State Sen. Scott Beason stands outside the federal courthouse following an all-day hearing over efforts to persuade a federal judge to block Alabama's immigration law in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011. Lawyers for the federal government and for a coalition of civil rights groups asked a federal judge Wednesday to block a new Alabama law cracking down on illegal immigration, arguing that it stomps on such basic rights as free speech and free travel. But attorneys for the state argued the new law allows the state to regulate illegal immigration in the absence of action from the federal government and that many opponents have overreacted about the law's expected impact. Beason is one of the authors of the immigration legislation. (AP Photo/ The Birmingham News, Mark Almond)
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published Monday, August 29th, 2011