Appellate Court Declines to Review Immigration Ruling



A federal appeals court has handed a new victory to opponents of Alabama’s tough immigration law.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta turned down a request by the State of Alabama Tuesday for the full court to review the decision made in a challenge brought by a coalition of individuals and groups, including the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports this means the controversial provisions requiring schools to check the immigration status of students has been blocked. However, the state could still appeal the decision to the U.S Supreme Court.

Last month, the court rejected a similar request Alabama made on a challenge brought by the federal government. Monday, the court took the same action on a request by Georgia to reconsider a ruling on that state’s immigration law.

The court gave no reason for declining to rehear this latest case.

~ Andrew Yeager and The Associated Press, November 27, 2012