"The long and winding road of various challenges to the Alabama Taxpayer
and Citizen Protection Act, ("H.B. 56"), has begun, and on September 28,
2011, federal Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn issued rulings on the
several suits before her, where she determined that she would enjoin
some of the act's many provisions, and would let others proceed to
trial. All of these were early, preliminary, and procedural skirmishes,
so there are no winners and losers yet; even some of her more troubling
and publicized rulings, such as her decision not to enjoin Section 28,
which, if allowed, would require schools to determine the immigration
status of certain schoolchildren, was predominantly an analysis of the
plaintiffs' standing, not the merits. There are so many moving parts to
the suits and to her findings that a comprehensive analysis would likely
dwarf the long and detailed rulings."
Prof. Michael A. Olivas, Oct. 13, 2011.