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    Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 12:55 PM Updated: Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 3:30 PM
    By Lee Roop, The Huntsville Times

    Ben Flanagan, al.com
    UA students protest the Alabama house bill 56 in the Ferguson Center Promenade on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.







    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- In the latest ruling, a Birmingham federal judge this afternoon again upheld most sections of Alabama's tough new immigration law.

    U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn this afternoon ruled on a lawsuit filed by a coalition civil rights groups and individuals seeking to block the law.

    Blackburn did block the state from barring illegal immigrants from enrolling in public universities.

    In the lawsuit filed by the Hispanic Interest Coaltion of Alabama and others, Blackburn also stopped the state from enforcing two new traffic laws, which would have set up $500 fines for blocking traffic to hire workers on a street.

    But she let most other sections of the 72-page law take effect.

    Earlier today, in her ruling on the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Blackburn refused to block a provision of the state law related to police stops and detentions of people suspected of being in the country illegally.

    [Also see: UA students protest Alabama immigration law]

    Similar laws in Arizona and Georgia had been blocked by other federal judges, but in her 115-page order, Blackburn disagreed with those rulings. She determined Congress has not prevented states from playing a role in immigration enforcement.

    She also declined to block sections requiring schools to check the citizenship status of children and sections that would nullify contracts knowingly entered into with unauthorized aliens.

    Blackburn refused to block a section making it a felony for "an alien not lawfully present in the United States" to apply for a license plate, driver's license, business license or other business license.

    Blackburn agreed with the Department of Justice on just four portions of its legal challenge. Blackburn ruled the state:

    » Can't stop an "unauthorized alien" from seeking work as an employee or independent contractor.

    » Can't prosecute those who assist unauthorized aliens. She blocked a large section that would make it against the law to conceal, harbor, transport or encourage an illegal alien to stay in Alabama. This includes portions of the law referring to landlords.
    » Can't stop businesses from deducting the wages they pay to unauthorized aliens from their state taxes.

    » Can't create a new protected class of workers. The new law would have allowed workers who were fired or not hired in favor of unauthorized aliens to sue employers for discrimination.
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    Blackburn did block the state from barring illegal immigrants from enrolling in public universities.

    In the lawsuit filed by the Hispanic Interest Coaltion of Alabama and others, Blackburn also stopped the state from enforcing two new traffic laws, which would have set up $500 fines for blocking traffic to hire workers on a street.


    I'm glad that she "allowed" most of the law to go into effect, but what she excluded baffles me. Do the states not have the right to exclude illegal aliens from the public universities? I understand that by virtue of some federal court ruling or other hogwash, the states are required to admit and teach ILLEGAL aliens in the public schools, but the public schools are part of the "free and compulsory" education system which makes us a first world nation. Public universities are allowed to be selective on a variety of criteria and even allowed to charge some people two or three times as much as other people. You can charge someone three times as much because he's a Texan but you can't exclude him because he's an illegal alien? How does that make sense?

    I understand that you can't forbid Americans and legal resident aliens from seeking employment on the street, as such is fundamental to a capitalist society, but I can't imagine how it can be illegal to stop and pick up hitch hikers but it's not illegal to stop and pick up pickers.
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    Under the new law, contracts that undocumented immigrants enter into will not be enforceable.

    So no car loans, pawns, payday loans, cell phone contracts, or leases?

    That just might get the message through to Americans whose greed exceeds their patriotism.
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