Part of Alabama’s immigration law that ordered public schools to check the citizenship status of new students was ruled unconstitutional Monday by a federal appeals court that also said police in that state and Georgia can demand papers from criminal suspects they have detained, the Associated Press reports. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Alabama schools provision wrongly singles out children who are in the country illegally. Alabama was the only state that passed such a requirement and the 11th Circuit previously had blocked that part of the law from being enforced. Judges said fear of the law “significantly deters undocumented children from enrolling in and attending school ….” Both private groups and the Obama administration filed lawsuits to block the law considered the toughest in the country. The court, however, upheld parts of immigration laws in Alabama and Georgia allowing law enforcement to check documents for people they stop…

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