Alabama immigration law faces legal challenge: Can it survive?
Federal lawsuits have been filed against five states that have passed tough anti-illegal-immigration bills. Here is the legal state of play for all five state laws:
First, a new state law scheduled to go into effect July 1 allowed state and local police to arrest any illegal immigrant they encountered who was facing a deportation order from an immigration court or who had been indicted or convicted of a felony.
Second, the law also blocked any government official from accepting identification cards issued by foreign consulates as valid forms of identification.
Federal District Judge Sarah Evans Barker blocked both aspects of the law two days before they were to take effect. She backed legal complaints by constitutional and civil-rights groups, calling Indiana's effort to "carve out such a permissible role … seriously flawed and generally unsuccessful."