The Department of Justice has asked a federal appeals court to block enforcement of Alabama's controversial new immigration law.
The law allows police officers to check the legal status of people when suspicion exists, detain them and turn them over to federal authorities. It is described by both its supporters and its opponents as the strictest state immigration law in the nation.
Since the law came into force, more than 2,000 Hispanic children have been pulled out of school, according to the Alabama secretary of education.
Friday's action comes after a federal district judge in Alabama on Wednesday denied an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups aimed at blocking parts of the new law.
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