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Both sides of the polarizing immigration issue claimed victory Monday after a split Supreme Court gutted parts of Arizona’s controversial law but left in place the most onerous part — the right of police to stop those they suspect of being illegal immigrants and check their status.
In a statement issued by the White House, President Barack Obama said:
I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law. What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. A patchwork of state laws is not a solution to our broken immigration system—it’s part of the problem.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer saw the court’s ruling differently, calling the court’s 5-3 decision a loss for opponents and “a victory for the rule of law.”
I am confident our officers are prepared to carry out this law responsibly and lawfully. Nothing less is acceptable.