Court blocks more sections of Alabama immigration law - Montgomery Alabama news.

More blocks for Ala. immigration law

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is reacting to news that a federal appeals court has temporarily blocked two sections of Alabama's tough new law targeting illegal immigration pending the outcome of a legal challenge.

"I strongly disagree wit the Eleventh Circuit's decision today...," he said in a statement. "I will continue to vigorously defend Alabama's immigration law in the courts."

Strange said the court's decision did not extend to other challenged provisions of HB56 that set rules for police officers to follow when encountering people they reasonably believe to be illegal immigrants. He says he's "hopeful" the U.S. Supreme Court will determine the law is constitutional.

The court on Thursday issued an order blocking a section that says courts can't enforce contracts involving illegal immigrants and another that makes it a felony for an illegal immigrant to do business with the state.

Alabama's law was challenged last year by both the federal government and a coalition of activist groups, and the cases have been appealed to the 11th Circuit.

"Today's ruling strikes at the heart of this racist law and is yet another blow for the effort to pass similar laws across the country," said Mary Bauer, legal director for the SPLC. "This law is clearly unconstitutional and is causing harm every day for citizens and non-citizens alike. We hope that the Alabama legislature will be guided by this latest loss in the courts and look to other state legislatures that are abandoning similar efforts and finally repeal this law."

[DOCUMENT: Court temporarily blocks two sections of HB56]

A three-judge panel in that court heard arguments in the case last week but said it won't rule on the challenges until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a federal challenge to a similar law in Arizona.

WSFA 12 News is working to gather reaction from Alabama legislators. We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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