Ala. immigration law on hold while judge considers case

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - The judge who is set to rule on the constitutionality of Alabama's new immigration law has placed a hold on the law's implementation citing "limited time available to adequately address the numerous challenges."

U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn placed a hold on the law until September 29, 2011, or until the court enters its rulings.

The halt to the new law's implementation until Judge Blackburn's decision does not address the merits of the law.

Both Democrats and Republicans seems pleased by the judge's decision.

"I look forward to the Judge ruling on the merits. We have long needed a tough law against illegal immigration in this state, and we now have one. I will continue to fight at every turn to defend this law against any and all challenges," Governor Robert Bentley said.

Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Judge Mark Kennedy said "Alabamians have dodged a bullet on the countless inconveniences this bill would have caused in their daily lives..."

Other legislators, including Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R), House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R), and House Majority Leader Micky Hammon (R)  were also pleased.

"Judge Blackburn clearly understands the complexity of this issue..." said Marsh. "We are encouraged by her willingness to carefully examine all aspects of the case prior to ruling."

"Judge Blackburn should be praised for the thought, consideration and due diligence she is putting into this ruling..." Hammon said. He then equated the fight to baseball saying "It is the first half-inning of the first game of a seven-game World Series."

There's been no reaction from the ACLU, SPLC or other organizations who are fighting to block the law's implementation. WSFA 12 News will have more information on their reaction as it becomes available.

The law, similar to Arizona's controversial Immigration law, was set to take effect on September 1, 2011.

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