Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has said he wrote Alabama’s tough immigration law on his laptop while sitting in a Kansas turkey blind, got a boost Wednesday when a federal judge ruled that key parts of the law can be enforced immediately while other parts remain blocked for now. So Alabama authorities can question, and hold without bond, those suspected of being in the country illegally, and public schools must verify students’ citizenship and report statistics to the state. The law has drawn multiple legal challenges, including from the Obama administration. Kobach said the Alabama judge’s ruling bolsters more than supporters of that state’s law. “It really helps the other states trying to fight the good fight here in stopping illegal immigration,” he told an Alabama TV station. And Kobach plans to push the 2012 Kansas Legislature to pass an Arizona-style immigration law.
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