Judge denies motion to block Alabama immigration law
October 5th, 2011
07:53 PM ET
10 years ago

Judge denies motion to block Alabama immigration law

(CNN) - A federal district judge in Alabama Wednesday denied an emergency request aimed at blocking parts of the state's new immigration law during an appeal process.

The motion was filed by a coalition of civil rights groups and the U.S. Department of Justice. The coalition argued that plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit would be "irreparably harmed" by the law, known as HB 56.


Filed under: Alabama • Immigration • Justice Department
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  1. duckbutter

    its about time...

    October 5, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    “The first person arrested under Alabama's strict new immigration law, is actually residing in the United States legally”
    State will face lot of lawsuits first arrest went wrong

    October 5, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. Sonnie2

    Just maybe our laws will mean something when it come to illegal imigration. It is about time a Judge gets the right thing done. So many Judges legislate from the bench and they are not suposed to do that. They are to define and up hold the law of the land. God Bless America

    October 5, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    About time.

    October 5, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  5. Donkey Party

    Lemme guess, it was blocked by a right-wing judge, yes?

    October 5, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  6. Brittanicus


    Pay Farm labor a decent living wage, with health care and education for their family, instead of dumping the illegal labor costs on the taxpayer. Then you will find people desperate for a job, any job will come forward to work the fields. Farmers and giant agricultural consortium’s have been underpaying illegal labor forever and along with all the special subsidies, the same as most business owners. It has been proofed that it only cost a few more cents to the consumer, for vegetable and fruit if labor for the agrarian community pay fair wages for the work done. My grandfather picked apples in Washington State as did other family members. To make ends meet after World War Two, my distant relatives in the English countryside, picked strawberries for the local farmers. Make it a national policy to implement the E-Verify bill (H.R. 2885), identifiable as the “Legal Workforce Act”. Contact your own local Senator or Representative and insist as a voter to your federal politician at 202-224-3121.

    This is just not about the farmers; it’s about meat packing plants, factories and manufacturing. Of course they don’t want to employ regular Americans-legal residents. It’s about any company owner—big or small—who wants to pay as little as possible, with no restrictions on as little they want to pay, for a person’s labor. They have violated this ‘Rule of Law’ because there have been no restrictions on prohibitions to stop them, until Lamar Smith’s H.R. 2885. Special interest groups and the radical open border activists, are currently trying to kill the federal ‘Secure Communities’ initiative. Any individual that is apprehended by the police will have their fingerprints forwarded to ICE, Homeland Security and the FBI for processing. Police data-bases can quickly assess who has been previously arrested, whether he/she is an illegal alien or not.

    Learn the facts about illegal alien costs, statistics and business corruption at NumbersUSA, Judicial Watch and American Patrol. Make every Business, Company and workplace be committed to E-Verify or face harsh consequences. No business owner, no matter who he is, should think he is above the law. That also is a constant with political figures who own grape plantations in the bread basket of central California. This is not just for Farmers and agriculture but for every business owner, so that we can put every American worker in a job and stop catering to other counties impoverished. Go further and re-enact the "Bracero Project" of 1942 with rules and regulations, arranged so migrants from across the Southern border have easier access to specific jobs. The “Bracero Program” established why the plan proved immeasurably accepted among so many migrants, for whom seasonal labor in the US presented grand opportunities, despite some of the poor conditions they often were confronted with in the fields and camps.

    Even under some poor situations they saved money, could buy consumer good, tools or an older vehicle, and returned home with new outlooks and a greater sense of self-respect.
    In places as Mexico counselors studied these positive aspects of the economic and cultural effects of bracer project. If they are retained for employment the government must oversee they are treated correctly. They have to be issued a field workers visa that terminates at the end of harvesting and a mandatory return to their own country. Only through an employment office at entry ports can these people be hired and not through third parties or recruited by less than honest business enterprises. If they remain free of any major problems while employed in the U.S., they can renew their visas. As in Mexico—every person is tracked; all the farm and agricultural workers must be tracked, so they cannot decide to drop the job they are allocated to and disappear in the American job market. The "Bracero program" seemed to work very well, until it was dismantled in 1964. Through unfettered fraud millions of illegal aliens and their families have arrived here, after the 1986 Immigration Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)

    Eventually there was an increasing apprehension among businesses owners that the provisions within the guide lines of the program ensured the amplification of costs for the imported labor. This fair program mandated an assured level of wages, housing, food and Health care for the workers (to be paid for by the employers) that kept the standard of living above what many from across the border. Farmers and their associated Agrarian colleagues realized they could elevate their profits, by enjoying the extremely hard work in the fields, by hiring illegal aliens who are now exploited. Agriculture didn’t want to pay for the health care or schooling for their children and other benefits, as in the orderly federal “Bracero program.” They prefer the Taxpayers carry the weight of costs for the labor that they hire. Farmers already receive huge subsidies from the U.S. Government. Simple fact the farmers and all the growers of produce got greedy, for even larger profits.

    A new fair migrant worker program will never, ever be possible under the entrenched GOP establishment and many in the Democratic ranks. Illegal Immigration will never end under the elitists Republicans or Democrats who really run the House and Senate. Americans can join forces and stop the overcrowded classroom full of the children of illegal parents. Stop the suffocation in the emergency rooms from foreign nationals crowding the waiting areas. Unable to locate a job; the only reasonable answer is to ‘Self Deport’ and will no longer steal jobs, approved by businesses that hire them. A very large majority of people that come here and fall into a financial backwash owing to the original sponsor, not able to support his immediate or her immediate family members. This becomes a burden to U.S. taxpayers who end up with the yoke of supporting these people through—CHAIN MIGRATION.

    Many politicians have their own revenues in the illegal alien labor market. Only the TEA PARTY will stop the pollution that emanates from Washington and the Congress.

    October 5, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. oscar

    Congratulations Alabama!! Time to act. Hope New jersey does the same... hospitals and schools over crowded with anchor babies, salaries depressed and the list goes on....

    October 5, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  8. GuyinVA

    If the ACLU is "committed to following all legal avenues..." how about their clients following the legal avenues for immigration into the U.S.

    October 5, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    GREAT NEWS!! It is about time the immigration laws in this country are enforced. THAT is the magnet that draws people here. They know once they get here its free everything and nobody will send them back.

    October 5, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |