Rothschild: City will enforce SB 1070 carefully
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild released the following statement on the Supreme Court's ruling on SB 1070:
Today the Supreme Court struck down significant parts of SB 1070.
I remain concerned with the provision the Supreme Court upheld, at least for the time being - the provision that requires local law enforcement to verify citizenship if they suspect a person is in the country illegally.
I'm concerned because the court left this provision in play, even while it acknowledged that enforcement could violate people's constitutional rights.
As you know, the City of Tucson filed suit in opposition to SB 1070. Forcing a federal responsibility – immigration enforcement – onto cities, counties and towns, is the wrong approach.
The city and our police department are reviewing this ruling, and Mayor and Council will receive legal advice in Executive Session at tomorrow's City Council meeting.
In enforcing this law, and in enforcing any law, we will be very careful not to violate people's civil rights. I want it to be very clear to the people of Tucson and to people visiting our city – we will not violate people's civil rights in enforcing this law.
The City of Tucson remains a diverse and welcoming community.
I want to assure tourists, businesspeople, anyone considering visiting our state, that Tucson is a beautiful, welcoming city, and we will continue to welcome international visitors as they visit, shop and do business here.