Judge: Immigration law will not take effect Sept. 1

A federal judge put Alabama's new immigration law on hold for at least a month.

Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn issued a ruling Monday afternoon that the new law cannot be enforced until at least September 29th.

The judge says Monday's ruling in no way deals with the merits of the motions filed seeking to keep the tough new immigration law from taking effect on September 1st.

The temporary injunction will remain in effect until September 29th or until the court enters its rulings.

"I look forward to the Judge ruling on the merits. We have long needed a tough law against illegal immigration in this state, and we now have one" said Governor Robert Bentley. "I will continue to fight at every turn to defend this law against any and all challenges."

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh (R-Anniston) commended Judge Blackburn for taking more time to review the law.

"Judge Blackburn clearly understands the complexity of this issue and we are encouraged by her willingness to carefully examine all aspects of the case prior to ruling," said Marsh. "We also appreciate Attorney General Luther Strange's commitment to upholding state law and applaud his leadership in this case."

House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) also applauded the judge's approach to reviewing this law.

"I'm pleased Alabama is one step closer to having a law that addresses this growing problem. This is not an easy issue to adjudicate and I appreciate Judge Blackburn's willingness to take the appropriate time to review the law," said Hubbard. "I am also grateful for the dedication of Attorney General Luther Strange and his team for their tireless efforts in this case to defend state law."

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