Judge hears case against Georgia’s immigration law

By Catherine E. Shoichet and Chelsea Bailey | CNN

Atlanta (CNN) — Supporters and critics of Georgia’s controversial new immigration law faced off in court Monday, but a federal judge said he had not reached a decision in the case.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Thrash Jr. said he hopes to issue a written ruling before July 1, when the law is scheduled to go into effect.

Attorneys representing plaintiffs in the class-action suit asked Thrash to issue a temporary injunction that would stop the law, known as HB 87, while the court considers the case.

“HB 87 is deeply flawed and fundamentally unconstitutional,” said Omar Jadwat, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Attorneys representing the state filed a motion to dismiss the case.

“Sometimes the law is harsh, there’s no question about that, but that doesn’t make it unconstitutional,” said Devon Orland, senior assistant attorney general for the state.

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