ATLANTA - After the U.S. Supreme Court this week agreed to rule on Arizona's law targeting illegal immigrants, some states with similar statutes asked Thursday for delayed legal action on their laws pending the high court's decision.

The court will review a federal appeals ruling that blocked parts of the Arizona law, which the Obama administration challenged. Similar laws in Alabama, South Carolina, and Utah also face suits by both the U.S. government and activist groups. Civil liberties and immigrant rights groups sued over laws adopted in Georgia and Indiana. Alabama and Georgia asked a federal appeals court to delay hearings on the challenges set for early next year. South Carolina asked that its law be allowed to take effect.