Senator Tony Fulton of Lincoln and Senator Charlie Janssen of Fremont have signed on to an amicus curiae brief in support of Arizona’s S.B. 1070. The brief will be filed today with the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of State Legislators for Legal Immigration, a national group of which Fulton and Janssen are members.
“I have signed on to this amicus brief because I agree with State Legislators for Legal Immigration’s belief in a balanced federalism and the reality that states have a role to play with regard to our immigration policy,” said Fulton. “The brief rightly cites the federal government’s 287(g) program as an example of the collaborative role of state law enforcement in legal immigration and is something that I will continue to support in the Legislature.”
“This amicus curiae statement is the right thing to do,” said Janssen. “It shows that state and local governments have the right to enforce federal laws within their own jurisdiction in regard to illegal immigration. The principle of ‘dual sovereignty’ is one of the most important foundations in our system of government. I strongly support this statement, and am eager to push forward with similar legislation when our own State Legislature reconvenes in January.”
From News Release Sent to The Nebraska Radio Network