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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke’s Statement on Judge’s Ruling on Arizona Immigration Law

Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement on the Arizona District Court decision to implement an injunction on the highly controversial portions of Arizona’s law, SB 1070:

“I applaud the decision by U.S District Judge Susan Bolton to temporarily bar significant portions of Arizona’s immigration law SB 1070, which was slated to go into effect tomorrow. This is a victory for immigrant residents of the state of Arizona, immigrant and civil rights groups, the Justice Department, and the entire nation. This decision illustrates that our broken immigration system must be addressed at the federal level,” stated Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke.

Judge Bolton’s decision temporarily blocks a portion of SB 1070 that requires state police officers to determine the immigration status of an individual who is suspected to be an illegal immigrant. She also placed an injunction on a provision that would require foreign individuals to carry paperwork identifying their status.

“While this is a great step forward, the fight to truly address immigration reform is far from over. Congress must address Comprehensive Immigration Reform as soon as possible. Our national security is at stake; our moral standing in the world depends on it; and the American people, many of whom are first and second generation immigrants, demand it,” concluded Rep. Yvette D. Clarke.