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.
- Huntsville Times: Judge In Alabama Immigration Lawsuits Rejects U.S. Arguments, Rules State Can Enforce Immigration Law
- Montgomery Advertiser: Judge Allows Key Immigration Provisions To Go Into Effect
- Brian Lawson, court reporter for The Huntsville Times.
This segment aired on September 29, 2011.