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Bright Stands With Obama Administration, Opposes AZ Immigration Law

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Location: Montgomery, AL

In a recent Washington Post article Congressman Bobby Bright indicated that he opposes the tough immigration law recently passed in Arizona because it would encourage racial profiling.

Just last week the Justice Department filed a lawsuit to overturn the immigration law and asked for an injunction to stop enforcement of the law.

"The federal government has failed to enforce its own laws on immigration," said Martha Roby, Republican candidate for Alabama's Second Congressional District. "I stand with the people of Arizona who were forced to address this vital issue because of the inaction of the federal government."

"By opposing this law, Bobby Bright is telling the people of Arizona just to turn a blind eye to what is happening on the border and across their state," said Roby. "I believe rampant illegal immigration is compromising our national security and should be fought with all means necessary."

"Rather than criticizing Arizona for trying to address this problem, Bobby Bright ought to question why the federal government is not holding up their side of the bargain," said Roby.

On the Montgomery City Council Roby chaired the committee that drafted an ordinance punishing businesses that harbor illegal immigrants.

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"Speight, who queried the lawmaker on Arizona's new immigration law, explained later that he likes Bright because he is a "Republican masquerading as a Democrat.'…Yet that doesn't fully capture the congressman's profile. Bright opposes Arizona's law because, he says, it could encourage racial profiling." (Amy Gardner, "Ala. congressman avoids perils of anti-government backlash," The Washington Post, 7/12/10)


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