Today, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard joined with 66 members of Congress in calling on the Supreme Court to rule against Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law:
"Today, I join 66 of my colleagues in Congress in calling on the Supreme Court to reject the draconian Arizona immigration law," Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard said. "The Court has affirmed on multiple occasions that immigration enforcement is fundamentally a federal responsibility and a patchwork of state laws in the mold of SB 1070 won't get us any closer to solving this pressing national challenge.
More importantly, the Arizona law raises basic questions about the kind of country we want America to be. Should it be a place where a mother can be stopped and questioned on the street just because of the way she looks? Where a family breadwinner can be asked to show his documents at a moment's notice or face imprisonment? Where law enforcement officers sworn to protect their communities instead become instruments of intolerance?
Our founding fathers had unambiguous answers to these questions. They understood the value of equal justice under the law and enshrined this guiding principle in our constitution. I urge the Supreme Court to reject the notion that fixing our broken immigration system requires that we disregard the rights and freedoms that draw people to this country in the first place."