ATLANTA, Ga. (WHNT) – A federal appeals court dealt a blow to supporters of the Alabama immigration law on Tuesday.
The State of Alabama had asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the full court to review a ruling earlier this year by a three-judge panel which had struck down several provisions of Alabama’s immigration law in the case brought by various groups and individuals. Tuesday, the court rejected that request.
Federal judges have blocked some of Alabama’s tough immigration law, but not all of it. For example, local and state police in Alabama can check a person’s immigration status during a traffic stop. And, businesses can be required to check the immigration status of employees.
No word yet if the State will continue to appeal the ruling. The next step for the State would be to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal.
WHNT News 19 checked with Governor Bentley’s office – he did not have a comment on Tuesday’s development.