MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- State officials want the Alabama Supreme Court to decide if a new state law cracking down on illegal immigration violates state law.
A motion filed Wednesday asks a federal judge to seek a ruling from the state Supreme Court on whether the new law complies with religious freedom protections in the Alabama Constitution. A lawsuit filed by church leaders challenges provisions of the law that make it a crime to provide shelter or transportation for an illegal immigrant.
The lawsuit, one of three federal suits seeking to stop the law, says the law would force believers to violate the Biblical edict to be a "good Samaritan."
An attorney for the church leaders, Augusta Dowd, says they believe the law violates the U.S. Constitution and should be decided in federal court.