Thursday, March 8, 2012

Eleventh Circuit defers ruling on Alabama, Georgia immigration laws

JURIST reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit last Thursday heard arguments in a challenge to illegal immigration legislation recently passed in Alabama and Georgia.  The three-judge panel chose to defer its ruling until after the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a pending challenge to the controversial Arizona immigration law. The American Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of other civil and immigrant rights organizations claim that the Alabama and Georgia laws "endanger public safety and invite racial profiling" and "interfere with federal law that controls immigration law enforcement."

After nearly five hours of oral arguments the court opted to wait until the Supreme Court provides direction when it rules on the Arizona immigration legislation. Until the court issues a decision, the lower court rulings in the Alabama and Georgia cases will remain in effect. Oral argument before the Supreme Court for Arizona v. United States is scheduled for April 25.

For NPR's report on the arguments, click here.


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