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October 14, 2011
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Court: Students can't be asked about immigration status

A federal appeals court ruled that some provisions of a controversial immigration law cannot be enforced

By PoliceOne Staff

ATLANTA — Some provisions of a controversial immigration enforcement law in Alabama cannot be enforced, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta blocked the following provisions of HB 56, according to

— Section 10, requiring immigrants to carry an alien registration card;
— Section 28, allowing public school students to be questioned about their immigration status.

The state was not denied enforcement of all provisions, and under the law, police can still stop, detain or arrest upon reasonable suspicion anyone "unlawfully present" in the state.

The U.S. Justice Department with the support of immigration rights groups requested HB 56 be put on hold until larger constitutional questions can be addressed.

The case is U.S. v. Alabama (11-14532).

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