It’s not a complete repeal, but two of the most contentious parts of the Alabama Immigration Law have been blocked. Thank goodness.
The two parts of the law, which allowed officials to check the legal status of school children and stated that illegal aliens carry “alien registration card” were blocked, according to The Huffington Post and AL.com. However, police still have the right to detain citizens they think are illegal aliens.
The lawsuit against the law was brought about by the Justice Department last week, stating that the law could lead to racial profiling and went against the federal immigration law. The lawsuit by the Justice Department was an appeal; a federal judge originally allowed the law to go into effect in September.
I’m glad that at least part of the law has been blocked, but all of it needs to be either blocked or reworked to make a better, more democratic law. As it stands, the law not only discriminates against anyone who doesn’t look “legal” (if we’re speaking politically correct), but also sets Alabama back many years. As a resident of the state, I have seen how the state has begun to repair its image, even if only minutely in the scope of American history. This law makes Alabama seem like its still in the Jim Crow days, and the governor and higher elected officials should realize this. Basically, they are misrepresenting most of the people who reside in Alabama and the south in general.
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