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Reactions to Arizona v. U.S.: Pro and Con

by Damon Huss

Dan Stein, president of FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) and strong supporter of SB 1070, praises the Supreme Court’s decision:

[It’s] an important victory for the people of Arizona and citizens everywhere who want their jobs, tax dollars and security protected from mass illegal immigration… (Source: Stein Report)

Jon Feere, a legal analyst at the Center for Immigration Studies and another supporter of SB 1070, comments slightly more cautiously:

The ruling lends more support to the fact that states have a role to play when it comes to deterring illegal immigration. While the decision was not a complete win for Arizona…[it] will have a significant impact in that it will allow local law enforcement to serve as a force-multiplier for immigration law enforcement. (Source: Center for Immigration Studies)

Tamar Jacoby, president of ImmigrationWorksUSA and opponent of SB 1070, takes a different view. Jacoby writes that the decision actually leaves room for the court to reconsider the controversial Section 2(B) of the law, which directs police to investigate unauthorized immigration based on reasonable suspicion:

The states’ appetite for tough immigration policing laws also appears to be waning. After Arizona charted the way in 2010, five states — Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Utah — passed similar, copycat measures in 2011. But this year, no state did. (Source: Los Angeles Times, ImmigrationWorksUSA)

Writing for the National Immigration Forum, which generally supports comprehensive immigration reform and opposes SB 1070, Maurice Belanger states that the decision will lead to hardships for communities:

Still, the Court’s decision to postpone a final decision on this provision is unfortunate, as it will, if not blocked due to other challenges, lead to racial profiling and harassment of people based on what they look like and how they speak, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status. Until the issue is finally resolved, the rights of Arizonans will be violated. (Source: National Immigration Forum)

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