A Federal judge ruled that Alabama law enforcement officers can check the immigration status of individuals who they suspect are in the country illegally, The Washington Times reported.
U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn ruled that Alabama is not explicitly prohibited by Federal law from enacting the provisions of its own immigration law. This means that law enforcement officials are able to check registration papers for immigrants and the State can enact its own penalties for violators.
"Local officials have some inherent authority to assist in the enforcement of Federal immigration law, so long as the local official ‘cooperates’ with the Federal government," Blackburn said in her ruling.
The ruling is expected to be appealed by the President Barack Obama Administration, and leading liberal groups in the country are likely to challenge the law, CBS News reported.
While liberal leaders denounced the verdict, Zan Green and other Tea Party activists noted that the this could bring about the end of illegals receiving benefits from the pockets of Alabama citizens.