More parts of immigration law stayed

Published 11:30 pm Friday, October 14, 2011

Some parts of Alabama’s controversial immigration law were stayed Friday by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, while other significant parts of the law remain in place.

The court struck down the parts of the law that requires carrying a proof of lawful residency in the U.S. and tracking immigration information of newly enrolled students.

But left untouched were provisions dealing with immigration status checks during traffic stops, contracts with illegal immigrants or government business transactions.

“Today’s decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals is simply one more step in what we knew would be a lengthy legal process,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a release. “As I have said on many occasions, if the federal government had done its job by enforcing its own immigration laws, we wouldn’t be here today. Unfortunately, by failing to do its job, the federal government has left the problem of dealing with illegal immigration to the states.

“Alabama needed a tough law against illegal immigration. We now have one. I will continue to fight to see this law upheld.”