Reaction from both sides as SCOTUS makes Ala. immigration ruling - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Reaction from both sides as SCOTUS makes Ala. immigration ruling

Posted: Updated:
MGN Online MGN Online
  • More newsMore>>

  • 22 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

    22 trapped gold miners rescued in Nicaragua

    Saturday, August 30 2014 4:13 PM EDT2014-08-30 20:13:14 GMT
    Rescuers using long ladders tried to get food and water to freelance miners trapped in a Nicaraguan gold mine, as the effort to reach the 24 men entered its second day.More >>
    Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing...More >>
  • Ferguson slowly starting to make comeback

    Ferguson slowly starting to make comeback

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:40:37 GMT
    The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. More >>
    The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they've got a long...More >>
  • Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

    Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

    Saturday, August 30 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-08-30 19:23:44 GMT
    As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.More >>
    As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Reaction is coming in from both sides of the debate following news that the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Alabama's appeal regarding rejected portions of the state's immigration law.

Attorney General office spokeswoman Joy Patterson issued the following statement:

"We are disappointed that the Court decided not to consider this case, over Justice Scalia's dissent. Many other states are facing similar litigation, and the lower court in our case was the first federal court of appeals to consider this particular issue. Other cases raising the issue from other states are likely to appear at the Supreme Court in the future. Hopefully Justice Scalia's vote indicates that once those additional courts have weighed in, the Supreme Court will be willing to grant review.

The case will now go back down to the trial court. The parties and the court will have to sort through which issues have now been resolved by the Supreme Court in Arizona and the Eleventh Circuit in our cases. Some issues will require further litigation, while other issues will not."'

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which staunchly opposed the legislation, issued its own statement saying the decision was what it expected.

"The high court invalidated most of Arizona's immigration law last year, stating unequivocally that immigration is a federal issue and states may not create their own enforcement schemes," said SPLC attorney Sam Brooke. "That is why the lower courts already blocked Alabama's law."

In deciding not to hear Alabama's appeal, the Supreme Court left intact the lower court's ruling to block the provisions.

The portions of the state's immigration law that were blocked included Sections 10, 11(a, f, and g), 27, and 28. Those sections made it a crime to harbor someone who is living in Alabama illegally or failure to register one's immigration status. It criminalized an illegal immigrant's search for work, denied the ability to enter a contract with an illegal immigrant, and required immigration verification of K-12 public school students.

"We need meaningful and comprehensive immigration reform from Washington, D.C.," Brooke said. "Hopefully the lessons learned from H.B. 56 will motivate Congress to act quickly to address this pressing issue."

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed.

Powered by WorldNow