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Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on the Arizona Immigration Law


Location: Washington, DC

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after the Supreme Court declared three out of four key provisions of Arizona's SB 1070 unconstitutional:

"While I am pleased that the Supreme Court struck down the vast majority of Arizona's immigration law, I share the concerns of President Obama and many legal organizations over the decision to leave in place the dangerous "show-me-your-papers' provision. This provision of the law keeps the door open to blatant discrimination against American citizens, minorities, and immigrants. The Court has said this section needs additional review, and I am hopeful that it will be struck down in the future.

"The Supreme Court's ruling is a clear reminder of the urgent need to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Democrats have always been ready to work across the aisle and pass legislation without further delay. However, Republicans have chosen a confrontational course -- calling Arizona's law a "model' for reform; refusing to pass the DREAM Act; and standing in the way of bipartisan action to pass real reform.

"No state should be in the business of weakening civil rights. Moving forward, we must act to uphold our values by fighting for reform that secures our borders, upholds the rule of law, protects our workers, unites families, and provides a pathway to legalization."

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