Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-07) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Arizona immigration law SB 1070:
"In light of my strong opposition to Alabama's own controversial immigration law HB 56, I am pleased that the majority of Arizona's immigration law was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. However, I am greatly concerned with the Court's decision to uphold the provision that leaves the door open for racial profiling and discrimination by allowing officers to check the immigration status of lawful immigrants, minorities and even American citizens based on "suspicion.' As the Representative of Alabama's 7th Congressional District, where many fought, bled and died for the equal treatment of all Americans, I believe this law undermines those civil rights and equal protections by allowing individuals to be targeted based on the color of their skin. The Supreme Court has expressed the need for further review of this section of the law and it is my hope that this provision will be overturned upon further scrutiny.
Today's decision by the Supreme Court illustrates the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform. It is irresponsible to rely on a state by state piecemeal approach such as Arizona SB 1070 and Alabama HB 56. I remain committed to working together with the President and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in Congress on passing real comprehensive immigration reform."