Statement by the President on the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Arizona v. the United States

I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law.  What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform.  A patchwork  of state laws is not a solution to our broken immigration system – it’s part of the problem.

At the same time, I remain concerned about the practical impact of the remaining provision of the Arizona law that requires local law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of anyone they even suspect to be here illegally.  I agree with the Court that individuals cannot be detained solely to verify their immigration status.  No American should ever live under a cloud of suspicion just because of what they look like.  Going forward, we must ensure that Arizona law enforcement officials do not enforce this law in a manner that undermines the civil rights of Americans, as the Court’s decision recognizes.  Furthermore, we will continue to enforce our immigration laws by focusing on our most important priorities like border security and criminals who endanger our communities, and not, for example, students who earn their education – which is why the Department of Homeland Security announced earlier this month that it will lift the shadow of deportation from young people who were brought to the United States as children through no fault of their own.

I will work with anyone in Congress who’s willing to make progress on comprehensive immigration reform that addresses our economic needs and security needs, and upholds our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.  And in the meantime, we will continue to use every federal resource to protect the safety and civil rights of all Americans, and treat all our people with dignity and respect. We can solve these challenges not in spite of our most cherished values – but because of them.  What makes us American is not a question of what we look like or what our names are.  What makes us American is our shared belief in the enduring promise of this country – and our shared responsibility to leave it more generous and more hopeful than we found it.

President Barack Obama departs Joint Base Andrews for New Hampshire, June 25


Today’s speeches (Live coverage):

2:05: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Oyster River High School, Durham, New Hampshire

7:35: Delivers remarks at a campaign event at Symphony Hall, Boston

36 Responses to “Response”

  1. 1 Allison
    June 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm


  2. 6 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 1:32 pm


  3. 9 collegekay
    June 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    He’s fine.

  4. 10 elo4obama/biden
    June 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Hi, just in from work.

    • June 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Hellooooooooo elo4obama/biden!

      • 12 elo4obama/biden
        June 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

        Hello Chips and everyone! Phew! Now I’m 90%+ caught up. When I saw the word comments and no number it took me more than a moment ( tired) to know what to do. Comment! Of course I should have just hit the post button, or gone with the 2 letter “hi.” Ughhhh! I’ll never be first 🙂
        So …will have to wait for SCOTUS decision on health care. I’m still trying to figure out this Az law. The most important provision was struck down. You can NOT arrest someone because you THINK they might be illegal. I imagine you’d try to find something- busted tail light, 1 mile over speed limit etc, but that would be true now. If arrested are you needing to prove citizenship or legal residence or is Az having to verify it? What notations are put on licenses or state identification cards for non citizens in Az? This is definitely not seeming like a win for the pro Az law folks. Funny how they try to spin it so. We have much work to be done! Oh… I’ve got to donate to PBO TODAY 🙂 🙂

        • 13 nabsentia23
          June 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

          Actually, the key provision was not stuck down. State authorities can still ask about immigration status when stopping people for other offenses. However, the only thing they can do is alert the Feds if they discover illegal immigrants. They can’t do anything else. Especially since most of the law was stuck down.

          The whole premise behind SB1070 was that the federal government wasn’t enforcing existing immigration law. Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than Bush, yet the right-wingers who came up with this law still say otherwise. SB1070 proponents maintained that Arizona (along with another other state) is justified in overstepping their authority since the Feds supposedly weren’t doing their job. It’s the federal, not state governments who determines citizenship and immigration status. The SCOTUS decision confirms that.

  5. 14 Brian
    June 25, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    This is good news indeed. However, today’s ruling on the Montana law means that Citizens United is still firmly entrenched and a 100-year-old state law is overturned. (Seems like clear evidence of the “judicial activism” the right claims to abhor so strongly. Oh, I forgot, IOKIYAR)

    • 15 desertflower
      June 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Exactly.Republicans say they just hate that “legislating from the bench!” except…IOKIYAR!

      • June 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        desertflower, I just contributed to DFA to keep up the fight against Citizens United. This ruling can’t be allowed to stand. The news about Montana just showed up in my email.

        Also, Jim Morin characterizes Darrell Issa’s, “investigation” on Fast and Furious. Notice all the bolts and washers and brake parts and screws falling out of the truck that those Kongress Kops are riding in. I remember seeing these old silent movies in school when I was in elementary school’s assembly, all of us laughing our heads off. Very nostalgic but I wonder how much this carrying-on is costing us. Has it reached Whitewater’s cost yet, I wonder.


  6. 19 LOL
    June 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    May I just say that today’s ruling on AZ law is proof positive of the media’s “Obama is having a bad June meme”. If you look at the press reports they can’t even decide on who lost/won? 3/4 of the four provisions were struck down…Scalia got his panties in a bunch…but its still bad news for Obama. For an authoritative look at the verdict, I suggest you look at Scotusblog and not these imbeciles in the media who are trying to mesh the story the meme of the month with the verdict read today.

    • 20 nabsentia23
      June 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      I know exactly what you mean. I’m sick and tired of this BS. Not only were 3/4 of the provisions were stuck down, but the remaining one has been weakened. Arizona authorities can only alert the Feds if they discover illegal immigrants. They can’t do much else, especially when the other provisions have been stuck down. We should still be concerned that the remaining provision is still there since it’s still subject to abuse, but come on! The media in this country has seriously gone downhill. The only bad news I heard from the SCOTUS today was the Citizens United ruling in Montana.

      • 21 elo4obama/biden
        June 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

        I think it was always subject to abuse. I don’t think anything changed. It would be less muddy everyone arrested were required to be verified as “legal.”

        • 22 nabsentia23
          June 25, 2012 at 3:36 pm

          Things have actually changed. Despite keeping this provision intact, much of the authority given by SB1070 has been stripped. SB1070 allowed Arizona authorities to do a lot more than just report illegal immigrants to the Feds. With this decision, the Court has established that authority on immigration and citzenship should stay at the federal level.

          However, all of this, abuse can still occur.

  7. 24 amk for obama
    June 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm

  8. 25 desertflower
    June 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm


    *** Romney has more of a Bain problem than the Acela Corridor realizes: Ever since the Obama campaign began its Bain hit, there has been near universal agreement among elites that the hits were either “not working,” or “unfair,” or both. But as we’ve said before and we’ll say again: The Bain attacks aren’t meant to sway folks in NY and DC, but folks in three crucial battleground states: Ohio, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The whole point of this campaign by the Obama folks is to paint Romney as an out-of-touch Wall Street CEO or worse, one of the Bobs from “Office Space. And while the Romney campaign has comforted itself with the criticism of the Obama attacks by other Democrats (Booker, Rendell etc.), the campaign has done little to fix the larger image issue. So far, the Romney campaign has made this argument: Any attack on Bain is an attack on America’s free enterprise system. But how does it explain that Bain and its partners often made money, even if the firms they took over went belly up? And how do they now explain this Milken association? Does it keep using the “free enterprise” line? Or does it need to do something else?

  9. 26 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 25, 2012 at 1:51 pm


  10. 29 collegekay
    June 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    PBO leading in North Carolina 47% – 43% per SurveyUSA poll. (they poll cell phones too).

  11. 31 Renegade522/AuntSis
    June 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I hope you guys have received this email from from Patrick Gaspard and will respond. If not, I hope the link works.

    Renee —
    I wanted to make sure you saw DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s latest email. Already, thousands of Democrats like you have given their input on how we should move forward in this election cycle.

    We want to hear from you. Please take a few moments and read the email below, then give us your thoughts:




  12. June 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I am so fucking sick of Europe kicking our stock market’s ass. We’re more tied to their outcome than our own it seems. Even positive economic news, the May housing data, is stomped out by Europe. I want to go over there, shake their asses and tell them to get their shit in order.


  13. 34 desertflower
    June 25, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Woman. Hispanic. Republican. How do those all fit together? Some are becoming very uncomfortable….


    • 35 majiir
      June 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      IMHO, Navarro got exactly what she deserved. Anyone who has been paying close attention to Romney knows that he only speaks with clarity when the matter concerns the very rich and corporations.

  14. 36 jacquelineoboomer
    June 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    “What makes us American is our shared belief in the enduring promise of this country – and our shared responsibility to leave it more generous and more hopeful than we found it.”

    Thank you for those words, Mr. President. We stand with you.

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