Judge Blocks Enforcement Of The Nations Toughest Immigration Law

08.30.11 | Sarah Harnisch

   A federal judge blocked Alabama's new illegal immigration law Monday. The law was the toughest in the nation-- and was supposed to take effect Thursday. Among other things, the law would require schools to verify the citizenship status of students, but it wouldn't prevent illegal immigrants from attending public schools. The law also would make it a crime to knowingly assist an illegal immigrant by providing them a ride, a job, a place to live or most anything else - a section that church leaders fear would hamper public assistance ministries. It also would allow police to jail suspected illegal immigrants during traffic stops. A federal judge blocked the law from kicking in-- saying Monday she needed more time to decide whether it is constitutional.