Federal Appeals Court Blocks Parts Of Anti-Immigrant Alabama Law
While some parts of the law signed by Governor Robert Bentley (pictured) are allowed to stand, parts of HB 56 are being blocked. Among the blocked provisions are:
- One requiring state officials to check the immigration status of students in public schools;
- One making “willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration card” a misdemeanor for immigrants
In August, leaders from the Episcopal, Methodist and Catholic churches of Alabama separately sued Alabama’s governor, its attorney general and a district attorney over the law.
Bishops from two of those churches have opposed the provision preventing the harboring or transporting of undocumented aliens, saying it violated their “religious liberties.”
“We will continue to provide food, shelter, transportation, housing, and the church’s sacraments to all of God’s people, regardless of race, class, or citizenship status,” said a joint statement by Bishop Henry N. Parsley Jr. of the Episcopal Church’s Alabama Diocese and Bishop William H. Willimon of the United Methodist’s North Alabama Conference.Click here for reuse options!
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