The Supreme Court of the United States handed down their ruling today on Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration Bill SB1070, and struck down key provisions of the Bill that was contested by the Department of Justice on its constitutionality. By a 5-3 vote, the court struck down three parts of the immigration law, but upheld the controversial “show me your papers” provision which opens the door for racial profiling.
The Justice Department’s argument is the U.S. Constitution, which states that Foreign Policy is the sole domain of the Federal Government, and immigration falls under Foreign Policy.
It would be total chaos with 50 States each creating their own Foreign Policies, which is why the framers of the Constitution rendered the Federal Government with Foreign Policy decisions, and not State governments.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the “Obama administration was right to challenge this law”.
“The Supreme Court was right to strike down the vast majority of the Arizona law. With three out of the four provisions being struck down, the ruling shows that the Obama administration was right to challenge this law, which was not just ill-advised but also unconstitutional.
“I am greatly concerned that the provision putting American citizens in danger of being detained by police unless they carry their immigration papers at all times will lead to a system of racial profiling. This is a strong reminder that ultimately, the responsibility for fixing our nation’s broken immigration system lies with Congress.
President Obama’s decision to defer deportation of young people brought here through no fault of their own was necessary precisely because Republicans have so far refused to work with Democrats on forging common-sense solutions to our immigration challenge that are fair, tough and practical.
Senator Reid also criticized Mitt Romney for saying that the immigration law could be seen as a “model” for a national immigration policy.
“Looking ahead to the immigration debate, it is disturbing that Mitt Romney called the unconstitutional Arizona law a ‘model’ for immigration reform,” Reid added. “Laws that legalize discrimination are not compatible with our nation’s ideals and traditions of equal rights, and the idea that such an unconstitutional law should serve as a ‘model’ for national reform is far outside the American mainstream.”
Governor Brian Sandoval (R-NV)
“While I have always supported Arizona’s tenth amendment right to enact laws to address its unique concerns with public safety and have said all along the law is not needed in Nevada, I understand and respect the Supreme Court’s application of the Supremacy Clause. This decision makes it clear that the President and Congress must come together and reform our immigration system.”
Nevada State Senator Ruben Kihuen commented on his Twitter account:
Glad SCOTUS rejected most provisions of AZ’s anti-immigrant law. But it ratified what Sheriff Arpaio has already been doing: racial profiling.
This is why it is crucial for Congress to act on a permanent solution & pass comprehensive immigration reform. #SB1070decision
U.S. Senate candidate Shelley Berkley:
“While it’s heartening that the Supreme Court rejected several parts of Arizona’s radical immigration law, I am deeply disappointed they did not strike down the most discriminatory portion that will force even more people into the shadows. I have opposed this law from the beginning while my opponent, Senator Dean Heller, not only supports it, but wants to bring it here to Nevada. We cannot allow that to happen.
“Unfortunately, Washington Republicans like Senator Heller are continuing to block any progress on fixing our broken immigration system and passing commonsense legislation like the DREAM Act.”
Mitt Romney also commented on today’s ruling with his talking point LIE, saying that “in 4 years President Obama has broken his promise to Hispanics” by doing nothing on immigration policy.
But, the fact is the DREAM Act was passed in the Democratic controlled House by then Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But Republicans in the Senate used the filibuster to stop the DREAM Act in December 2010. In every attempt to pass the DREAM Act, as well as everything else related to immigration, or the economy, jobs, and energy, the Republicans have used the filibuster to stop it.
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