Appeals court blocks part of Alabama's immigration law

      A federal appeals court has ruled that part of Alabama's tough immigration law that ordered public schools to check the citizenship status of new students is unconstitutional.{}{} {}The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the provision wrongly singles out children who are in the country illegally.{}{} {}Alabama was the only state that passed such a requirement. The 11th Circuit says a lower court should have blocked that part of the law.{}{} {}The court separately says Alabama police can continue checking immigration documents for people they stop.{}{} {}Both private groups and the Obama administration filed lawsuits to block the law considered the toughest in the country.{}{} {}The 11th Circuit was the first appeals court to consider the schools provision.