Alabama, civil rights groups reach agreement on immigration lawsuit

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  The state has settled long-running lawsuits with the U.S. Department of Justice and a coalition of civil rights groups over the state’s immigration law, known as HB 56. Under agreements filed in U.S. Northern District Court Tuesday, Alabama will specify that law enforcement can not stop someone “for the purpose of ascertaining that person’s [...]

Supreme Court rejects Alabama’s appeal of immigration law decision

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The U.S. Supreme Court Monday morning turned back Alabama’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling striking down a portion of the state’s immigration law making it a state crime to conceal, harbor or transport undocumented aliens into the state. The appeal, filed in January by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, asked the justices of the [...]

Robert Bentley interview, Part 3: Getting ‘right’ with the Legislature, and 2014

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Gov. Robert Bentley sat down with the Montgomery Advertiser Thursday for a wide-ranging interview about his first two years in office and the issues facing the state.   In an excerpt published Monday, Bentley  talked about the state’s employment situation, state government jobs and the ongoing gambling fight.  On Tuesday, the governor discussed the costs of Medicaid and [...]

Scott Beason, co-sponsor of HB 56, cautious on Senate immigration proposal

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News of progress on a comprehensive federal immigration reform bill drew a cautious response Monday from the co-sponsor of Alabama’s controversial immigration law. Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, said in an phone interview that he was encouraged by elements in the proposal aimed at improving border security, and said a pathway to citizenship for the country’s [...]

Alabama appeals part of immigration decision to U.S. Supreme Court

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The Attorney General’s office has appealed a ruling on the state’s controversial immigration law to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing an appeals court erred in striking down a law banning the concealment or harboring of undocumented aliens. The petition for a writ of certiorari was filed Tuesday. The Attorney General’s office declined to comment on [...]