The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Arizona’s appeal of a lower court ruling on the state’s “harboring” law. The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals had blocked implementation of the measure, which made it a state crime to knowingly harbor or transport illegal aliens.
The “harboring” law was enacted in 2010 as part of SB 1070. The Supreme Court in 2012 invalidated a few provisions of SB 1070 but did not address its harboring provisions. A coalition of illegal-alien advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, sued to obtain an injunction against the measure.
Judge Susan Bolton of the U.S. District Court in Phoenix issued an injunction in 2012 to keep the law from being enforced while the question was litigated. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that injunction. The case now returns to Bolton for further consideration.
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