Arizona’s SB 1070 Immigration Law affects all undocumented immigrants including those from the Caribbean region. Therefore, Caribbean-American Advancement Foundation, Inc. (C-AAF) is pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s mixed decision to strike down parts of Arizona’s SB 1070 that seeks to criminalize undocumented immigrants seeking or engaging in employment.
A ruling of 5-3 is another saga in the ongoing struggle for immigration reform between the Democrats and the Republicans, which neither party appears to be having any firm grip on.
The Supreme Court struck down three main sections of the law and upheld Section 2(B), thus telling Arizona how it could enforce that section of the law. Justice Kennedy wrote that,
“Immigration policy can affect trade, investment, tourism, and diplomatic relations for the entire Nation, as well as the perceptions and expectations of aliens in this country who seek the full protection of the laws.”
It is sad to see both sides claiming victory when in fact no one really wins. What we are left with is unemployed Americans wondering if immigrants are taking their jobs or not. Polls now show that immigration is far behind the limping economy as voters try to make up their minds.
The Supreme Court’s decision is a clear message to the Federal Government and the States that a comprehensive immigration policy is needed for America.
The US Congress must act now on a comprehensive immigration reform policy that will help put America back on the road to recovery.