Court blocks Ala. from checking student status
10/15/2011 2:14:23 AM - AP News
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling striking down parts of Alabama's tough new immigration law has given hope to some Latino residents but leaves state officials resolved to crack down on illegal immigration.In a blow to Alabama's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law, a federal appeals court sided with the Obama administration Friday by blocking public schools from checking the immigration status of students.The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision says police can't charge immigrants who are unable to prove their citizenship. But it let parts of the law stand, giving supporters a partial victory. A final ruling isn't expected for months.Immigrants celebrated the ruling, as word spread quickly through the state's Hispanic community and on Spanish-language stations. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley vowed to "fight to see this law upheld."