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State Rep. Jeremy Oden addresses 50 farmers during a meeting about Alabama's new law against illegal immigration in Good Hope, Ala., earlier this month. (AP)
State Rep. Jeremy Oden addresses 50 farmers during a meeting about Alabama's new law against illegal immigration in Good Hope, Ala., earlier this month. (AP)

A federal judge struck down parts of Alabama's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law yesterday, but key parts do go into effect. That means starting today it becomes a state crime to be an undocumented immigrant, and law enforcement officers can, in the course of their duties,  detain people they reasonably suspect of being illegal immigrants.

Schools are also required to collect information on the immigration status of students. It also means the state can't do business with undocumented immigrants. Immigration advocates say they will appeal.

Guest:

  • Brian Lawson, court reporter for The Huntsville Times.

This segment aired on September 29, 2011.

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