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“The last two years have been spent in preparation for this ruling. Upon signing SB 1070 in 2010, I issued an Executive Order directing the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) to develop and provide training to ensure our officers are prepared to enforce this law efficiently, effectively and in a manner consistent with the Constitution. In recent days, in anticipation of this decision, I issued a new Executive Order asking that this training be made available once again to all of Arizona’s law enforcement officers. I am confident our officers are prepared to carry out this law responsibly and lawfully. Nothing less is acceptable.
"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. Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain of
"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. President Obama has failed to provide any leadership on immigration. This represents yet another broken promise by this President. 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. As Candidate Obama, he promised to present an immigration plan during his first year in office. But 4 years later, we are still waiting." -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney
"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." -- Arizona Republican Congressman Ben Quayle
As the Speaker of the Arizona House, Kirk Adams helped guide SB 1070 through the legislature and defended it in numerous national news outlets after passage. Recently, Adams took part in a forum at the Heritage Foundation on SB 1070, and the state's role in immigration policy.
Of today's ruling, Adams stated,
"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."
Please see below for more background on SB 1070.
Heritage Forum on the Supreme Court Arguments regarding 1070http://www.heritage.org/events/2012/04/arizona-immigration
The Truth behind Arizona's Immigration Law
By Kirk Adams
Friday, May 28, 2010
Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/27/AR2010052702527.html
May 27, 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7tSE98qqmk