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Cruz Statement on Arizona Immigration Ruling


Location: Austin, TX

Ted Cruz, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, made the following statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070:

"The federal government is utterly failing to secure our borders. When Arizona stepped in to address out-of-control illegal immigration, liberal groups attacked Arizona and the Obama Administration sued the State. Rather than actually enforce our Nation's immigration laws--which is the President's explicit constitutional obligation--President Obama instead asked the Supreme Court to strike down Arizona's law."

"Today, the Supreme Court upheld the central provision of the Arizona law. Although the Court unfortunately struck down other provisions of the Arizona law, the Court held that there is no barrier in federal law to States' requiring local law enforcement to check on the immigration status of those criminally detained. This makes clear that sanctuary cities exist only because of state and local decision-making; it highlights that we have sanctuary cities in Texas only because Lt. Gov. Dewhurst killed the bill that would have ended sanctuary cities. Had the Texas Legislature passed that bill--had Lt. Governor Dewhurst not run from the fight and prevented its passage--then today's decision would have upheld that Texas law as well."

"We need leaders who will get serious about enforcing the border: triple the border patrol; use walls, fences, and technology; end sanctuary cities; repeal Obama's newly ordered amnesty; and end benefits like in-state tuition for illegal aliens."

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