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Appeals Court Draws Boundaries on Alabama’s Immigration Law

Published: Aug 22, 2012 7:00 am By: CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and JULIA PRESTON

"On Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued three decisions that assessed Alabama’s law as well as a similar law in Georgia.

The findings did not dramatically change the reality on the ground, for the most part continuing to block provisions already on hold, and even allowing two sections currently blocked to go into effect. But the findings were the first broad determinations by an appeals court since the Supreme Court’s decision in June on an immigration enforcement law in Arizona. And while the judges applied the Supreme Court’s ruling, they also went considerably beyond it, blocking statutes in Alabama and Georgia that the highest court had not directly considered.

On the Alabama law, the appeals court struck down many of the measures that had gone furthest in making the everyday lives of illegal immigrants so difficult."

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