Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

School attendance low? Check your state’s immigration laws!

This week, a federal judge ruled on whether key portions of Alabama’s immigration law should stand. The judge ruled that certain portions cannot be enacted, included prohibiting undocumented foreign nationals from attending public colleges, and prohibiting concealing, harboring, transporting, etc. of undocumented aliens. However, other provisions were allowed to stand, including provisions that allow local police to inquire about detainees’ immigration status and that require public schools to verify students’ immigration status. Just in the few days since the decision, the state has seen an immediate impact, such as foreign nationals not sending their children to school. For example, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/30/hispanic-students-vanish-_0_n_989669.html

It is reported that the US Department of Justice already plans to appeal the decision. Stay tuned for further updates!