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Reaction To Az Immigration Decision

Here's a very brief sampling of responses to U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton's ruling that blocked portions of Arizona's law against illegal immigration:

From the Arizona Republic:

...the temporary injunction puts both the federal government and a federal judge in crystal-clear agreement that immigration is a federal responsibility. That makes this much more than "a little bump in the road," as Gov. Jan Brewer called it. It is, in fact, the road map.It is a clear acknowledgment of federal responsibility in the face of clear evidence of federal failure to do the job.

From Janet Murguia, President, National Council of La Raza:

Today’s ruling makes clear that the power to pass effective comprehensive immigration reform lies with the president and Congress. If the two senators from Arizona would step up, then we could deliver the solution that Arizona and the nation need. The effects of this law have already spread to other states that believe they can tackle the problem, but solutions must be made at the federal level, and Washington needs to act.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, in the East Valley Tribune (AZ):

Rather than trying, as the Obama administration is doing, to stop Arizona from implementing its own approach, we should be encouraging the states to be the policy laboratories they were intended to be in our federal system.

From the New York Times:

Arizona’s law is not a case of a state helping the federal government do a job it neglected. It is a radical upending of immigration priorities, part of a spiteful crusade to force a mass exodus of illegal immigrants.

From the National Review:

The judge twists facts and logic to support the Justice Department’s claim that the state law preempts the federal immigration scheme. To do so, she accepts Justice’s implicit argument that it’s not the letter of the federal law that matters, but what parts of the law the executive decides to enforce. If her reasoning stands, we will basically cut Congress out of immigration policy and the states out of enforcement. Instead, our immigration system will entirely depend on executive discretion at a time when the executive has little interest in enforcing the law.

From the LA Times:

Arizona still has the tools it needs to keep its version of the peace. But in the end, neither Arizona nor any other state will be able to arrest its way out of a problem that requires concerted, comprehensive congressional action. That's why the appropriate response to the injunction is for the frustrated public — in and outside of Arizona — to hold the federal government to its word. It has asserted its authority on the subject, and now it should be pressed to use it.

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