Fri., March 9, 2012 4:19pm (EST)

Alabama Immigration Ruling Could Affect Georgia
By Sasha Horne
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Both Georgia and Alabama's immigration reform laws have been challenged by immigrant rights groups and the federal government. (GPB File Photo)
Both Georgia and Alabama's immigration reform laws have been challenged by immigrant rights groups and the federal government. (GPB File Photo)
A federal appeals court in Atlanta blocked two parts of Alabama's law targeting illegal immigration Thursday.

Both Georgia and Alabama's immigration reform laws have been challenged by immigrant rights groups and the federal government. The U.S. Circuit Court of appeals stuck down portions of Alabama's law including a measure making it a felony for an undocumented immigrant to do business with the state.

Immigration attorney Charles Kuck says the decision sends a clear message to Georgia Lawmakers.

"The court of appeals is in agreement that states should not and cannot be meddling in federal immigration laws," says Kuck.

Kuck says this week's decision validates concerns in Georgia.

"The state legislature would be better focused in demanding that our federal legislators actually focus on real immigration reform," Kuck added.

Perhaps the most controversial part of the Alabama law, requiring law enforcement to check immigration status during routine traffic stops is still in effect. The Court of Appeals is waiting on the Supreme court to rule on the Arizona immigration case before making a decision on Georgia's law.