Judge blocks Alabama immigration rule linked to mobile homes

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Posted: Dec 12, 2011 9:18 PM
Judge blocks Alabama immigration rule linked to mobile homes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (Reuters) - A federal judge temporarily blocked a part of Alabama's tough new immigration law on Monday that requires residents to show proof of citizenship when registering mobile homes with the state.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama wrote in court papers that state officials were preliminarily barred from requiring anyone trying to pay an annual registration fee for mobile homes "to prove his or her U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status."

The ruling comes in response to a lawsuit filed by two unnamed Alabama residents, with assistance from fair housing groups.

(Reporting by Peggy Gargis in Birmingham: Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Cynthia Johnston)