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"The New York City Bar Association has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Eleventh Circuit in support of reversing the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer
and Citizen Protection Act, Ala. Laws Act 2011-535, commonly known as H.B. 56. “For the purposes of the arguments advanced by this brief, H.B.
56 is identical to the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act
(‘S.B. 1070’) recently enacted in Arizona, and preliminarily enjoined by the
federal courts there,” states the brief prepared by the City Bar’s Committee on
Immigration & Nationality Law. Like Arizona’s S.B. 1070, Alabama’s H.B. 56 places
an affirmative duty upon a state officer in certain situations to verify a
suspected offender’s immigration status with the federal government. According
to the amicus brief, this amounts to an “end run around the prohibition against
individual states engaging in civil immigration enforcement without the
direction of and in conflict with the prerogatives of the federal government.”
Provisions in H.B. 56 would, in effect, “force state officers, acting in their
official duty, to foist an uninvited wave of unlawfully present aliens onto the
federal government, and thereby attempt to force a change in federal
enforcement priorities in response to the resultant influx,” states the
brief. H.B. 56 also interferes with the constitutional authority of the
federal government to conduct the nation’s foreign policy, according to the
brief. The brief may be read here: http://bit.ly/tw7n9q About the Association - The New
York City Bar Association (www.nycbar.org),
since its founding in 1870, has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical
standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law and providing service
to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for
political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help
the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the
Association’s highest priorities." - NYCBA, Nov. 22, 2011.