U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn in Birmingham, Ala., issued a two-page order on Monday barring enforcement of the State’s embattled immigration law for at least one month.
According to The Huntsville Times, the judge decided more time was necessary to determine whether parts or all of the provisions in the far-reaching law are Constitutional. Alabama’s Catholic, Episcopal and United Methodist churches have joined an array of civil rights groups to file suit to block the law, which offers a host of criminal and civil penalties for illegal aliens and for any citizens who harbor, transport, rent to, employ or enter contracts with them.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has consistently endorsed the law, which was passed by the Alabama Legislature this spring and has been touted as the “strongest immigration law in the country.”
The Governor, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) all said that given the merits of the case, they were interested in seeing how the judge would rule.
“I look forward to the Judge ruling on the merits. We have long needed a tough law against illegal immigration in this state, and we now have one. I will continue to fight at every turn to defend this law against any and all challenges,” said Bentley in a Monday press release.