The ruling is yet another reason that Congress should work with the president to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Congress’ failure to act has opened the door for states to enact laws that on the surface appear tough on immigration but in practice serve only to create an environment of fear.
We need to change course from a state-by-state response to our broken immigration system and develop a permanent solution that keeps America safe while bringing people out of the shadows and into the civic, social and economic daylight. That’s Congress’ responsibility, and they should get on with the business of fulfilling their obligation.
Governor Deval Patrick
The 5-3 decision to strike down the key parts of Arizona’s immigration law by the U.S. Supreme Court is moving the dialogue in the right direction. This shows a commitment to the well-being of immigrants, who seek the full protection of its law, rather than focusing on arresting and deporting people for minor immigration charges.
America is the land of opportunity and whether we are talking about an older or newer wave of immigrants, most of them are coming to the U.S. with a similar goal — the promise of a better life.
Mayor Thomas Menino