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Birmingham, Alabama – Police in Alabama are getting ready to enforce what is considered by many as the toughest immigration law in the United States.
Beginning Thursday, authorities can question people suspected of being in the country illegally and hold them without bond, and officials can check the immigration status of students in public schools, Gov. Robert Bentley said.
Those two key aspects of Alabama’s new law were upheld by a federal judge on Wednesday.
The governor said parts of the law take effect immediately.
U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn, a Republican appointee, wrote in a 115-page opinion that some parts of the Republican-backed law conflict with federal statutes, but others don’t. Left standing were several key elements that help make the Alabama law stricter than similar laws passed in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Other federal judges have blocked all or parts of those.
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