Court rejects Alabama appeal over immigration law

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIAT) – The United States Supreme Court refuses to consider a case that centers on parts of Alabama’s immigration law.

The decision comes a year after the state asked the high court to intervene and revive parts of the law.

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals issued injunctions to the law blocking the harboring measure after opponents filed a lawsuit.

The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA) is the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.

It surrounds Section XIII of the law, which relates to harboring and transporting people in the country illegally.

Several area churches also joined the lawsuit.

“Their argument was that, oftentimes we pick people up and bring them to church,” HICA Executive Director Isabel Rubio says. “So, we are just delighted that the Supreme Court said ‘We’re not going to hear this.’”

The 11th Circuit’s ruling said that immigration laws are primarily the responsibility of the federal government, and the state of Alabama lacks the authority to enforce challenged provisions.

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