Georgia Appeals Ruling Blocking Part of Immigration Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - Attorneys for the state of Georgia say they've
appealed a federal judge's decision blocking parts of the state's
law cracking down on illegal immigration.

Spokeswoman Lauren Kane says the appeal was filed Monday with
the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The state provided The
Associated Press with a copy of the appeal, which requests oral
arguments and outlines the state's objections to the judge's
ruling.

A judge on June 27 granted a request by civil liberties groups
to block two sections of the law from taking effect until a lawsuit
challenging the law's constitutionality has been resolved.

One blocked provision authorizes police to check the immigration
status of certain suspects and to detain illegal immigrants.
Another penalizes people who knowingly transport or harbor illegal
immigrants while committing another crime.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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