U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, chairman of the 112th Class Immigration Caucus and the former mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where he instituted the Illegal Immigration Relief Act, the first local ordinance cracking down on illegal immigration in the nation, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court opinion in the case of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law, SB 1070:
"By upholding the central part of SB 1070 -- which was also the most controversial part of the Arizona law -- thousands of properly trained law enforcement officers in Arizona can help the federal government enforce immigration law. Increased enforcement will be an additional deterrent and make it much more difficult for illegal aliens to hide in Arizona, take jobs away from American citizens and legal immigrants, and obtain benefits through the use of fraudulent documents.
"Today's opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court clearly reinforces that states can work in harmony with the federal government to address the problems caused by illegal immigration, including fraud and crime. The Supreme Court has once again ruled that states do play an integral part in combating illegal immigration.
"Because the federal government has failed to enforce immigration laws, states have been forced to defend themselves. Today, the Supreme Court said that states do have a role if they work in harmony with federal law."