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U.S. Rep Gregory W. Meeks Welcomes Supreme Court's Rejection of Three of Four Provisions of Arizona Immigration Law


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Arizona Immigration Law S.B. 1070:

"Today's Supreme Court decision overturning three of the four provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law is a sweeping rebuke to the attempt of the Arizona state legislature and governor to assert states' rights and resuscitate the long discredited doctrine of interposition and nullification. Unfortunately, the Court did uphold the provision that requires police in Arizona to check the immigration status of anyone they have "a reasonable suspicion" of being in the United States illegally.

"But, even here the Court allowed for future law suits should a pattern and practice of racial profiling arise from the actual implementation of this provision. In effect, the Supreme Court is warning Arizona officials that there is a limit on far it will permit them to go in carrying out the remaining provision.

"Thank goodness President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder had the fortitude and foresight to challenge the constitutionality of the Arizona law and similar statutes passed by other states.

"It really says a lot when most of the provisions of this law were too extreme for the normally fixed conservative majority of the Roberts court. This makes Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's reaction all the more alarming. Romney contends "that each state has the duty -- and the right -- to secure our borders." In effect, the man who would be president of the United States argues for the chaos of 50 different immigration policies.

"I believe this decision underscores the urgency of comprehensive immigration reform and in fact could create an opportunity for a renewed effort if a critical mass of Democrats and Republicans in Congress put partisanship aside. I applaud the President's willingness to "work with anyone in Congress who's willing to make progress on comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our economic needs and security needs, and upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.' I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in both houses of Congress to negotiate a bipartisan compromise that achieves this goal."

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