Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Judges see ‘no effects’ from new immigration law

Staff Report

Despite fears of overcrowded jails and extended court sessions, Marshall County judges say they are seeing “virtually no effects” from Alabama’s new illegal immigration law.

“As far as the mechanics, I haven’t seen any increase in numbers of people going to jail. I haven’t even had a case under the law,” said Tim Riley, Marshall County District and Juvenile Court Judge.

“I think it may be making a change in that some people who are here illegally may be leaving. That’s just my guess. I’m seeing fewer Hispanic people with tickets. I still have them, but the number has substantially dropped. I’ve been kind of surprised. I thought there would be a sudden influx of cases.”

Marshall County Circuit Court Judge Tim Jolley said he too expected the law, known as HB56, to generate more cases, but he has seen little to no change in his work.

“I haven’t seen any increase in our case load or having to deal with issues in the immigration law or as a result of the law,” he said. “I initially thought there would be an increase, although I didn’t know how much of an increase. But actually there hasn’t been an increase.”

Marshall County District Judge Hugh Flanagan said he is not surprised by the lack of cases from the legislation.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

“It seems to me that it’s not something that is an enforcement focus, necessarily, but it’s a tool they’re going to use when people are otherwise stopped or detained,” he said. “We didn’t see any in my courtroom. I just saw anecdotal evidence.”

Read More…

Written By

The Alabama Political Reporter is a daily political news site devoted to Alabama politics. We provide accurate, reliable coverage of policy, elections and government.



Last updated on June 20, 2017, at 05:41 amBy Sam Mattison Alabama Political Reporter Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall announced on Friday that he...


Last updated on December 26, 2015, at 10:42 pmBy Brandon Moseley and Bill Britt Alabama Political Reporter Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) signed HB658...


Last updated on December 26, 2015, at 02:41 pmBy Brandon Moseley Alabama Political Reporter MONTGOMERY–Last year the Alabama State Legislature passed HB 56, Hammon-Beason...


Last updated on December 26, 2015, at 10:29 amStaff Report The police departments in Albertville and Boaz are training on how to properly enforce...