Governor Bill Richardson today released the following statement regarding U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling blocking parts of Arizona's Immigration Law. "Judge Bolton made the right decision in striking down most of Arizona's unconstitutional law.
However, this is just a temporary victory and the beginning of a long, protracted battle that could end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.
"This ruling should be a signal to both opponents and supporters of the Arizona law that working together on a comprehensive federal immigration plan--that includes increased border security, cracking down on illegal hires and an accountable path to legalization for the eleven million undocumented workers here--is the only solution.
"While this shouldn't be a partisan issue, Republicans who continue to block efforts for
comprehensive reform and Democrats who drag their feet will see the consequences at the polls.
Finally, I hope this ruling will also stop other states from pursuing similar misguided legislation"