Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wil Cardon issued the following statements on the Supreme Court’s decision on SB 1070:
“For years, the federal government and the Obama Administration have been too schizophrenic and too lax on issues critical to Arizona: Securing our lawless border with Mexico and stopping a massive wave of illegal immigration. Today’s unfortunate split decision on SB1070 opens the door to more of the same from Washington – more waffling, more inaction, more “back door amnesty.”
“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. That common sense requirement is a victory for the rule of law, though more lawsuits surely will come soon. 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.
“The bottom line: What Arizona needs on illegal immigration is what the Obama Administration, Congress and the Supreme Court have never provided. We need clarity when it comes to immigration law, a muscular strategy to secure our border and strong, determined action. The federal government and our elected leaders have failed on all counts – and now the highest court in the land has forbidden Arizona from fully taking over where Washington has failed.
“Isn’t that just typical Washington? Where we desperately need solutions, they make complex problems even more complex, waffling while Arizonans wait for answers and action. That’s sad and misguided, exactly like the Supreme Court’s decision on SB 1070 today.”