In his order issued on Wednesday, Thrash directed the state to notify Georgia law enforcement agencies of the restraining order.

Omar Jadwat, senior advisor to the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, welcomed the news of the judge’s decision.

“It really is a signal that laws like this are really part of an approach to immigration that is increasingly behind us,” he said.

The author of the law – Peachtree City Republican MP Matt Ramsey – pointed out that other parts of the immigration law have survived legal challenges from the ACLU and other groups. Among the provisions that survived is one that allows state and local police to investigate the immigration status of certain suspects.

“Given all of the legal challenges that have been brought against HB 87, we are still very pleased with the overall outcome,” said Ramsey.