Judge Upholds Some Sections of Immigration Law
A group of farmers that have gathered Wednesday at the Gold Ridge Farm of Keith Smith spent a good portion of the afternoon answering queries and discussing what they learned from the ruling made a judge on the immigration law in Alabama.
Smith, a poultry and sweet potato farmer, said, “It’s far from settled, but we feel like we’ve gained somewhat of a break.”
Robert Draper and Mike Hunter, just like others in the room, nodded in agreement. However, they also acknowledged the fact that U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn left most of the strict immigration measure in place that undocumented farm workers could still face some degree of difficulty.
Apprehension over religious issues, on the other hand, especially concerning worship and mission fields, were eased by the ruling handed down by the judge.
Sections of the law that are not blocked by the judge will go into effect today.
Judge Blackburn handed down a 115-page opinion finding some sections of the measure in conflict with federal laws, but others do not. The judge declined to stop the implementation of essential parts of the closely monitored Alabama law, including a provision that require public schools to conduct immigration checks among their students. Blackburn also said in her ruling that federal law does not bar police from trying to determine the status of suspected illegal immigrants.
However, Blackburn temporarily blocked the implementation of some provisions of the law until she can render a final decision. These provisions include making it a crime for illegal immigrants to solicit work, making it unlawful to harbor or transport an illegal immigrant and allowing discrimination lawsuits against businesses that dismiss legal workers while employing illegal immigrants.
Judge Blackburn could permit any of these provisions to take effect after litigation has concluded.