henry_parsley.jpgMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) _ More than 20 religious leaders and officials with church-operated charities say in affidavits filed in federal court in Birmingham that a new state immigration law would block them from providing food, shelter and transportation to the poor.

The Episcopal Bishop of Alabama, Henry Parsley, said in an affidavit the law would force church members to break the law when they follow the Biblical mandate to “share God's love with others'' regardless of immigration status.

The affidavits were filed in support of a lawsuit filed by Parsley and two other church leaders seeking to block the law.

It's one of three lawsuits that have been consolidated in federal court in Birmingham. A judge will consider Wednesday a motion seeking to temporarily block the law from taking effect on Sept. 1.