MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) and others are reacting to District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn's ruling regarding the state's new immigration law.
"We're very pleased to see that 85 percent of our law will go into effect and we can finally begin dealing with the problem of illegal immigration in Alabama," Hubbard said.
"The E-Verify provision is among the most meaningful and effective parts of this law. If we're going to stop the flow of thousands of illegal immigrants into Alabama, we must shut off the magnet that is drawing them here."
Hubbard added, "We remain confident our law will ultimately be upheld as constitutional."
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) called the ruling a "significant win" in the effort to curb Alabama's illegal immigration problem.
"Our goal has always been to make sure Alabama jobs and taxpayer-funded resources are going to legal Alabama residents and Judge Blackburn's ruling is a significant win for this cause.
"While enforcement of other parts of the law were delayed pending more definitive action by the courts, the intent of the law still stands, a large majority of this law remains intact and Alabama is finally able to address this issue that has been ignored by the federal government for too long."
INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Republican Party release