Court Blocks Two More Parts of Alabama Immigration Law

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ATLANTA – A federal appeals court temporarily blocked two more parts of Alabama's immigration law Thursday. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a section of the law that prohibits courts from enforcing contracts involving undocumented immigrants, and another that makes it a felony for an undocumented immigrant to do business with the state.

The Eleventh Circuit court of appeals has already blocked several provisions of the law, including a provision requiring teachers or principles to determine the immigration status of their students.

Alabama's 2011 immigration law, HB 56, was challenged last year by the federal government and a coalition of activist groups, and the cases have been appealed to the 11th Circuit. The three-judge panel heard arguments in the case last week.

Although it has temporarily blocked certain provisions of the law, the court said it won't decide whether to completely overturn the law until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a federal challenge to a similar law in Arizona. The U.S. Supreme Court is slated to hear arguments in April on Arizona's SB 1070, the first such state immigration law in the country.

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