Block on Trump's Asylum Ban Upheld by Supreme Court
A just-released order might cause some confusion amongst those challenging the controversial Alabama immigration law.
Acting on the Justice Department's recent appeal, the 11th Circuit partially granted a preliminary injunction enjoining two sections of the law. However, the court also denied a request to stop the enforcement of four other provisions.
To make matters worse, the order provides absolutely no explanation for the court's decision.
The lack of analysis is probably a function of the type of order granted. The Justice Department requested an injunction pending appeal. These types of injunctions are stop-gap measures, and are designed to preserve the status quo while the court considers an appeal.
In a few months, a panel of judges will issue a ruling on the merits. At that point, this injunction will cease to exist, and a new injunction may or may not be issued. Today's decision will not be binding on that panel.
Despite its temporary nature, the court's ruling is the law. Thus, the state cannot enforce the following parts of the Alabama immigration law:
On the other hand, Alabama can enforce these provisions:
A more complete analysis of these provisions and others contained in the Alabama immigration law is due by the end of the year.