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Court won't hear Arizona appeal over harboring ban

File photo: The U.S. Supreme Court is shown from the dome of the U.S. Capitol during a media tour December 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. The dome of the U.S. Capitol will be undergoing a restoration project to halt deterioration in the dome's cast iron as well as ensuring the protection of the interior of the dome and rotunda.
File photo: The U.S. Supreme Court is shown from the dome of the U.S. Capitol during a media tour December 19, 2013 in Washington, DC. The dome of the U.S. Capitol will be undergoing a restoration project to halt deterioration in the dome's cast iron as well as ensuring the protection of the interior of the dome and rotunda.
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The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the state of Arizona over a ruling that blocked enforcement of part of Arizona's 2010 immigration law.

The justices had no comment Monday on their order declining to review the ruling that barred police from arresting people for harboring immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found last year that the harboring ban was vague and trumped by federal law, which already prohibits the harboring of people who aren't in the country legally.

The harboring ban was in effect from late July 2010 until a federal judge in Phoenix blocked its enforcement in Sept. 2012 as part of a challenge by civil rights groups.