Reporters interview lawyers who oppose Alabama's immigration law outside the federal courthouse following an all-day hearing over efforts to persuade a federal judge to block the law in Birmingham, ... more 
Reporters interview lawyers who oppose Alabama's immigration law outside the federal courthouse following an all-day hearing over efforts to persuade a federal judge to block the 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. (AP Photo/ The Birmingham News, Mark Almond) MAGS OUT; less 
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Associated Press | Photo By The Birmingham News, Mark Almond
Wed, Aug 24, 2011 9:06 PM EDT