Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court's declared three out of four key provisions of Arizona's SB 1070 unconstitutional:
"Today's decision by the Supreme Court to reject much of Arizona's controversial immigration law is welcome news. However, I remain deeply concerned about the "show-me-your-papers" provision that requires the police to check immigration status of anyone they stop or detain. This would encourage racial profiling and could lead to prolonged detention, even for those who are in this country legally. Under the Constitution, only the federal government has the power to regulate immigration, and yet the Supreme Court is allowing Arizona to stay in the business of enforcing U.S. immigration law.
"I signed the amicus curiae brief against Arizona's law because I believe our nation's strength derives from weaving immigrants into our social and economic fabric, not tearing them out of it. Arizona's law is un-American because it ignores American values, individual rights under our Constitution, and institutionalizes fear of immigrants."