U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift a stay blocking enforcement of the state of Arizona's immigration enforcement legislation passed last year:
"It's outrageous that the Obama administration continues to fight to block this common-sense law, which simply allows Arizona to help enforce the immigration laws that the federal government has neglected for years," said Vitter. "That's why I introduced an amendment last year that would have prevented the administration from suing -- with taxpayers' money -- to block the Arizona law and will continue to fight to allow the law to go into effect despite this disappointing decision by the liberal 9th Circuit."
The Arizona law, SB 1070, explicitly forbids racial profiling and grants state law enforcement officials the authority to enforce federal immigration laws by allowing them to inquire about the immigration status of individuals who are lawfully stopped for other crimes. This mirrors existing federal law and does not empower police officers with any new authority. Vitter's legislation last year would have prohibited President Obama's administration, including the Department of Justice and other agencies, from participating in lawsuits seeking to invalidate SB 1070.