Georgia Appeals Rule Blocking Parts of Immigration Law

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- Attorneys for the state of Georgia say they've appealed a federal judge's decision blocking parts of the state's law cracking down on illegal immigration.

Spokeswoman Lauren Kane says the appeal was filed Monday with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The state provided The Associated Press with a copy of the appeal, which requests oral arguments and outlines the state's objections to the judge's ruling.

A judge on June 27 granted a request by civil liberties groups to block two sections of the law from taking effect until a lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality has been resolved.

One blocked provision authorizes police to check the immigration status of certain suspects and to detain illegal immigrants. Another penalizes people who knowingly transport or harbor illegal immigrants while committing another crime.

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