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Alabama Paying $580,000 Over Immigration Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama has agreed to pay another $230,000 to civil rights groups that sued over Alabama's immigration law.

The agreement announced Monday brings the total paid by the state government to $580,000. Monday's agreement stemmed from a 2011 suit over a portion of the law that barred business transactions between the state and anyone who could not prove citizenship. The law prevented some people from renewing their mobile home registration tags, but the suit ended the enforcement of that aspect of the law.

The state last year paid $350,000 to some of the same groups that challenged other parts of the law.

Southern Poverty Law Center attorney Sam Brooke says the payments show the cost of the immigration law to taxpayers. Others participating included the National Immigration Law Center and ACLU.


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