U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement in advance of the Arizona immigration law heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"The Arizona law is absolutely constitutional. If President Obama doesn't want states to act on immigration, he should start doing his job and controlling the border himself, not looking the other way," Vitter said.
Vitter serves as chairman of the U.S. Senate Border Security and Enforcement First Immigration Caucus and has been a vocal supporter of the Arizona immigration law.
In November 2011, Sens. Vitter, Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) offered legislation to prohibit President Obama's administration, including the Department of Justice (DOJ) and other agencies, from participating in lawsuits against South Carolina, Alabama and Arizona over recently passed immigration laws.
In May 2011, Vitter applauded the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold an Arizona law that requires all businesses to check to make sure their employees are in the country legally.
In 2010, Vitter also introduced an amendment that would have prevented the administration from suing with taxpayers' money to block the Arizona law.
The Arizona law, SB 1070, grants state law enforcement officials the authority to enforce federal immigration laws by allowing them to inquire about the immigration status of individuals who are lawfully stopped for other crimes. This mirrors existing federal law and does not empower police officers with any new authority. Vitter's 2010 legislation would have prohibited President Obama's administration, including the Department of Justice and other agencies, from participating in lawsuits seeking to invalidate SB 1070.