Today is a big day for the state’s new anti-illegal immigration law.
A federal judge in Atlanta could decide the law’s immediate fate and trigger a chain of additional legal challenges that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, AJC reporter Jeremy Redmon writes.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash has scheduled a 10 a.m. hearing for several civil and immigrant rights groups to make their case for halting Georgia’s law, Redmon reports. The American Civil Liberties Union, National Immigration Law Center and others argue the law is unconstitutional and are asking Thrash to put the law on hold pending the outcome of a lawsuit they have filed to block it.
Thrash is also planning to hear a request from Republican state Attorney General Sam Olens to dismiss the ACLU’s lawsuit, Redmon writes. Olens’ office argues the state and U.S. constitutions grant Georgia immunity from such lawsuits.
Thrash, who was nominated to the court by President Bill Clinton, recently indicated he could immediately issue his decisions Monday after telling attorneys in the case that he has been known to rule from the bench, Redmon writes.
Whoever loses after Monday’s hearings is expected to appeal to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Redmon reports. The case could eventually make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court along with other legal challenges targeting similar laws in Arizona and Utah, said R. Keegan Federal Jr., one of the attorneys who is seeking to halt Georgia’s law.
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