Civil rights groups’ attempt to block Alabama immigration provisions denied

Law sparks major decline this week in Hispanic students’ school attendance

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and civil rights organizations filed a motion to request a block on certain provisions in Alabama’s immigration law that has triggered a decline in thousands of Hispanic students from attending school in the state.

The request follows a ruling from last week in which U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn upheld significant sections of Alabama’s immigration law that require schools to verify students’ immigration status prior to enrollment and allows police officers to arrest individuals they suspect could be illegal immigrants during routine stops. These two contentious provisions have sparked anger and fear since last week’s ruling.

Danielle Feinstein

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