A federal court brief filed by 14 Alabama legislators says an attempt by the U.S. Justice Department to block enforcement of Alabama's new illegal immigration law treads on state sovereignty.
Former Athens mayor Dan Williams also is in the group.
Williams says the Department of Justice claims Alabama's law conflicts with the U.S. Constitution and federal law. He says Alabama has a right to govern itself.
Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, says the state must protect itself because the federal government won't.
The law takes effect Sept. 1.