By KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge has granted a request to block parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect until a legal challenge is resolved.
Judge Thomas Thrash on Monday blocked parts of the law that penalize people who transport or harbor illegal immigrants.
He also blocked provisions that authorize officers to verify the immigration status of someone who can't provide proper identification.
Thrash also dismissed parts of the lawsuit at the state's request.
Most parts of the law were set to enter into effect July 1. Civil liberties groups had filed a lawsuit asking the judge to declare the law unconstitutional and to block it from being enforced.
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