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Both sides claim victory in Supreme Court’s split ruling on Arizona immigration law

By Capitol Hill Blue
June 26, 2012

Opponents of Arizona’s immigration law react to the Supreme Court ruling
(Ross D. Franklin/AP)

 

 

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.”

Added Brewer:

I am confident our officers are prepared to carry out this law responsibly and lawfully. Nothing less is acceptable.