Jose Antonio Vargas is in Alabama reporting on the state’s viciiously anti-immigrant law. Over the weekend, he spoke to former Federal District Court Judge U.W. Clemon at the 16th Street Church in Birmingham. Clemon, who is a legal legend in the state, spoke out strongly against HB 56.

A federal appeals court in Atlanta temporarily blocked two provisions of Alabama’s far-reaching immigration enforcement law on Friday, but left much of it in effect as the state and the United States Justice Department continued to fight over the law in the courts.

Breaking news today on the legal front regarding the Alabama immigration law. The Department of Justice has asked the 11th Circuit to block implementation of the law: The federal government asked an appeals court on Friday to halt an Alabama immigration law considered by many as the toughest in the United States, saying it invites discrimination against foreign-born citizens and legal immigrants.

A federal judge has refused to block Alabama’s strict new immigration law while the Obama administration appeals a ruling last week that upholds major portions of it. Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn of United States District Court had upheld provisions allowing the police to ask for immigration papers during routine traffic stops.

A federal judge has severed three cases against Alabama’s new immigration law, a month after consolidating them. In an order issued Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn said “for case management purposes and ease of appellate review” she was separating suits brought against the law by the U.S Justice Department.

What does it mean when every key player in a controversial, complicated legal case agrees with a judge’s decision? That the judge got it right, of course. What the judge got right this week in the much-watched court challenge to Alabama’s new immigration law was that she needed more time to wade through all the legal arguments for and against the law, including thousands of pages of briefs.

Alabama’s tough new immigration law was temporarily put on hold by a federal judge on Monday. Alabama’s toughest-in-the-nation crackdown had originally been set to take effect Sept. 1 but had come under fire from several groups that filed lawsuits against the measure.

According to the Associated Press, Judge Blackburn has blocked enforcement of the Alabama’s anti-immigrant law.

Osvaldo Compian-Torres is caught in the most significant dragnet in the federal criminal court system. But he isn’t a murderer, drug trafficker or money launderer. Compian-Torres’ conviction earlier this year in Dallas was for re-entry into the United States after deportation.

According to the ACLU, Rep. Lamar Smith’s deceptively named “Keep Our Communities Safe Act” bill “would in fact lead to the detention of thousands more immigrants for years without first having a hearing before a judge.”