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US High Court Declines Request to Revive Immigration Law


FILE – Joe Arpaio is the controversial sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact a ruling that struck down an Arizona law that denied bail to illegal immigrants charged with certain felonies.

U.S. immigration population over time, 1850 - 2013
U.S. immigration population over time, 1850 - 2013

The justices rejected an appeal filed by Maricopa County and its controversial sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

Three of the court's conservative justices – Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito – said they would have heard the case. Four of the nine justices must agree to hear a case for the court to take it up.

The court's action means the October 2014 ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the 2006 law is unconstitutional, is the final word in the case.

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