Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the Obama Administration’s lawsuit against Arizona’s anti-immigrant law, SB 1070:
“Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation opens the door to racial profiling and therefore has no place among our nation’s laws. This law goes against what we stand for as a nation. American citizens and legal residents of any state in this great nation should not have to fear harassment because of their appearance or their accent. I am confident the Supreme Court will find this law unconstitutional.
“I commend the Obama Administration for challenging this unjust law. We need comprehensive immigration reform, not a patchwork of fifty different immigration laws. Our immigration system is broken, but the Republican party that has enacted anti-immigrant laws such as Arizona’s and Alabama’s is the same party whose members refuse to work with Democrats to bring about comprehensive immigration reform in Washington. I remain hopeful that my Republican colleagues will join us at the negotiating table soon.”