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The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to uphold one but strike down three key elements of Arizona's tough immigration law prompted an outpouring of reaction from both sides of the issue.
Here are some of the comments received at CBS 5 News. It will be updated as comments continue to be received:
"The Supreme Court today affirmed what proponents of SB 1070 have long held: that the core provision of the bill is not unconstitutional and, moreover, is in perfect keeping with current immigration law, which the Obama Administration has simply decided it'd prefer not to enforce.
"Today's decision is a victory both for the state of Arizona and for every state struggling under the burden of a federal government that is willingly and shamefully derelict in their duty to control border crime."
- U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ
"The Supreme Court's decision today regarding SB 1070 is a mixed bag at best. But one thing is certain: with its efforts suing Arizona, the Obama Administration has focused time and resources that could have been better spent securing the border."
- U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, R-AZ
"Today's Supreme Court decision that much of SB 1070 is unconstitutional is a stark reminder of the need for Congress to act immediately on comprehensive immigration reform. It also reminds us that our State Legislature should stop focusing on divisive issues and instead spend their time on job creation and smart economic development for the State of Arizona."
- Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton
"Senate Bill 1070 resulted in new state laws for Arizona. Most of the law has been in effect since July 29, 2010. It is the duty of the sworn officers of the City of Phoenix Police Department to enforce all laws.
The Phoenix Police Department embraces a philosophy of "policing with a purpose," focused on nurturing and protecting democracy, ensuring justice, embracing the spirit of service, fundamental fairness, and protecting our communities from harm. Treating people with dignity and respect is the ethical foundation of law enforcement.
The law went into effect on July 29, 2010, with the Federal District Court in Phoenix issuing an injunction blocking four provisions of the law (see attached). There are some basic facts everyone should know when discussing Senate Bill 1070:
The Phoenix Police Department has been enforcing the non-enjoined portions of SB1070 since July 2010, and will continue to enforce the law in compliance with the Supreme Court's decision.
Many individuals are concerned about the effect the United States Supreme Court ruling may have on the methods of the Phoenix Police Department to enforce the law. Everyone who lives in or visits our city should be assured that the officers of the Phoenix Police Department will enforce all laws, including SB1070, in a manner to ensure equal justice under the law is provided to every person irrespective of race, color or national origin.
The Phoenix Police Department will not tolerate a violation of any persons' civil rights.
The Phoenix Police Department will continue to concentrate our resources on crime suppression efforts specifically aimed at violent criminals and property crimes that have negative influences on our communities.
In anticipation of the Supreme Court ruling the Governor issued an executive order directing the Arizona Police Officers Standards and Training Board to provide training for all law enforcement in Arizona. We will continue to train the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department on proper procedures to ensure compliance with the highest professional standard of providing equal justice under the law.
The Phoenix Police Department is fully prepared to protect all individuals who exercise their First Amendment rights to demonstrate in a law-abiding manner, and will treat all people with dignity and respect while protecting the community from harm. Demonstrations held within the scope of the laws are constitutionally protected and will be protected by the Phoenix Police Department. Activities in violation of state law or city ordinances will not be tolerated.
The Police Department and the City Attorney are thoroughly studying the Supreme Court ruling that was issued this morning to ensure that our officers are complying fully with their decision."
-Daniel V. Garcia, Phoenix Police Chief
"I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that state laws cannot dictate the federal government's immigration enforcement policies or priorities. DHS remains focused on enhancing public safety and the integrity of our border by prioritizing enforcement resources on those who are in the country unlawfully and committing crimes, those who have repeatedly violated our immigration laws, and those who recently crossed our borders illegally. The Court's decision not to strike down Section Two at this time will make DHS' work more challenging. Accordingly, DHS will implement operational enhancements to its programs in Arizona to ensure that the agency can remain focused on its priorities."
- Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security
"The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the requirement that Arizona police officers try to determine the immigration status of those stopped or arrested and suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. However, even this silver lining is undercut by the Court striking down the state's right to enact other key elements of SB1070, including making it a crime for illegal immigrants to work in Arizona."
- Wil Cardon, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate
"Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the 10th Amendment and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their citizens. After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.
"Of course, today's ruling does not mark the end of our journey. It can be expected that legal challenges to SB 1070 and the State of Arizona will continue. Our critics are already preparing new litigation tactics in response to their loss at the Supreme Court, and undoubtedly will allege inequities in the implementation of the law. As I said two years ago on the day I signed SB 1070 into law, 'We cannot give them that chance. We must use this new tool wisely, and fight for our safety with the honor Arizona deserves.'"
- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer
"In a strongly worded 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court today rejected Arizona-style overreach, but upheld the law's most dangerous provision, which gave the green light to discrimination and racial profiling. While the decision sends a clear signal to right-wing legislators in Arizona, Alabama, and other states that most state anti-immigrant legislation is not only morally wrong but also indisputably unconstitutional, it does little to address the humanitarian crisis taking place in Arizona today.
Arizona's children, families and workers have been living under Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's campaign of terror for years and will be irreparably harmed if he is given new powers under SB 1070's Section 2(b).
We must never forget that immoral Jim Crow segregation laws targeting African-Americans were upheld by generations of Supreme Court rulings. Despite a hostile court, however, the civil rights movement - with the help of unions -- was able to overcome the oppression of Jim Crow. Similarly, today we are confident that working people - no matter their race, gender, age or immigration status - can join together to fix our country's broken immigration system and defend core American ideals and freedoms.
The Obama administration must take responsibility to solve the crisis too, starting with immediate suspension of the infamous "Secure Communities" program, an ill-conceived immigration enforcement program launched in 2008 that is essentially the blueprint for Arizona's racial profiling provision.
The movement for the rights of workers - whether U.S.-born or aspiring citizens - is about to enter a new phase, and we pledge to stand together on the side of justice and fairness.Today's decision only strengthens our resolve to stand together to make change happen."
- AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and National Day Laborer Organizing Network Executive Director Pablo Alvarado
"I note that in his response to today's Supreme Court ruling, President Obama called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. I also note that the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill I helped draft in 2007 was killed - in part - by then-Senator Obama. Now, I am calling on the President to uphold his oath of office and enforce the laws passed by Congress. If he wants to change federal law, there is a constitutional process for that, but he doesn't have the right to make his own law."
- U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, Republican Whip
"The court's ruling in part confirms what we have said since the beginning: Arizona's war of attrition against immigrants is not only inhumane, it's also unconstitutional. However, upholding the racial profiling section poses a great risk to the constitution the court is charged to defend and to the Arizona families who will be targeted if it goes into effect.
"America's proudest history is defined by moments when people deemed 'illegal' have fought for and won their emancipation, and today is no different. The very people Arizona seeks to incarcerate and expel will be the people who uphold America's most cherished constitutional values."
- Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network
"This is a victory. Three of the four key provisions of this law were struck down. The last provision is hanging on by a thread. The majority of SB 1070 is unconstitutional and all of it is bad public policy. Arizonans deserve better than this from their public servants."
- State Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Dist. 13
"Arizonans are well served by the Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070 today. This law intensified partisan bickering and failed to provide a meaningful remedy to the immigration issue. While it would have been better to see the whole law struck down, this moves us in the right direction."
- State Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Dist. 16
"The Supreme Court has sent two messages today: that states cannot pass policies that undermine federal law and that Congress must act on comprehensive reform in order to address this issue and avoid these kinds of legal conflicts. We cannot begin to honestly solve the issue of illegal immigration until those in Congress are willing to have meaningful discussions on comprehensive reform.
- Sen. David Schapira, D-Dist. 17, AZ Senate Minority Leader
"The Supreme Court's decision is a mixed one. Immigration will continue to be a primary responsibility of the federal government but, as this decision confirms, state and local law enforcement have an important role to play. I am hopeful that Congress and the president will work to secure our border and create a functioning legal system that reflects our values of free enterprise and opportunity for all."
- Rep. Kirk Adams, R-Dist. 19, AZ Speaker of the House
"Earlier this month, the President played election year politics, pandering without offering a real solution to matters of great concern to Arizona and our Nation. Today, the Supreme Court upheld the rule of law. Tomorrow, Arizona law enforcement will continue to do their job on our behalf, respecting the civil rights of all and upholding our state and federal constitutions and real prosecutors will exercise true discretion without violating our oath to uphold the law."
- Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
"SB1070 has created a hostile environment for Latinos in Arizona and has done nothing but pander to the extreme political right while damaging Arizona's reputation and economy at a time we can least afford. The people of Arizona are tired of these partisan Republican games.
"Americans favor President Obama's policy change by a two-to-one margin. Even the Arizona GOP spokesman admitted that it might be time for that party to reconsider its Russell Pearce approach to immigration.
"The truth is, it's long past time and today's ruling doesn't change the fact that Arizona's Republican-led legislature has done nothing to create jobs or restore the devastating cuts they have made to our kids' schools."
- State Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Dist. 13
"The Supreme Court announced a major decision that will affect people in our state and across the country. It's important to note that today is not about winning. Today is about changing the way we approach immigration reform. Divisive policies and patchwork processes do nothing to solve the immigration issue. Even worse, such practices take focus away from other issues important to Arizona families, like education and job creation. We must have clear, rational and substantive immigration reform that provides law enforcement officers with the resources they need to do their jobs. Then and only then, can we truly call it a win."
- Rep. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma
"This mixed ruling by the Supreme Court demonstrates that now more than ever we need a permanent and complete immigration plan. Arizonans know that immigration was not the cause of all our problems and SB1070 was never intended to be the solution to all of our problems.
"Regardless of how one feels about immigration, one thing is abundantly clear: we can do better. Instead of politicizing such a critically important issue, all of us--Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and Libertarians--should come together to find a permanent solution that keeps our border secure, strengthens our economy, strengthens families, and allows law-abiding immigrants who want to work to do so legally. As a state senator, I look forward to being a part of that solution."
-State Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Dist. 18
"The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled section 2B of SB 1070 to be constitutional. That does not make it just or moral. Other parts were ruled unconstitutional as further evidence why this law is flawed.
"Today's decision is a call to action. It reminds us of the rash and irresponsible overreach of the Republican Legislature. It also signals that now is the time to elect leaders who will get our state back on track. Arizona families deserve better politicians who respect law enforcement, work to create jobs and enact laws that will protect the individual rights of all citizens.
"The Supreme Court has said section 2B of SB 1070 is constitutional. That does not make it right."
- Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director Luis Heredia
"Arizona's immigration law was a result of years of inaction from President Barack Obama. Illegal immigrants are straining our schools, hospitals, criminal justice system and Barack Obama and Richard Carmona's solution is not to fix the problem, but to sue the State of Arizona. This is just another reminder that in Washington, Democrat Richard Carmona will be a reliable ally for Barack Obama's liberal agenda."
- Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert
"I find it unfortunate that the Supreme Court struck down some provisions of S.B. 1070. The federal government has failed spectacularly in its duty to enforce immigration laws, and Arizona's law simply sought to fill the enforcement void left by this failure. I'm glad to see the court uphold the central part of this law however.
"Under this ruling, police will have the opportunity to check the legal status of individuals in the course of enforcing other laws. This is a major victory in Arizona's efforts to give law enforcement new tools to enforce the law where the Obama Administration will not. Until we obtain operational control of our southern border and fully enforce current laws, we can't have a credible, substantive conversation on immigration reform. By enhancing the enforcement of our immigration laws, this ruling puts us on that path."
- U.S. Rep. Ben Quayle, R-AZ
"With today's ruling by the Supreme Court on SB 1070, it is clear that the states cannot overreach and independently set immigration policy. It is time to have meaningful discussions about sensible and substantive immigration reform on the national level. We cannot tolerate racial profiling and have an obligation to develop meaningful reform. SB 1070 is so divisive that it distracts from actual solutions to immigration issues and it also distracts from other important work - like creating jobs and improving education. SB 1070 offered no solutions to improve Arizona's economy and has been an unwelcome distraction from stabilizing the economy of our state."
- Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix
"While today's U.S. Supreme Court decision on S.B. 1070 sends a mixed message to the community, the Arizona Latino Research Enterprise generally believes it does more good than harm. First, it invalidates three of the four provisions of the law, including preventing state and local officers from making warrantless arrests. The decision also makes clear that it is the federal government's responsibility to develop and enforce immigration law. While the court allowed the most onerous provision to stand - the infamous "show us your papers please" portion - the decision raises constitutional concerns as to how it is implemented by state and local law enforcement. The Obama Administration's announcement that it is ending its 287(g) agreement with Arizona will lessen that provision's impact. Furthermore, the Supreme Court's decision leaves the door open to future challenges to this provision. For these reasons, we believe the decision brings some relief to those who have been dealt with harshly during recent years as a result of anti-immigrant rhetoric and hate-based speech and policies. In the long run, this is one more step that will propel Hispanic Americans to take their rightful place in U.S. society through greater civic engagment and political involvement. The ALRE is committed to fostering greater civic engagement and higher student achievement in education as the means for Latinos to reach their full potential in the U.S and Arizona."
- James Garcia, Arizona Latino Research Enterprise Chair
"Today, a key provision of SB1070 was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States, and it is a victory for the state of Arizona and the American people. Previously, officers of the law were forbidden to even inquire on legal status during routine law enforcement activities. The Supreme Court sided with Arizona on this provision, the most debated piece of the legislation. The decision will allow this provision of SB1070 to immediately go into effect in the state of Arizona.
The provisions of SB1070 that were struck down were found to step on the role of the Federal government to enforce immigration laws and regulate employment. I believe in Federalism and our Constitutional Republic and the key responsibilities being carried out and fulfilled by each branch concurrently with the States to protect life, liberty and property. Since Arizona is disproportionately affected by illegal immigration, our State leadership has the right to address the consequences of Federal inaction. The decision confirms the right of Arizona to supplement the enforcement of federal law so long as state efforts do not directly contravene federal law."
- Gabriela Saucedo, Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona's District 7
"As a law-abiding citizen, I respect the Supreme Court's ruling. While no doubt a disappointment to some, the court's action underscores the importance of exercising our right to vote. There is a place for the courts, and there's a place for civic engagement. It's time to increase the latter.
We stand at an unprecedented time in Arizona, one with abundant opportunities for voter engagement. We must remember that there was a time when African-Americans were disenfranchised, when women could not vote. I hope that the complicated, far-reaching implications of immigration reform will inspire more citizens to exercise that most precious of rights come November 6, 2012."
- Maricopa County Board of Supervisors candidate Lilia Alvarez
"The federal government has failed to fix our broken immigration system or to secure the border - failures that cost the people of Arizona more than those in other states.
SB1070 was an expression of Arizona's frustration - but it did nothing to make our border secure, as even Gov. Jan Brewer has admitted. We must give renewed attention to stopping the drug cartels that have inflicted their violence on so many innocent people.
Today's court decision leaves open the essential question of how we make sure that all Americans enjoy the protections against discriminatory treatment that are guaranteed by our Constitution and it also still fails to offer any remedy for securing our border.
My priorities in Congress are to improve border security and fix our immigration system. One step we can take immediately is to pass the DREAM Act - a bipartisan measure that would help our economy and not unfairly penalize those who have served in our country's military or received an education without breaking our nation's laws."
-U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, D-AZ
"Today's decision underscores the need for a President who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy. I believe that each state has the duty--and the right--to secure our borders and preserve the rule of law, particularly when the federal government has failed to meet its responsibilities."
- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney
"I am heartened that the Supreme Court affirmed the heart of SB 1070, Section 2(B).
"The federal government has failed my state with its inability to properly enforce immigration law. Now Arizona, with the core of SB 1070, can implement what Washington has failed to do so many times.
"This is a victory for Arizona and our state's right to defend our citizens and protect our borders."
- U.S. Rep. David Schweikert, R-AZ
"While we still want to fully review the Supreme Court's decision, today's ruling appears to validate a key component of Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070. The Arizona law was born out of the state's frustration with the burdens that illegal immigration and continued drug smuggling impose on its schools, hospitals, criminal justice system and fragile desert environment, and an Administration that chooses to set enforcement policies based on a political agenda, not the laws as written by Congress. We will continue our efforts on behalf of the citizens of Arizona to secure our southern border. We believe Arizonans are better served when state and federal officials work as partners to protect our citizens rather than as litigants in a courtroom."
- U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl, both R-AZ
"In recognizing that federal immigration laws preempt SB 1070, the Supreme Court rightly found three of four harmful provisions unconstitutional, but I'm greatly disappointed that it erroneously upheld the discriminatory 'show me your papers' provision. I'm fearful this troublesome provision will lead to discrimination and racial profiling in Arizona and throughout the country, and I remain supportive of related civil rights suits currently challenging SB 1070 as discriminatory, which was not considered in this most recent Supreme Court case.
- U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-AZ
"Our families and communities have suffered greatly because of the blind eye this administration has turned towards this dire situation. The consequences of our unsecure border and lax immigration enforcement include border violence, drug and gun smuggling and increased crime throughout our state. This is why I have always supported the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (S.B. 1070)," Gosar said.
- U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ
"The Supreme Court ruling on SB1070 is not surprising. What we need is comprehensive immigration reform and border security so we can solve this issue for the long-term, not more divisive legislation and bickering. In light of today's ruling, I ask all leaders at every level of government to put aside their political agendas and partisanship to work together on comprehensive, fair and effective immigration reform and border security."
- House Minority Leader Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Dist.14
"Arizonans expect and deserve reasonable immigration reform. SB 1070 is a far cry from reasonable. It lets politicians get away with political grandstanding instead of enacting real reform. We need substantive reform and we need to ensure our police officers have the tools they need to crack down on true criminals and keep our communities safe and secure. I commend the Supreme Court for striking down key parts of this law and forcing politicians to focus on real reform."
- Rep. Steve Farley, D-District 28
"The ripple effect of this decision will be far reaching. It sends a message to lawmakers that we need sensible immigration reform. SB 1070 was divisive and ineffective. It promoted an extremist agenda and did nothing to help the economy."
- House Minority Whip Rep. Anna Tovar, D- Dist. 13
"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the vast majority of SB 1070 as preempted by federal law. The decision reinforces the long-standing principle that immigration law and policy is an area strictly reserved for the federal government. However, the Court's decision to allow Section 2(b) of SB1070, the provision requiring police officers to ask for the immigration status of individuals they stop, will leave the fate of families who came to this country to create a better life for themselves and their children hanging in the balance.
"The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today allowing the "papers please" provision of SB 1070 to go into effect doesn't make it smart policy, not for our economy, not for diversity and not for human rights."
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Arizona Chapter
"I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the key provision of SB 1070. While today's ruling is a victory for supporters of the 10th Amendment and those who believe in the rule of law, it still does not solve our border security problems. As terrorism threats and drug cartel violence intensifies daily, our border states remain frustrated with the federal government's failure to address this issue and to neglect their constitutional role of securing our borders."
- Former Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon of Arizona
"I voted against SB1070 because, as I said at the time, it is 'a misguided solution to a very real problem.' The problem is that Congress has abdicated its responsibilities to improve border security and to fix our broken immigration system. Arizona has paid a steep price for these failures.
Unfortunately, 1070 doesn't help solve either of those problems. It does not give law enforcement or prosecutors the tools to adequately address the issues of crime and violence, but instead increases the burden on local law enforcement. And much of it is unconstitutional. Congress should take immediate action and stop playing election year games with Arizona's future. We must ramp up border security, pass the DREAM Act, and move to reconsider the immigration solutions that were supported by Senators McCain, Kyl, and Kennedy."
- Former Democratic State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema
"Today's Supreme Court ruling largely struck down a law we have always recognized as an extremist attempt to undermine our core values and our Constitution. The court's decision reaffirmed that SB 1070 and its many imitators are not an acceptable substitute for a federal immigration standard.
The rationale for states to invent their own laws as they see fit has been wiped away. Now it's time for Congress to listen to what the Court said in its ruling. It's our job to fix this. No one else has the authority, and no one else has the responsibility. Anyone who wants to keep the system broken and wait for states to make things uglier one at a time lost a big battle today.
Unfortunately, the Court made a grave error in upholding the discriminatory 'show me your papers' provision that violates basic rights and denies equal justice. This is the most poisonous part of the law, and its legality will rightly be challenged on equal protection grounds in the courts. This is not the end of our efforts to uphold equal and legal treatment for the American people.
Despite the state's 30 percent Latino population, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has made a career of widespread racial profiling and discrimination. If his recent statements are any indication, he is unrepentant. That's why it was so significant today that the Department of Homeland Security announced it has terminated its 287(g) 'task force' agreements with Arizona's law enforcement agencies. DHS officials have been directed not to respond to law enforcement activity unless the suspect meets federal enforcement priority guidelines, such as already being a convicted criminal or having reentered the country after a lawful removal. These steps mean that Arizonans will be protected from discriminatory or targeted enforcement actions by Arpaio and any other law enforcement agent tempted to ignore federal guidelines.
This is in keeping with frequent requests by Members of Congress and civil rights organizations concerned about the long history of civil rights violations in parts of Arizona. The federal government has made the right decision and deserves our thanks. Now Congress must find a responsible solution to immigration reform that promotes respect for the law, keeps law enforcement focused on criminal behavior, and benefits all Americans. Opponents of bipartisan reform have truly run out of excuses. The rest of us stand ready to finish the job."
-U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, D-AZ
"Today, the Supreme Court reminded the nation that it is Congress' duty to create an immigration policy that works for America. SB 1070 wasn't the right solution, but neither is the status quo. In Arizona, we know Sheriff Joe Arpaio cannot be trusted to enforce immigration laws, and the Legislature was dead wrong to give him the power to do so. All of us will be watching carefully to safeguard against racial profiling, and support further action if necessary."
- Former Arizona prosecutor Andrei Cherny
"We believe the section being upheld are conducive to racially profiling citizens, legal residents, and undocumented immigrants and therefore do not provide equal treatment under the law. We respectfully disagree about the constitutionality of the decision and we will continue to educate our community on how we can overcome the implementation of this section so the impact to the people in our state is minimized."
- The Arizona DREAM Act Coalition
"With today's ruling upholding a portion of SB 1070, we are confident that police agencies across the state, under guidance from the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, will enforce this element of SB 1070 fairly, professionally and always within the spirit and letter of the law. We applaud the Arizona Legislature for focusing its attention on economic recovery in the recently-completed legislative session. The need for a federal solution to our immigration challenges remains, as states could seek to craft their own immigration policies, resulting in a confusing patchwork of laws across the nation.
- Todd Sanders, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Glenn Hamer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tom Franz, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Leadership Ron Shoopman, President, Southern Arizona Leadership Council.
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