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REID STATEMENT ON CIRCUIT COURT INJUNCTION OF ALABAMA IMMIGRATION LAW

 

For Immediate Release 

Date: Friday, October 14, 2011

 CONTACT: Adam Jentleson, (202) 224-2939

 

REID STATEMENT ON CIRCUIT COURT INJUNCTION OF ALABAMA IMMIGRATION LAW

 

Washington, D.C.Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th  Circuit in Atlanta partially blocked enforcement of HB 56, an anti-immigrant law that recently went into effect in Alabama. The Court took action at the request of the Obama Administration, which sued Alabama on the grounds that only the federal government can take action on immigration matters.

 “I am heartened by the 11th Circuit’s decision to suspend parts of a law that is turning teachers and local officials into de facto immigration officers. This law is causing schoolchildren to stay home out of fear, and compelling even Latinos who are U.S. Citizens to flee the communities where they have raised their children and built their lives because they feel unwelcome.

 “I remain troubled by other parts of the law that remain in effect, including a provision that opens the door to racial profiling by allowing police officers to arrest anyone they suspect to be in the country unlawfully. The U.S. Department of Justice is right in seeking to block this poorly crafted law. We need to fix our broken immigration system, but Alabama’s law is not a constructive step in that direction. We cannot have a patchwork of 50 different immigration laws.

“Democrats are committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform  that is tough, fair and practical. This problem will be solved only when Congressional Republicans join us. We need to secure our borders, hold unscrupulous employers accountable, and require the 11 million people who are living here illegally to register with the government, learn English, pay fines and taxes, and go to the end of the line. Republicans in Congress must stop their obstruction and work with us toward common-sense solutions.”

 

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