Court Temporarily Blocks Ala. Immigration Law

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A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new Alabama immigration law to allow more time to determine if it is constitutional.

"In entering this order the court specifically notes that it is in no way addressing the merits of the motions," U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn wrote.

The measure, which had been scheduled to take effect Thursday, would require schools to verify whether students are citizens among other standards.

The law is considered the nation's toughest against illegal immigration. 

Opponents were pleased with the court's decision to stay the law they've likened to Jim Crow-era statutes against racial integration.

Fans of the measure were just happy the court didn't gut the legislation.

"We must remember that today's ruling is simply the first round in what promises to be a long judicial fight over Alabama's right to protect its borders," Alabama House Majority Leader Micky Hammon said.  

"To put it in sports terms, it is the first half-inning of the first game of a seven-game World Series," he added.

The judge said she will rule on the issue by Sept. 28.

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