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August 16th, 2011
10:06 AM ET

Bishops filing suit claiming Alabama's immigration law violates freedom of religion

Christian leaders in Alabama are fighting back against a tough new immigration law set to take effect in a few weeks.

The new law makes it a crime for an illegal immigrant to apply for any work. School districts will have to report on their students' immigration status. It will also be a crime to give rides to illegal immigrants or harbor them.

It's the last part that has four bishops from three Christian denominations in court. They have filed suit to block the law, saying it prevents them from freely practicing their religion.

This morning on American Morning, CNN's Carol Costello speaks with Bishop Henry Parsley, who helped file the suit. Carol also talks with Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immmigration Studies, on why he supports the bill.


Filed under: Free speech • Immigration • Religion