Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) released the following statement today, after the United States Supreme Court rejected most provisions of Arizona's anti-Latino law, S.B. 1070:
"The Supreme Court's decision to reject most aspects of Arizona's SB 1070 upholds the Constitution of the United States, and makes it clear that immigration should be exclusively the jurisdiction of the federal government. I support the Constitution, and believe we must proceed with the utmost caution on all legal matters to ensure we respect our nation's guiding framework. Once we start changing the Constitution, we change everything. "
"I am disappointed that the Court upheld the discriminatory "show me your papers' provisions of the law. I fear that this misguided provision will inevitably lead to racial profiling. The simple truth is that if this provision is implemented, some Americans will be forced to prove their citizenship based on the color of their skin while others will stand little or no chance of being affected."
"I continue to wear a wrist band in solidarity with the families that may be victimized by this unjust law. Moving forward, I will continue to work with my colleagues to protect civil rights and stop the immoral "show me your papers' provisions of S.B. 1070 from being implemented."
"Ultimately, we must pass a comprehensive immigration reform to fix our broken system. Comprehensive reform means increased border security, tough sanctions against employers who violate the law and a responsible pathway to citizenship for immigrants who want to contribute. It is the only realistic solution to the immigration issue that respects both the law of the land, and our history as a nation of immigrants."