Conservatives to Rally in Support of Ala. Immigration Law

By STAFF | September 20, 2011 | 5:00 AM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Tea Party conservatives are planning a rally in support of Alabama's new law against illegal immigration.

Members of the Rainy Day Patriots are staging a demonstration in favor of the Republican-backed law in Hoover on Tuesday evening. Organizers say they hope to send a message to a federal judge who's currently deciding whether to uphold the law.

U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn of Birmingham has put the law on hold until she decides whether it's constitutional. Supporters of the law say states should have the right to crack down on illegal immigration because the federal government isn't doing enough.

Among other things, the law makes it a crime to knowingly hire or assist an illegal immigrant.