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Arizona Rep. Pastor issues statement on 1070

U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., released the following
statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on
SB 1070:

“In recognizing that federal immigration laws preempt SB
1070, the Supreme Court rightly found three of four
harmful provisions unconstitutional, but I’m greatly
disappointed that it erroneously upheld the discriminatory
‘show me your papers provision.’ I’m fearful this
troublesome provision will lead to discrimination and
racial profiling in Arizona and throughout the country,
and I remain supportive of related civil rights suits
currently challenging SB 1070 as discriminatory, which was
not considered in this most recent Supreme Court case.

“Further, I ask the U.S. Department of Justice to be aware
of efforts to restrict the civil rights of citizens and
immigrants alike and increase civil rights enforcement.

“Upholding Section 2(B) will result in the harassment of
those here legally, including tourists, legal immigrants
and even U.S. citizens and place significant burdens on
federal agencies by diverting resources away from
dangerous criminals and other high-priority individuals.”