Court of Appeals Holds Off HB-56 Ruling

By  | March 1, 2012 | Filed under: News

Court Of Appeals - Atlanta

ATLANTA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for The 11th District in Atlanta differed it’s ruling on Alabama’s strict anti-illegal immigration law today. The decision not to act on Alabama’s BeasonHammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act was based on the pending Supreme Court’s ruling on a similar law in Arizona. Another anti-illegal immigration law in Georgia, also had its ruling deferred.

The three-judge panel made the announcement before the start of the much-anticipated hearing. Last December, the Attorney Generals of both Alabama and Georgia filed motions to halt Court proceedings until The Supreme Court had acted. At the time of the motion, the appeals court denied the motion. The courthouse in downtown Atlanta was the scene of dozens of news agencies, lawyers, affected parties, and curious onlookers before the session opened. After the announcement, which was not anticipated, the crowd dispersed relatively quickly.

Alabama Attorney General Strange

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange issued a statement saying he expects the law to be found constitutional, and it is designed to work in cooperation with federal policies.

“Congress has a policy against illegal immigration,” he said. “Alabama’s law is consistent with what Congress wanted. It is ironic that in this case, the Obama administration is hoping to stop the operation of Alabama’s law and to undermine the purposes of Congress.”

Civil rights groups, which on Thursday argued before the judges that the laws are unconstitutional, highlighted that Thursday’s decision still means that parts of both laws are blocked until a higher ruling is made.

Until the appeals court issues a decision, the lower courts’ rulings in both cases will remain in effect.

Marita Etcubanez, director of programs at the Asian American Justice Center was quoted by CNN, “Alabama and Georgia are home to burgeoning Asian American communities and we are deeply concerned that HB 56 and HB 87 will only cause more fear and isolation among these communities.”[subscribe2]

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