High court turns down appeal on Alabama immigration law

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider a case concerning a 2011 Alabama immigration law that makes it a crime to harbor or transport immigrants not authorized to be in the United States or to induce them to enter or live in the state. The move left in place an appeals court ruling blocking the law.

The justices, as is their custom, offered no reasons for turning down the appeal. Justice Antonin Scalia noted his dissent but also offered no reasoning.

The question in the case was whether the Alabama law conflicted with a similar federal law. In August, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit blocked the state law at the request of the Obama administration.

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