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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…

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…

U.S. government sues over South Carolina immigration law

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration Monday challenged a new immigration law by South Carolina, the third such law it has taken on, arguing it is unconstitutional and interferes with federal immigration authority, the Justice Department said. “The Constitution and federal law do not permit the development of a patchwork…

Georgia blames immigration law for farm losses

ATLANTA, Georgia — Leaders of Georgia’s vital farming industry blamed Wednesday a draconian new immigration law for labor shortages estimated to have cost the southern US state at least $75 million. A study by the University of Georgia’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development found Tuesday that peak harvest employment…

Judge blocks tough Alabama immigration law

MIAMI — A judge blocked a new immigration law in the southern US state of Alabama Monday after the measure, attacked as draconian and intrusive, was challenged by President Barack Obama’s administration. “US District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn has decided to block Alabama’s new immigration law, temporarily until September 29,…

Arizona sues US government over illegal immigrants

PHOENIX, Arizona – Arizona is counter-suing the US government, charging that Washington has failed to protect it from an invasion of illegal immigrants and related violent crime, its governor has said. The lawsuit, which seeks federal compensation, is in response to a federal lawsuit filed by President Barack Obama’s administration…

Obama: Arizona immigration law has ‘discriminatory’ potential

Mexico president fires up immigration row during US visit In a press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderón Wednesday, President Barack Obama warned that the new Arizona anti-illegal immigrant law “has the potential of being applied in a discriminatory fashion.” According to a White House released transcript, a reporter asked,…

Rights groups file suit against ‘un-American’ Arizona law

US-born 70-year-old US citizen of Spanish and Chinese descent ‘already stopped twice’ by law enforcement officers in Arizona and asked to produce his papers A coalition of civil rights groups filed a class action lawsuit Monday seeking to challenge Arizona’s tough new immigration law, claiming the legislation violated the US…

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