Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Supreme Court won't revive Alabama immigration law

The Supreme Court has voted on the Alabama law and rejected it.  - - Donna Poisl

By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court made it clear Monday that enforcing immigration laws was reserved for the federal government, not the states.

By an 8-1 vote, the justices rejected a request from Alabama to revive part of a 2011 law designed to drive out illegal immigrants. That year saw a wave of new laws in Republican-controlled states where lawmakers decried federal inaction. Alabama's was deemed the toughest.

State officials said that if federal authorities were not going to arrest illegal immigrants, their police would take on the task.
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