Federal Judges Block Parts of GA, IN Immigration Laws

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ATLANTA -- A federal court on Monday temporarily blocked parts of HB 87, Georgia's immigration law, which is set to go into effect July 1.  Judge Thomas Thrash suspended the provisions that would allow police to inquire about detainees’ immigration status and that would criminalize the transportation or housing of undocumented immigrants. The law’s other provisions, including requiring employers to register their workers with the E-Verify program, will go into effect on Friday. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has said he will appeal the court’s decision.

On Friday, a federal judge temporarily blocked parts of an Indiana immigration law signed in May and scheduled to go into effect July 1. U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker's decision temporarily blocks a provision of the Indiana state law that allows state and local police to arrest anyone ordered deported by an immigration court. The Indiana law was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the National Immigration Law Center.

Georgia and Indiana's immigration laws are modeled after SB 1070, the law approved last year in Arizona. A federal judge blocked key parts of Arizona's law before it went into effect.

Alabama and South Carolina also passed immigration laws in June that could face similar legal challenges.