OK leaders react to AZ illegal immigration ruling

Posted on: 6:15 pm, June 25, 2012, by


OKLAHOMA CITY — Local leaders are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down parts of Arizona’s controversial immigration law.

The court ruled against three of the four provisions in the law.

The court upheld one of the most controversial parts of the bill which allows police to check the immigration status of a person while enforcing other laws.

Congressman James Lankford (R-OK) supports the measure.

He said the federal government is responsible for immigration, but some states are moving forward with laws of their own.

“The Supreme Court’s decision today to throw out three of the four provisions and send one back to the Ninth Circuit does not negate the need for a clear federal immigration policy,” Rep. Lankford said.”When the federal government leaves the enforcement of immigration policy up to the states, they should have every constitutionally appropriate tool at their disposal to do their job.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma calls the provision the “Show Me Your Papers” requirement.

The ACLU has serious questions about how the law will be implemented and enforced.

“Show Me Your Papers laws encourage discrimination against people based on how they look or how they speak,” Ryan Kiesel said, Executive Director of the ACLU of Oklahoma. “This legalized harassment and discrimination flies in the face of our basic rights.”

The Supreme Court suggested it is too soon to assume that the provision will be “construed in a way that creates a conflict with federal law.”