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Judges blocking “reasonable suspicion” provisions in state laws

Staff Report

Alabama can claim this distinction: It’s the only state where a federal judge has upheld the “reasonable suspicion” provision of its immigration law.

A federal judge in South Carolina on Thursday blocked a portion of that state’s immigration law authorizing law enforcement to detain those they have “reasonable suspicion” of being in the country unlawfully.

The ruling — following decisions by courts in Arizona and Georgia to block similar provisions in those states’ laws — encouraged critics of Alabama’s statute, known as HB 56, but a former federal judge said it’s unlikely to impact the litigation over Alabama’s law.

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