Any legal ruling against a state’s anti-immigration law is cause for celebration. Each such ruling highlights the illegality of these measures and confirms what has been said time and time again.
The recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals blocks two provisions in Alabama’s HB 56, one of the nation’s harshest laws of its kind. In this case, the state is blocked from implementing enforcement of restrictions on legal transactions and contracts with undocumented immigrants, as well as the prohibitions against leasing or renting a room or lodging to an undocumented person for more than one night.
More and more court decisions are tearing down these types of laws. For example, at the end of February, the clause in Arizona’s SB 1070 that prohibited day laborers from seeking work on the street was overturned. This is how things have been going for some time.
All eyes, however, are focused on the Supreme Court, which is expected to rule on Arizona’s law in June after arguments are presented in April. Lower courts, such as those in Georgia, are awaiting on the Supreme Court’s decision before ruling on their own.
We hope that the Supreme Court will not fall victim to the pressures of judicial activism and that it will follow the well-established legal argument that immigration is a federal and not a state issue.