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Justice Department today asking appeals court to block the state of Alabama's controversial immigration law.
It's regarded as -- toughest and all the nation but the feds call it.
A blunt instrument that will encourage discrimination.
And -- legal immigrants out of the state.
John Roberts is in our southeast bureau you know the first person they arrested it seems.
Or brought -- turned out to be legal which must have been a lot of fun for all of Alabama and there are few key parts of this law.
-- that of the focus of this particular legal file.
The -- you know ship you mentioned it is the toughest immigration law in the country that's why the Department of Justice wants it struck down specifically going after provisions.
That make it a state crime for aliens to not carry with them their registration papers it also requires police.
To check the immigration status of anyone that they stop and they suspect of being in the country illegally or not caring.
A valid driver's license it also requires officials check the immigration status of all school students.
The Department of Justice argues that this is a sweeping new state regime and one that according to the filing quote.
Contravene the federal government's exclusive authority over immigration and invites discrimination against foreign born citizens.
And legal immigrants the Department of Justice is -- the eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals here in Atlanta to block those provisions.
And to block enforcement of the law while it considers the case it's also act passed the eleventh circuit to.
Go at this case and an expedited basis because -- -- this loss stop that want to stop now option.
John what is Alabama's governor have to say about all of this.
Well Robert -- campaign on a platform of immigration and the cost to taxpayers and not surprisingly ship.
He's standing by his guns and this from the got a statement from the governor's office just a short time ago which Robert Bentley says quote.
The fact that the Department of Justice has appealed comes as no surprise.
I remain committed to seeing that this law is fully implemented we will continue to defend this law against any and all challenges.
He says the law was never intended to hurt his fellow human beings but adds if the federal government would just do its job on immigration none of this would be necessary.
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