosa Parks


    October 14, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JACK

    Border states I would think the Feds are correct. Interior states with no borders shared with foreign countries, STATES RIGHTS should rule. OBAMA just wants more votes, tell him and his cronies to shove it.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat2u.

    Is this country for or against illegal immigrants. Everyone keeps griping about the problem, but when someone steps up to do something about it they get slapped in the face and told it's not legal. Make up your mind people.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Micheel

    Its not about illegal immigrants; which EVERYONE is fine with as long as they can get a McD hamburger for a buck since that tomato was picked by underpaid immigrants......its about hate toward a group of people with a different culture who do not see the need to sync with mainstream America since most will return to their countries of origin.
    if you listen to the people who push these bills in the different states they sound like the KKK and are mostly white, older men and women who also opposed African-Americans and women's rights.
    Don't sell yourselves and only listen to the hate which makes sense to you on the spur of the moment. Think about it; take a look at some of the economic challenges for farmers and then take a long hard look at the cost of groceries in your local market.....who is picking all that? Who is sewing that shirt you bought at Walmart for $7 bucks that 10 years ago would have cost you $25?
    Do something revolutionary....educate yourself. Think. Your future might just thank you.

    October 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZOO

      Why don't you just stick to clearing up those pimples, getting yourself off crack, and finding a job. Living on a discussion thread is counter-productive.

      October 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micheel

      hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahah Oh Zoo; you are funny.....

      October 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sophia

      Micheel, you sound like the Minister of Propaganda for the National Council of La Raza. Joseph Goebbels would be proud of you.

      October 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micheel

      Well thank you, how very kind for such a personal assessment.
      Though in our world it is called the 'educated'.
      Which is why we don't have to call each names in order to make up for a lack of an ability to comprehend anything beyond Walmart and our night out at McD's.

      October 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ZOO

    Today, tomorrow, or next week, several states need to pass Arizona/Alabama-style enforcement laws. A show of solidarity must be demonstrated immediately and send a message to the Obama cartel that they, or no administration to follow will be allowed to use criminal invaders as political pawns. Either the states unite to delouse the country of Mexico's exports, or we give up, drop our pants, and bend over. What's it going to be?

    October 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micheel

      Hmmm and what office do you hold in the KKK?
      The great thing about posting things like this is it just enforces the notion to the rest of America and the world its about hate.
      Enjoy your McD's dude.

      October 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sophia

      Micheel, how Goebbelsesque of you.

      October 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. na

    i agree with micheel its not about the illegal immigrants its just hate towards mexicans...or mexican looking peoplle

    October 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kat

    One thing I noticed about the three famlies on the news this morning was that only one spoke English. Why do these people from Mexico insist that we learn their language. I find this offensive. I would like to understand their reasoning for this. Some of these people have been in the USA for over ten years!

    October 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micheel

      They don't need English to spend 14 hours picking the food from the ground...
      Yes people need to learn English to function in this country, and seriously, that is part of the reasoning for it. Many people do learn Englsh, but the same lack of education and training which allows them to be utilized as brute labor is unreasonable to expect they then suddenly stand up and say hey, my future here is a good one if I learn English. People forget the majority do not have the education and training to even understand they need education...
      it is a failing in the system for them, and for us, but WE do have the education to understand it is what separates us. WE do. And once you know something you can't unknow it. So the question then becomes, are you personally willing to help them? Are you going to be a part of the solution or a part of the problem?

      October 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roberto

      On the subject of illegal immigration, you either support the law or you support the lawbreakers. If you support the lawbreakers, then you're part of the problem.

      October 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micheel

      My heritage is German BTW. If any of you bother to read anything beyond a few pages, I can send you the horrific papers Hitler had made for my family so our bloodline would remain pure.
      Funny.....how close the words you so easily type on a screen match his.....

      October 14, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    On the USD it says "In God we Trust" Well if god made this world for everyone why have borders and a thing called VISA and stop people from coming and going. 200 years ago there was no visa. And in 200 years there will not be either. Make a World SS#, Europeans have it why can't AMERICA GET WITH THE PROGRAM???? If America ever dies out, and Mexico is the new USA! Then watch all you guys trying to jump out there also. GIVE Kids USC, and let it go! IF u don't want illegals then go pay $5 for an apple cause an american had to do the job. Let it go people.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Meleah

    MICHEEL FOR PRESIDENT!!! It's so nice to see people knowledgeable about this issue speaking up. Thanks Micheel. America needs more people like you. 🙂

    October 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roberto

      Micheel should run for President of Mexico.

      October 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Justie

    It's going to take a while to get rid of all the illegal aliens in this country but it will be done. About 80% of Americans want them gone now that they've found out how many we have and what it's costing us. More and more states are passing laws against illegal immigration. Sorry, Micheel, but getting rid of the costs of illegals will more than pay the few more cents a pound of tomatoes will cost. If the illegal aliens want to live in this country, they will have to leave and get in line. The US brings in one million new immigrants, legally, every year – more than any other country in the world. That doesn't sound racist to me.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meleah

      Well, at least you're polite in your responses. Albeit completely wrong. Have you read the 2010 census? That would be a good place for you to start. Then look at NAFTA's affect on Mexico's rural farmers. But, the one you might like the best is the film "The Harvest". Enjoy your salad.

      October 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      Hell yes....get rid of all those dirty Mexicans. And with them all the labor intensive crops and the American farmers as well. So we import all of our food. And with no one working the slaughter houses, I guess we import all of our meat too. And that's the easy part. Who is gonna cut your grass....trim your trees? HA...who? You?

      October 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZOO

      Portland must be really struggling with only a 7% Hispanic population (78% white). Gee, life is really hard knowing that ONLY illegal aliens cut grass, trim trees, a kill cows when you can only muster a lousy two or three percent. What border states need to do is sponsor bus loads of illegals to travel to Portland; we can spare 100 or 200 thousand and will never miss them. However, if we send Portland this gift, they must promise never to legalize them, cause that would put the city right back at square one.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kat

    Well said Justie. Health care alone is staggering. I spent a lot of time in a hospital when my daughter was ill. I saw the amount of people that came there. I have known many legal immigrants. Why should some be given free status when there are those that work for it. That is what is not right.

    October 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jj

    i love how people throw that racist card out there. complete nonsense. you do know the definition of illegal right or do you people just pick and choose what laws to abide by?

    October 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael Goniotakis

    Mexico has serious issues, its why people try so hard to jump the border anyway to come here. If we weren't in such bad shape ourselves as a nation, it wouldn't be so bad. This country has issues too! We have an obligation FIRST and FOREMOST to the AMERICAN people! We have to make sure our own house is in order before we can help someone else. Too many people want to make this a racial issue, those people can jump off a cliff! We need an Administration that honors what it says its going to do, and not just talk a bunch of JIVE. Talk without action is a waste of good oxygen. Do what's right for the American people, not what will fill your pockets or get you a better approval rating! Do that and America will love you for it and you will get what you want anyway. What we need is another 'Reagan' someone who cares about this country and puts the AMERICAN PEOPLE FIRST.

    October 14, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland Tony

      President Reagan signed the Simpson-Mazzoli act in 1986...giving amnesty to some 1.3 million illegals...plus consideration for some skilled farm workers to legally be in the US. Although it wasn't all cake and ice cream for every one, it was a smart move at the time.

      October 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeckle

    Micheel, Mexican isn't a race. It's an ethnicity.
    Latino isn't a race. It's an ethnicity.
    German isn't a race. It's an ethnicity.
    Illegal is illegal.
    Although I am sympathetic to the plight of Mexico, and the reason some desire getting to America any way they can, it's time to call it what it really is: ILLEGAL!!!!!!
    And all illegal aliens are not Mexican, but all illegal aliens are ILLEGAL!
    What part of ILLEGAL don't you comprehend?
    Build a wall. Ship them out.
    Oh, and btw, legalize pot.

    October 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micheel

      Catch that did you?
      WHAT? You mean by your own definitions a race of people could be more than one ethnicity?? Really.
      SOOOOOOO when these bills pass and a person of dark skin and black hair is carted off to jail and deported because they ran to the grocery store and forgot their id; its not unAmerican?
      Thats what no one seems to get; its about the PAPERS and undue burden placed on legal citizens to prove citizenship. The rest...its just showing your true inner-racist. 🙂
      Enjoy your life.

      October 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeckle

    Think of it this way.
    You come into my neighborhood, somebody hires you because their cheap sob's. You proceed to pitch a tent in MY yard, and then walk up to my door and demand that I feed you, educate you, clothe you, get you medical care, and to top it off, you pop a squat on my lawn and squirt out a kid, which you want me to pay for. THEN your kid is called a member of my household because you had your kid on my lawn! When I complain that I can't afford this, you get p!ssed and call me a bigot. YOU CAME HERE ILLEGALLY!!!

    I know this is a simplistic explanation, but I really don't care what ethnicity pitched a tent on my front lawn, but if you're illegal, I shouldn't be under any obligation to take care of you. And neither should my country.

    October 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micheel

      Point taken. So when they leave will they get all those taxes going into the system back?
      Of course not. We'll keep those, thank you very much.
      AW the irony eh?
      Hows the burrito from Taco Bell? Enjoy that for a $1 did you?

      October 17, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
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