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Alabama’s controversial immigration crackdown heads to court

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two months before the Supreme Court hears arguments over Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, another courtroom battle will take center stage, this time over Alabama’s immigration crackdown. On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, based in Atlanta, will hear arguments over whether…

Court blocks key terms of South Carolina immigration law

WASHINGTON — A court on Thursday blocked key provisions of a controversial new immigration law by the southeastern US state of South Carolina, less than two weeks before it was to take effect. Judge Richard Gergel of the South Carolina circuit ruled that some terms of the law locally known…

Supreme Court to decide Arizona immigration law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide whether Arizona’s tough law cracking down on illegal immigrants can take effect, a case arising from the fierce national debate on immigration policy ahead of next year’s presidential election. The high court agreed to review a ruling that put on hold the key…

Alabama arrests another foreign car executive under new immigration law

When the state of Alabama arrested a German director of the Mercedes-Benz factory in Tuscaloosa for failing to carry his driver’s license, it seemed to be a fluke, an amusing but statistically unlikely outcome of that state’s harsh new immigration law. Only now it’s happened again. The Guardian reports that…

DOJ officials investigate Alabama immigration law’s impact on rights

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) – Two Justice Department officials said they returned to Alabama on Monday as “boots on the ground” to sift through some of the more than 1,000 e-mails and calls received on a hotline fielding concerns about the state’s tough new immigration law. “The more we hear, the…

U.S. government sues over Utah immigration law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration Tuesday challenged a new immigration law by Utah, the third such law it has taken on, arguing it is unconstitutional and undercuts federal immigration authority, the Justice Department said. Federal prosecutors said in a complaint filed in Utah that the law, called H.B. 497,…

German Mercedes-Benz manager arrested in Alabama due to immigration law

Alabama’s strict new immigration laws have not only been felt on Hispanics, but also now on a European auto business executive. The Associated Press reports that a German manager with Mercedes-Benz was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for not having a driver’s license with him in the state’s crackdown on non-U.S.…

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