PARTS OF IMMIGRATION LAW TO BE CHALLENGED IN COURT TODAY
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Alabama's new immigration law will be challenged for the first time in a Birmingham federal court today by the U.S. Justice Department, a group of Alabama church leaders, interest groups and individual plaintiffs.
The plaintiffs are asking U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn to block the law's implementation, which is scheduled for Sept. 1.
Other immigration laws have been passed in Arizona, Georgia, Indiana and Utah, but none are as far reaching as Alabama's.
These states have all had parts of their laws blocked by federal judges.
A federal judge in Georgia ruled June 27 against requiring police to check the immigration status of suspects who cannot produce identification. The provision that makes it a crime to harbor or transport an undocumented immigrant was also blocked.
But in all cases, the federal judges have upheld mandating E-Verify, the provision that will affect employers the most.
Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan will be in Birmingham today and is expected to testify about how the law will negatively affect farmers.
The Alabama Farmers Federation supports immigration reform, but maintains the newly passed immigration law does not provide an adequate method of obtaining legal workers, as farmers across the state are already struggling to find workers to harvest their crops.
The Farmers Federation is following the law's progress closely. Visit www.alfafarmers.org for updates that relate specifically to farmers.