House Speaker Mike Hubbard today reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona's illegal immigration law. The Court upheld a key provision of Arizona's law also contained in Alabama's illegal immigration law that allows law enforcement officers to determine the legal status of those suspected of being in the country illegally.
The following is from Speaker Hubbard:
"The Court's decision to uphold the real teeth of Arizona's illegal immigration law is a victory for Alabama and for all states that are fed up with the federal government's refusal to enforce the law. States really are the last line of defense to protect the rights of the people, and never has that been more evident than with President Obama ordering federal agents to stand down on immigration enforcement actions. States have not only the right, but the duty to uphold the rule of law and protect their citizens, especially when the federal government refuses to do so."
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