Immagration Checks Move Forward in AZ After Supreme Court Ruling According to Governor Brewer

Phoenix, AZ…“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law. It is also a victory for the
10 Amendment and all Americans who believe in the inherent right and responsibility of states to defend their
citizens. After more than two years of legal challenges, the heart of SB 1070 can now be implemented in
accordance with the U.S. Constitution.

“While we are grateful for this legal victory, today is an opportunity to reflect on our journey and focus
upon the true task ahead: the implementation and enforcement of this law in an even-handed manner that lives
up to our highest ideals as American citizens. I know the State of Arizona and its law enforcement officers are
up to the task. The case for SB 1070 has always been about our support for the rule of law. That means every
law, including those against both illegal immigration and racial profiling. Law enforcement will be held
accountable should this statute be misused in a fashion that violates an individual’s civil rights.
“The last two years have been spent in preparation for this ruling. Upon signing SB 1070 in 2010, I
issued an Executive Order directing the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) to
develop and provide training to ensure our officers are prepared to enforce this law efficiently, effectively and in
a manner consistent with the Constitution. In recent days, in anticipation of this decision, I issued a new
Executive Order asking that this training be made available once again to all of Arizona’s law enforcement
officers. I am confident our officers are prepared to carry out this law responsibly and lawfully. Nothing less is
“Of course, today’s ruling does not mark the end of our journey. It can be expected that legal
challenges to SB 1070 and the State of Arizona will continue. Our critics are already preparing new litigation
tactics in response to their loss at the Supreme Court, and undoubtedly will allege inequities in the
implementation of the law. As I said two years ago on the day I signed SB 1070 into law, ‘We cannot give them
that chance. We must use this new tool wisely, and fight for our safety with the honor Arizona deserves.’”