Today, the U.S. Justice Department has asked the Federal Appeals Court to block Alabama from enforcing its immigration law.
The H.B. 56 law is considered the toughest and most invasive immigration law of its kind in the nation. The new law now requires public schools to inquire as to the immigration status of a child – which has caused many Hispanic students to “vanish” from the system. The law also allows police officers to stop someone and ask their immigration status IF they suspect someone is in the country illegally and hold them without bond. The inquiry does not have to happen when someone is stopped on suspicion of committing a crime.
The appeal was filed at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta on grounds that the new law “is highly likely to expose persons lawfully in the U.S., including school children, to new difficulties in routine dealings.”
Interestingly the first arrest under Alabama’s new harsh anti-illegal immigration law has been made, but many are saying Alabama officials have egg on their face after it was discovered that the man arrested is a legal resident of the United States.