The approval of the Nebraska ordinance is the latest development in an ongoing battle over immigration enforcement [JURIST backgrounder] that began with Arizona's enactment of SB 1070 [JURIST report], which was partially struck down by the US Supreme Court [JURIST report]. In December New Jersey Governor Cris Christie signed [JURIST report] a controversial immigration bill that allows undocumented students to attend state colleges at in-state tuition rates. In April Oregon's governor signed [JURIST report] similar bill enabling undocumented students to attend public universities in the state at the same tuition rate as in-state residents. Last March a federal judge in Georgia blocked enforcement [JURIST report] of a key provision in Georgia's immigration law that criminalized knowingly transporting or harboring an undocumented immigrant during the course of any other crime. In January 2013 Alabama's Attorney General asked the US Supreme Court [JURIST report] to overturn a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] striking down provisions of the state's controversial immigration law.
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