Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), member of the Immigration Reform Caucus, released the following statement on the Supreme Court's announcement that they will decide on portions of the Arizona Immigration law, which the Obama administration challenged on the grounds that it undermines the federal government's authority over immigration enforcement:
"While I am thankful the Supreme Court has decided to weigh in on Arizona's illegal immigration law, it is shameful that we have come to this point. The Arizona law came about because the Obama Administration refused to take the necessary actions to secure our borders. The people of Arizona have been dealing with spillover violence from the Mexican drug cartels for too long, and rightfully the state decided it was time to take action in order to protect their citizens. Unfortunately the Obama Administration has only sought to block tougher enforcement of immigration laws, going so far as to take legal action against the state of Arizona. Clearly the United States needs to enforce the immigration laws we already have, as well as push forward on tougher laws to combat the threat of illegal immigration. What's more, we need a partner in the White House who is committed to reforming our broken immigration system, and ensuring the safety and security of the American people."