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Tim Kaine Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Immigration


Location: Richmond, VA

In response to the decision delivered by the United States Supreme Court in the case of Arizona v. United States, former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine released the following statement:

"I have always believed that truly comprehensive immigration reform will require all sides to come together to strike a balance to secure our borders and retain and attract the best and brightest talent to contribute to our economy and our communities. Unfortunately, while today's ruling by the Supreme Court struck down many of the troubling provisions of the Arizona law, it also encourages a patchwork system of local policies that will not address our national immigration challenges. I continue to support comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level as well as the DREAM Act.

"My opponent has long made it clear that he will obstruct meaningful immigration reform. George Allen fought against President Reagan's bipartisan immigration reforms and sponsored extreme legislation to end birthright citizenship. As Senator, he opposed President Bush's bipartisan reform proposals. Recently, he declared his outright opposition to the DREAM Act. We don't need more voices of obstruction in the Senate. We need problem solvers committed to building our economy by making sure America is a home for talent."

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