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Posted Jun 25, 2012, 7:00 am
Arizona Democratic Party Executive Director Luis Heredia issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling Monday on SB 1070:
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled section 2B of SB 1070 to be constitutional. That does not make it just or moral. Other parts were ruled unconstitutional as further evidence why this law is flawed.
The Arizona Democratic Party opposed SB 1070 in 2010. The Arizona Democratic Party opposes SB 1070 now. This law does nothing to protect or strengthen Arizona.
There was a time when Sen. John McCain and Congressman Jeff Flake led the United States on immigration reform. Now, Gov. Jan Brewer, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and others in the Arizona Republican Party lead us to nothing. Mitt Romney even mistakenly called SB 1070 a "model" for the nation.
This law is simply a tool of divisive voices for political gain, one that damages our state's credibility and economy. As a result, Arizona families have paid the price with $23 million in lost tax revenue and at least $350 million lost in direct spending by convention-goers. SB 1070 has failed Arizona.
Today's decision is a call to action. It reminds us of the rash and irresponsible overreach of the Republican Legislature. It also signals that now is the time to elect leaders who will get our state back on track. Arizona families deserve better politicians who respect law enforcement, work to create jobs and enact laws that will protect the individual rights of all citizens.
The Supreme Court has said section 2B of SB 1070 is constitutional. That does not make it right.
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