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Arizona Immigration Ruling Is a Huge Victory for American Jobs

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld section 2(b), or the ``Check Your Papers'' provision, of the Arizona immigration law. This requires the police to check the immigration status of persons whom they detain before releasing. Upholding this provision represents a victory for States that are protecting their citizens to retain jobs.

Columbia business leader Chip Prezioso is correct: A country without borders is no longer a country.

The Obama administration has actively prevented States like Arizona and South Carolina from promoting their citizens to keep jobs from competing illegal aliens. The Federal Government has good immigration laws, but Attorney General Eric Holder has refused to enforce them.

As a former immigration attorney, I know we welcome legal immigration. Arizona and South Carolina took proactive steps to ensure that State law enforcement officials are empowered to keep jobs for Americans, instead of illegal aliens.

In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget September the 11th in the global war on terrorism.

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