Injunction mulled over section of Ala. immigration law

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A federal judge is hearing a request on Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to enforce a temporary restraining order on part of Alabama's immigration law.

Attorneys for the SPLC say that certain county offices in Alabama have turned people away, preventing them from renewing their mobile homes because they do not have proof of citizenship.  They say some of the illegal immigrants have children and cannot be driven from their homes.

Since the temporary restraining order was granted, the SPLC says there have been at least nine instances in which various local probate offices have demanded "proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status of individuals seeking to obtain a decal for their manufactured homes, in direct contravention of this Court's TRO," according to the motion.

The SPLC is representing Central Alabama Fair Housing Center, Fair Housing Center of Northern Alabama, Center for Fair Housing Inc., and John Doe No. 1 and John Doe No. 2.

Judge Myron Thompson issued a temporary restraining order last week on Section 30 of HB 56. That restraining order expires on Dec. 7. The SPLC says certain offices across the state have not complied with the order.

The Alabama Department of Revenue made attempts to comply with the order by sending a letter to all of its offices across the state telling them not to enforce that section of the law.

The SPLC is asking the court to order Alabama Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee to immediately contact the relevant tax collection and probate offices in Morgan, Etowah, Chilton, Houston, Shelby, and Jefferson counties and to secure the acknowledgment of the order.

Thompson will preside over the hearing at 2 p.m. WSFA 12 News will have updates on-air, online and on mobile.

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