Supreme Court Rejects Alabama Immigration Case

Only Scalia votes to hear it

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 29, 2013 9:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Supreme Court has rejected Alabama's appeal to revive portions of a state immigration law, including a section that made it a crime to harbor people who are living in the country illegally. The justices today left in place a federal appeals court ruling that blocked parts of the law. Only Justice Antonin Scalia voted to hear the state's appeal.

The law's purpose was to reduce the "number of illegal aliens" in Alabama. The Atlanta-based 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals struck it down, saying that immigration is primarily the responsibility of the federal government and that the state lacked the authority to enforce the challenged provisions. The appeals court ruling followed last year's Supreme Court ruling that blocked some parts of Arizona's immigration law.

This March 5, 2009, file photo shows the US Supreme Court building in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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