The Atlanta-based Federal appeals court has delayed two of the controversial measures put into place under what has been called one of the strictest pieces of immigration legislation in the United States.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday temporarily blocked provisions in Alabama immigration legislation, which the State’s legislature passed over the summer, that would require individuals living in the State illegally to obtain an alien registration card and another that required school officials to check the immigration status of students.
The new orders represent a partial victory for those against the immigration law. The court opted to uphold provisions in the law requiring police to attempt to determine immigration status during traffic stops, making it illegal for aliens to enter business transactions — including applying for driver licenses and business licenses — and barring State courts from enforcing contracts involving anyone who is in the State illegally, according to CNN.
The Administration of Barack Obama says 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. The Department of Justice has joined forces with the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Immigration Law Center in lawsuits against the Alabama immigration law.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has said that the legislation would not have been necessary “if the Federal government would have done its job and enforced the laws dealing with this problem.”