Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) released the following statement today after the Supreme Court handed down its decision on the Arizona immigration law, S.B. 1070:
"Though the decision wasn't clear and simple, I am pleased that the Court upheld what I believe to be the heart and soul of the law, the "show me your papers" requirement. Now that President Obama and his agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have clear guidance from the Court, it is my hope that they will take seriously the responsibility that rests with the federal government in protecting our borders and enforcing our laws. I had no problem with Arizona trying to address the pressing issues relating to the large number of illegal aliens in its state. But, it is time the federal government -- both Congress and the Executive Branch -- dutifully accept its role and work together to address our nation's illegal immigration problems."