The state of Alabama is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review part of its law cracking down on illegal immigration.
The state asked the judges Tuesday to review a section of the law that makes it a crime to assist, harbor or transport anyone who's in the country illegally.
Opponents of the law have called the section inhumane, but the state says it doesn't conflict with federal law.
It also says the justices haven't reviewed a similar law in other states including Arizona.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stuck down parts of Alabama's law last year, including the section that prohibits harboring illegal immigrants.
The state argues the provision is constitutional.
Opponents of the law said Wednesday they're disappointed the state is appealing.
"We are deeply disappointed by the state's continued efforts to defend this immoral and reprehensible anti-immigrant law," said Mary Bauer, Legal Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. "Despite the fact that our state has suffered incredible economic and humanitarian costs over the past two years as a result of HB56, Governor Bentley has chosen to continue defending it, and now asks the Supreme Court to sanction the provision that would criminalize the act of giving a ride or shelter to one's neighbor."
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