Quin Hillyer on Ala. Immigration Law

Quin Hillyer on Ala. Immigration Law

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MOBILE, Ala. -

This week, the US Supreme Court refused to hear Alabama's challenge to a lower court ruling that struck down major portions of the state's immigration law.

Two years ago, Alabama followed up on Arizona's controversial immigration law with one that was seen as even more severe.

The two states' laws have been linked in the legal challenges.

The only major aspect of Alabama's 2011 immigration law that's still alive is a measure that directs police to conduct immigration status checks during traffic stops and other routine law enforcement contact.

Alabama was hoping to salvage one last part of the law that authorized police to arrest people who hid or transported illegal immigrants, but the Supreme Court voted 8-to-1 this week not to hear arguments on the issue.

News 5 political analyst Quin Hillyer says the court's action, and the law, are being misinterpreted.

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