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SB 1070 Reaction - What is Everyone Saying?

SB 1070 Reaction - What is Everyone Saying?

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Today the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona’s controversial immigration law, S.B. 1070.  The ruling struck down certain elements of the law while leaving the most emotionally charged element alone - the right to stop someone due to ‘reasonable suspicion’ and ask their immigration status - also known as “papers please”. 

So what is everyone saying?  Is this really an Obama Victory and a AZ Governor Jan Brewer Defeat?  What does Mitt Romney think?  No need to ask Arizona Latinos and Latinos in general, a recent Pew poll shows that 75% of Latino disapprove of the Arizona law. 


CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS

“Arizona’s anti-immigrant law does more harm than good.  S.B. 1070 and laws like it break apart the fabric of our society, harm our public safety, and most of all, do not solve the problem of a broken immigration system.”

U.S. CONGRESSMAN LUIS V. GUTIERREZ

“The Supreme Court dealt a blow to the anti-immigrant movement, but also dealt a blow to Latinos and immigrants living in the United States.  This threatens the safety of all Americans and undermines the fundamental relationship between police and the communities they serve, and I am proud that Chicago is not going down that road.”

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER

“I welcome the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down major provisions of Arizona’s S.B. 1070 on federal preemption grounds.  Today’s ruling appropriately bars the State of Arizona from effectively criminalizing unlawful status in the state and confirms the federal government’s exclusive authority to regulate in the area of immigration.”

PRESIDENT BARRACK OBAMA

“I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law. What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. A patchwork of state laws is not a solution to our broken immigration system – it’s part of the problem.”

ARIZONA GOVERNOR JAN BREWER

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens. After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB
1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.”

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY

The ruling “underscores the need for a President who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy. President Obama has failed to provide any leadership on immigration. This represents yet another broken promise by this President.”

MALDEF

“In a major victory for the U.S. Constitution and Arizona’s immigrant community, today’s Supreme Court decision in Arizona v. U.S. shreds the foundation of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law SB 1070, and should be a cautionary tale for other states with copycat anti-immigrant legislation on the books or in the works.”

HOMELAND SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO

“I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that state laws cannot dictate the federal government’s immigration enforcement policies or priorities. DHS remains focused on enhancing public safety and the integrity of our border by prioritizing enforcement resources on those who are in the country unlawfully and committing crimes, those who have repeatedly violated our immigration laws, and those who recently crossed our borders illegally. The Court’s decision not to strike down Section Two at this time will make DHS’ work more challenging. Finally, it is important to note that today’s Supreme Court decision will not impact the memorandum I issued on June 15th related to prosecutorial discretion eligibility for productive members of society who were brought to the United States as children.”