Monday, June 25, 2012

House Democrats speak out on SB 1070 ruling

Today several House Democrats issued the following statements after the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it struck down three of the four key provisions of SB 1070 that were being challenged.

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14)
“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.”

 Assistant House Minority Leader Steve Farley, D-Tucson (District 28)
"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.”

House Minority Whip Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13)                                                      
“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.”

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 16)
“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. The bottom line is that we need long-term, realistic immigration solutions. SB 1070 offered no real solutions and it stole focus away from what elected leaders should be focused on, which is creating jobs and improving education.”

Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Avondale (District 13)
“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. We must prevent bad legislation like SB 1070 from making its way through the process. We will work to repeal what’s left of this ineffective policy that divides our community.  SB 1070 is an example of the extremist, Tea Party agenda that has been pervasive at the Arizona Legislature. Arizonans deserve better than this from their public servants.”

Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix (District 16)

"While most of SB 1070 will remain blocked, the poison pill of racial profiling remains intact. Our task as elected officials is to work with local jurisdictions to prevent abuses and civil rights violations. This decision has resulted in increased pressure for a sensible immigration policy that furthers our economic interests and humanely deals with our immigrant population.”    

Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 14)
“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. Lynne Pancrazi, D-Yuma (District 24)
“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.”


1 comment:

  1. It does not surprise me that SB 1070 is deterierating. I think the next step is pounding out the last provision which still remains. A while back there was a case Jones v. Sterling, which was a case that dealt with racial profiling in Arizona. When one considers the "similarily situated" standard and the fact that the majority of Sheriff Arpaio's shenannigans have been directed at Latinos stemming from Employer Sanction enforcement (not one of the 56 raids resulted in an employer being sanctioned mind you and the 2 that were, were latino lower-management employees) to the stops in Guadalupe the standard is easily met. Perhaps this may be a good basis to begin with?

    Not a lawyer or anything, just spit balling.


    Ernesto Valencia