Georgia’s immigration law has been the subject of several protests.
By Catherine E. Shoichet and Chelsea Bailey
June 20, 2011 5:42 p.m. EDT
Atlanta (CNN) — After supporters and critics of Georgia’s controversial new immigration measure faced off in federal court Monday, a judge said he hoped to weigh in on the law by next week.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. said he intended to issue a written ruling before July 1, when the law is scheduled to go into effect.
Attorneys representing plaintiffs in the class-action suit against the law asked Thrash to issue a temporary injunction that would stop the law, known as HB 87, while the court considers the case.
Attorneys representing the state filed a motion to dismiss the class-action suit.
“HB 87 is deeply flawed and fundamentally unconstitutional,” said Omar Jadwat, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Immigration laws are the U.S. government’s responsibility, he argued.
“It’s not for Georgia to make the decision that federal law is insufficiently harsh,” he said.
The state law, which is aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration, allows police to ask about immigration status when questioning suspects in certain criminal investigations. (more…)
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