Today, in a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court upheld one provision, while striking down three others in the Arizona vs. the United States immigration case. The Court examined the interaction between federal and state power -- as it applied to a 2010 Arizona state immigration law (S.B.1070) -- holding that three of the four provisions of Arizona's law were preempted by federal law. In response to the decision, Congressman J. Randy Forbes issued the following statement:
"While I am pleased the Supreme Court recognized the right for local law enforcement officials to check immigration status before releasing detained persons, I am disappointed that the Court's ruling prevents States from protecting its citizens and combating illegal immigration.
One of the federal government's primary responsibilities is to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws -- a responsibility that the current Administration has failed to fulfill. As Justice Scalia said in his dissent, "to say, as the Court does, that Arizona contradicts federal law by enforcing applications of the Immigration Act that the President declines to enforce boggles the mind.'
I believe that state and local governments have the authority to enforce immigration laws and cooperation among federal, state and local authorities should be encouraged. I will continue to work to ensure that Congress does everything in its power to gain operational control of the border and enforce our nation's laws."