Supreme Court rejects Alabama appeal over immigration law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An attorney for the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center says the U.S. Supreme Court has turned down Alabama’s appeal to revive portions of the state’s immigration law.

The justices on Monday left in place a federal appeals court ruling that blocked parts of the law. Justice Antonin Scalia voted to hear the appeal.

SPLC attorney Sam Brooke says he is not surprised because lower courts have already said immigration reform was a function of the federal government and not the states.

Brooke says he hopes the ruling would motivate Congress to seek meaningful reform.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Luther Strange, Joy Patterson, says Scalia’s vote is a sign that once additional courts have considered the issue, the Supreme Court will grant review.