U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), senior member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, made the following statement regarding his decision not to attend Senate Democrats' hearing on Arizona state law, SB 1070:
"I will not participate in today's hearing because it is strictly political theater. The timing of the hearing just one day ahead of the Supreme Court's review of the law suggests that its purpose is either to influence the court's decision or to garner publicity. The failure of Senate Democrats to seek input from any members of the Arizona congressional delegation before scheduling the hearing further demonstrates that it is intended to be more of a spectacle than a forum for learning anything useful for policymaking. The Supreme Court will decide the case on its merits and that is how it should be."