The big news from yesterday was that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta took a bite out of Alabama’s immigration law.
It was a split ruling: the federal circuit court suspended the section that required public schools to check the immigration status of public school students and it suspended the section that required illegal aliens to carry immigration documents on them at all times.
The 11th Circuit refused to block Alabama’s Arizona-style immigration law and the part of the law that makes it a felony for illegal aliens to attempt to procure identity documents in Alabama like a driver’s license.
As things stand today, the Arizona-style immigration law is still being enforced, it is nearly impossible for illegal aliens to get an Alabama driver’s license or a car tag without a birth certificate, and Alabama has one of the strongest E-Verify laws in the country.
Now that the 9th Circuit and 11th Circuit have reached conflicting decisions on the Arizona and Alabama immigration law, it is far more likely that the U.S. Supreme Court will take the case.
This is exactly the scenario that I predicted would unfold last year: a protracted legal battle similar to the ones over E-Verify and Voter ID, one that polarizes White conservatives against the Obama administration and delegitimizes “civil rights organizations” like the SPLC and ACLU, and which culminates in the Supreme Court taking the case and ruling in favor of the states in a 5 to 4 ruling.
The legal battle between the Justice Department and Alabama at the circuit court level will now quiet down for a few months. The battlefield will shift to South Carolina where the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals could set another conflicting standard.
The Obama administration is doing everything in its power to tyrannize Alabama and defend the privileges of illegal aliens at the expense of Alabama taxpayers. The Justice Department will probably file further lawsuits against Georgia and South Carolina.
If Dixie was an independent country with its own federal government, we wouldn’t have to deal with this nonsense. As Bocephus said, if the South would have won we would had it made.