A Supreme Court decision both striking down parts of Arizona’s illegal immigration law and upholding a key provision clears the way for a ruling on a similar law in Alabama.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says the decision Monday means the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals can now decide whether Alabama’s law is constitutional.
The Supreme Court ruled that parts of Arizona’s law are unconstitutional, but it says police there can check the immigration status of people they encounter. Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard says that section is the real teeth of the law in Alabama and other states.
But the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center calls the ruling a major blow to state crackdowns on illegal immigration. The law center is among the groups fighting Alabama’s law.
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