Arizona Rejected by High Court on Immigrant-Harboring Law

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive an Arizona law that made it a crime to harbor or transport people who are in the country illegally, as the justices steered clear of a new clash over immigration rules.

Rejecting Arizona’s appeal, the nation’s highest court today let stand an appellate ruling that said the law was unconstitutionally vague and ran afoul of U.S. immigration law.

The Arizona law was part of a 2010 effort by the state to reduce the influx of undocumented immigrants. The Supreme Court invalidated much of the crackdown in 2012, saying states must defer to the federal government on immigration policy.

The high court over the past year has rejected several bids by states and local governments for more power to curb illegal immigration. The justices turned away a similar appeal from Alabama last year.

The Arizona harboring rules were challenged by people and groups that said they might face prosecution for providing transportation and shelter to undocumented immigrants. Arizona argued that the challengers lacked the legal right to sue, contending that they needed to show a greater likelihood that they would face prosecution.

The state also argued that its harboring measure complies with federal statutes and the Constitution.

The case is Arizona v. Valle Del Sol, 13-806.

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