"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.