Representative Gabrielle Giffords says today's ruling imposing a partial injunction against SB 1070 by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton is "an affirmation of the fact that the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws is the responsibility of federal government."
She also took the opportunity to push for her $701 million in emergency border security funds.
The statement reads:
The latest chapter in what promises to be a lengthy legal fight over Arizona’s immigration law has been written. But this court battle must not be allowed to distract us from the real issue: Arizonans want our nation to control its borders and bring a halt to the violence, smugglers and drugs that threaten our communities.
State lawyers arguing with federal lawyers will not help us secure our border, fix our broken immigration system or improve safety for the ranchers of Cochise County, the seniors of Green Valley or the families of Tucson.
Judge Bolton’s ruling is an affirmation of the fact that the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws is the responsibility of federal government. It is time — in fact, it is way past time — for the federal government to start taking that responsibility seriously.