The Supreme Court on Monday decided not to hear a case against Alabama’s HB 56, one of the most stringent anti-immigrant laws in the country. The justices’ decision to reject the case means that the lower court’s opinion — which struck down large chunks of the law — will stand.
A decision by a federal court in August of last year invalidated two provisions in the law: One would have allowed teachers to ask students about their immigration status, and the other would have made it illegal for documented residents or citizens to have a business interaction with undocumented ones. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s inaction on Monday, those two provisions are permanently struck down.
HB 56 was crafted to create an environment so hostile to undocumented immigrants that they left the state or, as conservatives termed it “self-deported.” The law will still block undocumented immigrants from obtaining drivers’ or business licenses.