HICA files emergency appeal to block Ala. immigration law

A coalition of civil rights groups is appealing a judge's decision that let several parts of Alabama's immigration law go into effect Thursday.

The coalition led by the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama is also asking U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn to put all of Alabama's law on hold while the appeal is pending at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta.

The case - HICA et al. v. Bentley, et al - is a class-action challenge to the state's new law which HICA described as "extreme" and "anti-immigrant".

[Click here to read appeal (PDF)]

HICA says if the law is allowed to go into effect it have devastating effects that will, among other things, "chill children's access to schools..." and "mandate all immigrants to carry their "papers" ."

Blackburn has given defendants until Monday morning to say why that shouldn't be done.

Blackburn issued an order Wednesday allowing several major parts of the law to take effect, including allowing police to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally.

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