U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S (R-AZ) issued the following statement today regarding the United States Supreme Court's decision on Arizona v. United States:
"Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Arizona's right to protect its citizens. In Congress, I have been a strong voice for holding this administration accountable for its failure to enforce existing laws. Arizona was forced to take up the fight to secure its borders because the federal government has repeatedly let down our state and its citizens. Our families and communities have suffered greatly because of the blind eye this administration has turned towards this dire situation. The consequences of our unsecure border and lax immigration enforcement include border violence, drug and gun smuggling and increased crime throughout our state. This is why I have always supported the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (S.B. 1070)," Gosar said.
Congressman Gosar continued, "The Obama Administration was wrong in its decision to sue our state and even more wrong to not enforce existing laws. Arizona has always been a leader in the fight for state's rights, and I am confident Arizona will continue this fight moving forward."
The Court studied four portions of S.B.1070, striking down three portions while upholding the key provision which strengthens Arizona law enforcement's ability to verify the immigration status of someone who is lawfully being detained.