Federal Judge Blocks Alabama's Tough New Immigration Law
(The New American) -- by R. Cort Kirkwood --
A federal district judge has blocked Alabama’s tough new immigration law from going into effect and says she will decide whether it is constitutional.
Sharon Lovelace Blackburn, chief judge for the Northern District of Alabama (a post for which she was nominated by the elder President Bush), acted on behalf of a coalition of Hispanic activists and leftist lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Obama administration, and various leftist churches.
The Montgomery Advertiser reported that Blackburn's ruling will last in until September 29 "or until she issues an order on the specific injunction requests, whichever comes first. That order would come no later than Sept. 28."
The law was scheduled to go into effect on September 1.
In the stroke of a pen, Blackburn overturned months of work of the Alabama legislature and Governor Robert Bentley, who are trying to get control of the state's burgeoning population of illegal aliens. More importantly, note critics, she overruled the people who put those legislators and the Governor in office...
Most importantly, Blackburn acted at the behest of the Obama administration, which is waging a similar war against Arizona. Its law, passed last year, also invited an attack from the reconquista lobby and its legal arm, the ACLU and the widely-discredited leftist SPLC.
The Left and its legal team are upset because Alabama has finally said it has had enough illegal immigration, which costs the state some $298 million annually, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). As many as 160,000 illegals live in Alabama, the Pew Hispanic Center reported in February. The center's low estimate is about 75,000...
Observers note that the question is what good the bill will do, given that the Obama administration has repeatedly declared the failed federal DREAM Act law and has officially stopped deporting all but the most dangerous illegals...MORE...LINK