Statement on S.B. 1070

AJC Praises Administration for Filing Lawsuit Against Anti-Immigrant Arizona Law

July 7, 2010 - Washington - AJC applauded the Departments of Justice’s filing of a lawsuit that seeks to prevent implementation of Arizona’s new anti-immigration law, SB1070. The lawsuit contends that Arizona’s law unconstitutionally usurps the federal government’s power to establish and enforce immigration policy. 

“AJC believes that while our current immigration system is clearly in need of repair, Arizona’s answer is the wrong one,” said Richard Foltin, Director of National and Legislative Affairs. “The national security nightmare which would ensue if each of the 50 states were allowed to adopt its own immigration laws is obvious.”

Foltin added: “The Arizona law underscores the need for comprehensive immigration reform at the national level to create a federal immigration system that effectively responds to our nation’s security and economic concerns, and ensures the humane and fair treatment of immigrants.”

AJC has long been a strong voice in support of fair and generous immigration policies, characterized by the rule of law. AJC participates actively in the current national debate, advocating for bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform.