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.