States Back Off From Enacting Immigration Laws

Settlement would block controversial parts of Alabama immigration law

Consider the experience in Utah. The state was ahead of its time when political, business, law-enforcement and religious leaders endorsed the 2010 Utah Compact a declaration of five principles that sought to guide the discussion of immigration in the state in a more moderate tone, Morse said. The compact noted, for example, the value to society of keeping families together. Some state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle didn't get reelected after endorsing the compact and the bills it inspired. <br>visit

The proposed deal blocks several parts of the law, including a requirement for public schools to collect information on the immigration status of students; a provision that criminalized the solicitation of work by undocumented immigrants; and a section that prohibited giving a ride to undocumented immigrants. The agreement, which must be approved by the court, also says the law does not authorize police to detain someone for the sole purpose of checking immigration status. Civil rights groups that sued the state over the law, known as HB 56, described the settlement deal as a "significant victory." "We warned the legislature when they were debating HB 56 that if they passed this draconian law, we would sue in court and win," said Kristi Graunke, an attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center. "That we have done. Now it is time for our state lawmakers to repeal the remnants of HB 56 and for our congressional delegation to support meaningful immigration reform that will fix our broken system." Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a written statement that his office had vigorously defended the law in federal and appellate courts. "The courts have upheld most of the Act but have also made clear that some provisions are invalid. <br>visit

Justices to allow Ariz. immigration law?

6 presidential election. They include Florida, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado. Romney's problems with Hispanics also might tempt Obama's campaign to make a push in Arizona, usually a reliably Republican state. A recent poll of Hispanic voters by the Pew Research Center found that 67 percent supported Obama, and 27 percent Romney. A decision in the high-profile immigration case is expected in late June. California, New York and nine other states with significant immigrant populations support the Obama administration. <br>visit

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