Court blocks part of Alabama immigration law

"Today, the federal district court in Montgomery temporarily blocked a section of Alabama anti-immigrant law HB 56 that threatens to push families who cannot prove lawful status out of their homes. A civil rights coalition filed a lawsuit challenging this application of Section 30, which demands ‘papers’ for everyone applying for mobile home tags they need to remain in their homes.  'We are extremely pleased that this court has blocked this ill-conceived provision of this law,' said Mary Bauer, legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. 'This case really shows the truly terrible ways that HB56 is playing out in the real world.  There’s little doubt that this law was intended to drive Latinos out of the state, and that its effects have been to devastate the Latino community in Alabama.' " - SPLC, Nov. 23, 2011.

"In a 10-page opinion that fol­lowed a five-hour hearing earlier in the day, Judge Myr­on Thompson found that the section was pre-empted by fed­eral immigration law and that state officials currently had no definitive process to validate status." - Montgomery Advertiser, Nov. 23, 2011.