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Immigration laws debated across the country

All across the country, including in North Carolina, states are dealing with immigration laws and the political debates they inspire. Immigration law is constantly changing and in recent years have been the source of a heated debate among our nation's leaders.

Recently, in Alabama, the 11th Federal Circuit Court decided a case that stuck down many parts of Alabama's immigration law. The court struck down key provisions at the heart of the laws concerning the prohibition on harboring and transporting undocumented persons. The Attorney General of Alabama has appealed this decision to the Supreme Court of the United States.

The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama recently expressed concern over the situation. They believe that the court is wasting its time with this case. The coalition believes that the state law is merely going to be preempted by federal law eventually, when a comprehensive immigration law passes.

Many states are concerned that their immigration laws are going to be preempted by a new federal law. Preemption is the legal principle that, unless specifically stated otherwise, federal law takes precedence over state law. If there is a federal law and a state law dealing with the same issue, the federal law is the law that the states must follow, and the state law is no longer valid.

For those concerned about immigration issues, these are important cases to monitor. For specific immigration-related problems, our readers would be wise to seek out more information from someone who is well versed in changes in immigration procedures and new laws.

Source: Fox 6, "Ala. advocates hope for compromise over immigration law," Alan Collins, Jan. 23, 2013

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