Alabama immigration law challenged

BBC News

The US government has asked an appeals court to block a tough new immigration law in Alabama, saying it could cause discrimination against legal citizens.

The justice department filed a challenge which also argued that the law would merely displace illegal immigrants into neighbouring states.

A federal judge last week upheld controversial provisions of the state law, considered the toughest in the US.

There are an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the US.

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