Court Rules That Ala. Can't Check Students' Immigration Status
Educators in Alabama's public schools cannot ask newly enrolling students about their immigration status after a federal appeals court in Atlanta ruled last week that the requirement in the state's hotly contested immigration law is unconstitutional. State officials have announced no plans to appeal the ruling.
The school-related provision was one among several sections in Alabama's immigration law, known as h.b. 56, that a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit unanimously blocked in a pair of decisions on the statute that was challenged by the Obama administration and an Alabama civil rights group. The court also issued a similar ruling on Georgia's immigration law.
Considered to be the nation's toughest law targeting undocumented immigrants, Alabama's statute was the only one to include a provision that required educators to check on students' citizenship status and keep records on the numbers...
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