WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) responded to a ruling by federal Judge Susan Bolton blocking parts of Arizona’s new immigration law, which would require that police determine an individual’s immigration status if they are being arrested or questioned. The law was set to take effect tomorrow.
“This ruling is disappointing, and I hope Arizona continues to fight for their right to a safe and secure state. Can you imagine trying to protect your citizens against a wave of violent crime by illegal immigrants on one hand – and fighting your own federal government with the other?
Sadly, Arizona residents are paying a steep price for the sins of Washington’s new ‘amnesty comes first’ ideology. After November the House might have more of an appetite for enforcing existing laws and tackling meaningful immigration reform. We should be helping states, not suing them. ”
Judge Bolton granted part of the Justice Department’s request to block the law, ruling it would result in the wrongful detention of Americans and foreigners, and undermine the federal government’s authority to enforce immigration policy.