Obama Administration Sues to Block Alabama Anti-Immigrant Law

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 The Justice Department filed suit Monday to block implementation of Alabama’s new immigration law. The law is modeled on Arizona’s SB 1070, but it also includes provisions aimed at keeping the children of immigrants out of public schools. The Arizona law and a similar law in Georgia have been enjoined by federal courts over the last 10 months.

While current interpretations of the Constitution mandate the invalidation of these three pieces of legislation, they have been useful in generating anti-immigrant outrage in the states where they have been introduced. In addition, supporters of the laws hope that the conservative Supreme Court will overturn more than a century of precedents and find that states can make their own immigration laws.

Image courtesy of Korean Resource Center 민족학교 via Flickr.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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