In United States v. Alabama, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit struck down several sections of Alabama's Hammon-Beason Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act (H.B. 56). This Act-which has been called the strictest anti-immigration law in the country-demonstrates a growing trend among states to exert more control over immigration regulation. Writing for the court, Judge Wilson concluded that federal law preempted sections 10, 11(a), 13(a), 16, 17, and 27 of H.B. 56. In so holding, the Eleventh Circuit gave a victory to those championing the rights of illegal immigrants while also curtailing the power of the states to regulate within their own borders.
Galloway, Benjamin D.
"The Beginning of the End: United States v. Alabama and the Doctrine of Self-Deportation,"
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