NPR Online (03/01/12) Corey Dade
A panel of three judges from an Atlanta federal appeals court decided March 1 to delay action on immigration lawsuits in Georgia and Alabama. Parts of Alabama’s immigration law will stay in effect until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a similar Arizona immigration law. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the constitutionality of Arizona’s enforcement policy on April 25. Six states have passed legislation similar to Alabama’s, and the U.S. Justice Department has sued to block them all on the grounds the enforcement role is solely the purview of the federal government.