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US appellate court issues injunction against AL immigration law

News Leader 9 has learned that parts of the Alabama immigration law has been blocked by a federal appeals court.

An injunction was issued Friday from the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

Recently, the US Justice Department along with immigrant rights groups asked that the legislation known as HB 56 be put on hold until questions concerning its constitutionality are addressed. That process could take months.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration says the Constitution does not permit states to stave off illegal immigration.

Alabama's law, passed by legislature this summer, allows officials to check the immigration status of public school students and to detain suspected illegal aliens without bond.

It also makes it a crime for illegal residents to not have the proper documentation, or conduct business with the state.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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The following is a statement from Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on the immigration law ruling:

 "Today's decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is simply one more step in what we knew would be a lengthy legal process.  As I have said on many occasions, if the federal government had done its job by enforcing its own immigration laws, we wouldn't be here today.  Unfortunately, by failing to do its job, the federal government has left the problem of dealing with illegal immigration to the states. Alabama needed a tough law against illegal immigration.  We now have one.   I will continue to fight to see this law upheld."


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