Congressman Steve Womack released the below statement following Monday's 5-3 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down key parts of Arizona's immigration law [SB 1070]. Section 2B, the "stop and check" provision requiring law enforcement officers to determine immigration status during any lawful stop was upheld.
"I am pleased that the Court has upheld the core provision of the Arizona law--allowing local law enforcement with reasonable suspicion to determine individuals' immigration status--but disappointed that states like Arizona continue to suffer under the nonfeasance of federal authorities on illegal immigration.
"As I have said before, the solutions to this problem are simple--secure the border and develop a long-term immigration policy that encourages lawful behavior. Anything short of that is merely wishful thinking that this problem will go away. It won't.
"As a former Mayor, I can attest to the plight of local communities caught between the issues propounded by illegal immigration and a do-nothing federal government."