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Conyers: Supreme Court Ruling Affirms It's the Federal Government's Job to Fix Our Broken Immigration System


Location: Washington, DC

Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) released this statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision in Arizona v. United States, which held unconstitutional several key provisions of Arizona's immigration law S.B. 1070, and upheld the preeminence of the federal government in determining immigration law and policy.

"Today's Supreme Court ruling in Arizona v. U.S. strikes down all but one of the provisions in question in Arizona's dangerous anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070," said Conyers. "The ruling re-affirms the preeminent role of the federal government in immigration, and validates the administration's own efforts to set effective and humane immigration enforcement priorities. Although the Court did not strike down the "show me your papers' provision, which is an open invitation to racial profiling, the Court narrowly construed the provision and specifically left it open to further challenges. This Supreme Court ruling makes clear that it is the federal government's job to fix our broken immigration system, and I will continue to urge my colleagues in the House to take up comprehensive immigration reform."

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