Controversial Alabama Immigration Law Upheld In Part

A federal judge in Birmingham, Ala., has blocked some provisions of a controversial immigration law in the state — most notably those that would “make it a state crime to harbor immigrants and make it a misdemeanor to work in the state” — reported in August:

“The state’s Republican leaders say they passed the toughest immigration bill in the country to preserve jobs for Alabamians. But critics say the law goes too far, criminalizing all kinds of contact with undocumented residents and putting an extra burden on small business.”

The Associated Press adds that “both supporters and critics say [the law] is the nation’s toughest clampdown on illegal immigration by a state.”

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