Yesterday the United States Supreme Court released the decision on Arizona v. the United States. I encourage you to read the decision for yourself, particularly be sure to read Justice Scalia’s decision.
As you know Arizona passed its law as a reaction to the federal government’s failure to secure the border. As a border state, Arizona is on the frontline of dealing with violence, drug cartels and human trafficking. Arizona voters support the law and the Court affirmed the right of Arizona and other states to enforce already existing federal immigration law.
The Obama administration and Congress must focus on securing the borders and dealing with this serious issue rather than suing states that are struggling to clean up the federal government’s mess. Today we have the technology to provide a secure border; we just need the will to do it.
Additionally, the Obama administration needs to enforce the immigration laws already in place. Earlier this month the President and his allies who have ignored border security for years overturned our laws, usurped Congress’s constitutional authority and granted amnesty to nearly one million illegal immigrants who have been living illegally in the United States while other law abiding individuals patiently wait their turn to come to America legally.
Legal immigration is a powerful engine of growth, and made our nation exceptional in the world. It’s time the federal government and Congress secure our borders first, enforce existing laws, then have a discussion on legal immigration.