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6/25/2012 Press Release
Supreme Court Decision Fails to Resolve Need for Federal Immigration Reform

Supreme Court Decision Fails to Resolve Need for Federal Immigration Reform

Contact: James E. Garcia, or 623-252-2772

Statement by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Arizona Senate Bill 1070

While the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce respects the Justices' decision on SB 1070, the ruling fails to resolve the critical and pressing matter of how to best regulate and maintain an appropriate degree of immigration into the United States, including issues involving our nation's unquestionable need for a ready pool of labor at every level of the U.S. economy.

Throughout our history, immigrants have been valuable contributors to the nation's economic development and prosperity. The failure to correct the shortcomings of current U.S. immigration policy threatens to limit economic growth in Arizona and across the country. A state-by-state patchwork of immigration laws across the United States is wholly impractical for employers and local law enforcement to implement because of the unreasonable financial and bureaucratic burden it places on businesses, law enforcement and local governments.

We call on Congress and the President to assume what we continue to believe is the federal government's exclusive responsibility to enact a national immigration policy that promotes U.S. economic growth and respects the rights and contributions of immigrants and their families. We also urge Arizona's public officials not to enact additional state-based immigration legislation.

As plaintiffs in the Friendly House, et. al v Whiting federal lawsuit against SB 1070, we believe the implementation of the law, especially its "show us your papers" provision, will lead to further social tensions, including the potential mistreatment of immigrants, that further exacerbates a negative image of Arizona that does not foster a business friendly environment and hinders the ability for people to put in an honest day's work. It is important to note that the Supreme Court's decision on SB 1070 does not directly impact several aspects of the Friendly House et al. v. Whiting et al. lawsuit, which addresses a variety of constitutional challenges to the Arizona legislation.