U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says the United States Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s immigration law sends a message to Congress. Echoing the president’s comments, Durbin says it’s time for Congress to visit the subject of comprehensive immigration legislation. “This decision by the Supreme Court should be a wakeup call for Congress to get busy on immigration reform,” Durbin said, adding that “a dose of reality” is that there will not be immigration reform this year.
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“The House Republican leadership has already announced they won’t consider it. I don’t know if there’s an appetite on the Senate side but certainly with the limited amount of time left I don’t think we’ll get into the subject.” Durbin had hoped the high court would strike down the whole Arizona law. He says at least the “most egregious” parts were struck down. The court allowed a provision requiring police to check the immigration status of someone they stop for another reason and suspect is in the country illegally.
Durbin hopes other states don’t take it upon themselves to pass immigration laws. “That is not consistent with a great nation, we need one national policy when it comes to immigration,” Durbin said.