Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Statement by Gov. Perry Regarding SCOTUS Decision on Arizona Law

Monday, June 25, 2012  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision on Arizona's immigration law:

"Today's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold Arizona's right to check the legal status of individuals within its borders is a victory not only for the people of Arizona, but for the rule of law. No state should be held hostage to a federal government that refuses to enforce the laws of the land.

"But today's ruling is one step forward and two steps back - simply not good enough. It is bad enough that the Obama administration picks and chooses which laws it wishes to enforce, but for the United States Supreme Court to deprive states of some of those powers that are, in the words of Justice Scalia, ‘the defining characteristic[s] of sovereignty,' is insulting to the Constitution and our right to govern ourselves.

"The people of Arizona took action consistent with federal law and in direct response to the failure of this administration to secure our nation's borders. The absence of federal action on immigration enforcement directly spoils the integrity of our nation's laws."

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