U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today made the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling on S.B. 1070, the Arizona immigration law:
"While the court ruled that portions of Arizona's immigration law are preempted by federal law, the ability for state law enforcement officials to verify a person's immigration status was upheld. Today's ruling highlights the fact that President Obama has not provided leadership in working with Congress to adequately secure our nation's borders and provide comprehensive immigration reform that is beyond amnesty for those who have broken our laws. It is precisely because the federal government has failed to do its job of securing the border, protecting citizens, and deporting those who are here illegally that states like Arizona have sought to take matters into their own hand. For four years, our nation has needed leadership from the President to tackle this issue. Unfortunately, Americans are still waiting."