The U.S. Supreme Court, steering clear of the debate over immigration policy, refused to revive an Alabama law that made it a crime to harbor people who are in the country illegally.
The high court today rejected Alabama’s appeal, leaving intact a ruling that said the state infringed on federal authority by enacting the provision as part of an effort to drive away undocumented immigrants. The rebuff is a victory for the Obama administration, which sued to challenge the law.
In throwing out the provision, an Atlanta-based federal appeals court pointed to a Supreme Court decision last year invalidating parts of Arizona’s immigration law.
The rejection comes as Congress debates proposals to create a path to citizenship for millions of people who entered the U.S. illegally or stayed after their visas had expired.
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