We fully support the Department of Justice's decision to put the brakes on
Don't just take our word for it. Leading police chiefs across the country have voiced their opposition to the
"SB 1070 . . . creates a resource allocation problem. Police departments in Arizona, already spread thinly and underfunded, now have an added responsibility - to enforce federal immigration law" He added, [P]olice officers cannot take on immigration enforcement without taking substantial time away from priorities that are more central to a local law enforcement agency, such as investigating and preventing violent crimes and property crimes.
The resulting harm to public safety will not only impact immigrant communities, but all communities in the state of
Leading Republicans have also voiced their opposition to
Republican Congressman Connie Mack (FL) wrote on an op-ed titled "Why conservatives should oppose Arizona's immigration law",
"The Arizona immigration law reminds us of how fear and distrust can lead to bad laws and even more government overreach into the private sector and our private lives…trampling on the rights of some Americans to protect the majority conflicts with the values our nation was founded upon."
Public frustration over illegal immigration will only increase unless the federal government steps in and solves this complex problem once and for all. This frustration is not solved by states and localities attempting to pass and enforce their own immigration laws. In order to significantly reduce illegal immigration, restore the rule of law, and replace the chaos of the status quo with a functioning, practical system, we need comprehensive immigration reform - the only sensible and lasting solution.
By reminding the nation that the federal government has the sole authority to set immigration policy and enforce immigration laws, the Obama Administration can close the door on the surging numbers of localities attempting to take immigration policy into their own hands. Until Congress acts, the Obama Administration must accept full responsibility for carrying out the immigration laws of this nation in a manner that upholds