A Birmingham federal judge delt a damaging blow to the Obama administration and it’s Department of Justice today, as the federal judge upheld most of the new, tough, Alabama immigration law, which the Obama administration has filed a lawsuit to stop.
What kind of “president” would sue a state for wanting to enforce our nation’s laws, and stop illegal immigrants from entering our country, when Obama and the federal government would do nothing, other than make speeches, attack conservatives, and file lawsuits against anyone wanting to enforce the law. Obama doesn’t care about our nation’s laws.. All Obama cares about are his aspirations of transferring America into a Socialistic nation.
A Birmingham federal judge today upheld most sections of Alabama’s tough new immigration law. U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn ruled on a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit seeking to block the law.
Blackburn upheld a provision of the state law related to police stops and detentions of people suspected of being in the country illegally.
She also upheld sections requiring schools to check the citizenship status of children and sections that would nullify contracts knowingly entered into with unauthorized aliens.
Blackburn also upheld a section making it a felony for “an alien not lawfully present in the United States” to apply for a license plate, driver’s license, business license or other business license.
On other provisions, Blackburn ruled the state:
» Can’t stop an “unauthorized alien” from seeking work as an employee or independent contractor.
» Can’t prosecute those who assist unauthorized aliens. She blocked a large section that would make it against the law to conceal, harbor, transport or encourage an illegal alien to stay in Alabama. This includes portions of the law referring to landlords.
» Can’t stop businesses from deducting the wages they pay to unauthorized aliens from their state taxes.
» Can’t create a new protected class of workers. The new law would have allowed workers who were fired or not hired in favor of unauthorized aliens to sue employers for discrimination.
Most aspects of the law were set to go into effect Sept. 1. But in late August Blackburn issued a temporary injunction. She gave herself until today to rule on the three challenges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, by leaders of Alabama’s Catholic, Episcopal and United Methodist churches, and by a roster of civil rights groups, unions and service organizations.Immigration measures passed in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana and Utah have been blocked by the federal courts. Supporters of the Arizona law are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.
Alabama’s law goes further than the other state measures and seeks to “attack every area of an illegal alien’s life,” according to the measure’s chief sponsor, Alabama Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur.
The far-reaching measure was passed this spring by Alabama’s first Republican-led Legislature in more than 140 years. It includes an array of criminal and civil penalties for illegal immigrants found in Alabama and those who work with or assist them.
Legislators and attorneys for Alabama have argued the federal government has not done enough to enforce immigration law and has essentially forced Alabama to act to protect the state’s economy. Alabama legislators stressed that in passing the law, they were delivering on a campaign promise.
The U.S. Justice Department has argued the law usurps the federal government’s constitutionally defined role in regulating immigration. The lawsuits argue Alabama’s law will lead to racial profiling, unlawful searches and detention and violations of constitutional protections of due process and equal protection.
Blackburn is expected to rule later this afternoon on a separate lawsuit seeking to block the law filed by a group of civil rights groups, unions and individuals.
In a third suit filed by Alabama religious leaders from the Catholic, Episcopal and United Methodist churches, the judge refused to block a ban on contracts. She did block the state from criminalizing the harboring, transporting and encouraging of illegal immigrants, a key concern of religious leaders.
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