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Judge upholds major portions of Alabama’s SB1070-style law (access required)

A federal judge in Alabama upheld two major provisions of that state’s illegal immigration law that are nearly identical to key portions of SB1070 that were struck down. U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Blackburn blocked some portions of HB56 in her ruling on Wednesday but upheld provisions making it a crime to not carry immigration papers and requiring law enforcement officers to check people’s immigration status if they have a reasonable suspicion that they’re in the country illegally.

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Legal experts: Injunction likely to withstand challenges

Constitutional experts and immigration attorneys said it’s impossible to predict how the 9th Circuit will react to Arizona's appeal of Judge Susan Bolton's injunction on S1070. But Bolton’s 36-page order bolstered her reputation as a judge who puts a great deal of thought into her decisions, and the detailed analysis she gave for why she blocked portions of S1070 was an ominous sign for the law’s supporters.

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