Court: No Immigration Checks in School

    Mothers arrive to pick up their children from Flowers School in Montgomery, Ala., Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. Hispanic students have started vanishing from Alabama public schools in the wake of a court ruling that upheld the state's tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Education officials say scores of immigrant families have withdrawn their children from classes or kept them home this week, afraid that sending the kids to school would draw attention from authorities. In Montgomery County, more than 200 Hispanic students were absent the morning after the judge's Wednesday ruling. A handful withdrew. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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    A federal appeals court on Monday struck down part of an Alabama law that allowed schools to check into students’ immigration status but upheld the part of the law that permits police to demand papers from criminal suspects. Alabama is the only state that had passed such a requirement. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the law unfairly signaled out illegal immigrants but upheld the part that allows police in that state and in Georgia to check people they stop for papers—known as the “show me your papers” requirement—and follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a similar law in Arizona.

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