News Update - March 10, 2012
11th Circuit Court of Appeals Blocks 2 more Provisions of Alabama Law HB 56
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a block on two more provisions of Alabama’s restrictive immigration law, HB 56. These provisions prohibited courts from enforcing contracts with illegal immigrants as well as illegal immigrants from doing business with the state. This comes after the court stated last week that it would hold off on issuing any further rulings until the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, which it is expected to do in the summer.
Back on October 14, 2011, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order enjoining the State of Alabama from enforcing two other parts of the restrictive Alabama immigration law. Those provisions required schools to inquire into the immigration status of their students and law enforcement to charge undocumented aliens with misdemeanors who willfully failed to carry their immigration papers.
Still remaining are provisions allowing police to detain and arrest undocumented immigrants that they have reasonable suspicion are in the country illegally and that those they arrest without valid driver's licenses suffer mandatory detention until prosecution or handing over to U.S.I.C.E.