Supreme Court Leaves Block of Alabama Immigration Law in Place

Supreme Court Leaves Block of Alabama Immigration Law in Place

"The Supreme Court rebuffed the state of Alabama on Monday by deciding not to intervene in a case where federal judges blocked a state law that criminalizes the harboring of illegal immigrants.  By refusing to hear Alabama's appeal of the Obama administration's lower court victories, the justices steered clear of a hot-button debate at a time when Congress is engaged in writing legislation to overhaul immigration laws.  Both a federal judge and an appeals court agreed with the White House that federal law trumped a provision in Alabama state law that made it illegal to harbor or transport anyone in the state who had entered the country illegally.  The appeals court ruling remains intact as a result of the Supreme Court's refusal to intervene." - Reuters, Apr. 29, 2013.