(AP) - Civil rights groups have sued in federal
court to block Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal
immigration, which supporters and opponents call the strictest
measure of its kind in the nation.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Huntsville, says the law is of
"unprecedented reach" and goes beyond laws passed in Arizona,
Utah, Indiana and Georgia. Federal judges already have blocked all
or parts of the laws in those states.
Alabama's law, which takes effect Sept. 1, allows police to
arrest anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant if the person
is stopped for some other reason. It also requires businesses to
check the legal status of new workers and requires schools to
report the immigration status of students.
The lawsuit asks a judge to declare the law unconstitutional.