Romney Says Arizona Immigration Law Is a Muddle
On Monday, Mitt Romney said the decision by the Supreme Court should have allowed states to have more latitude in dealing with immigration than what the justices gave, when they struck down three key parts of the tough new law in Arizona. The presumptive nominee for the Republican Party did not address any specifics of the decision by the high court.
He said it would have been better if the Court had given more latitude to states, not less. Romney said that states under the decision have even less authority and less latitude on enforcing immigration law.
Romney used the ruling on Monday to criticize the White House administration for what the former governor of Massachusetts termed as inaction on all fronts on immigration reform until last week. The Republican called for a national strategy on immigration and said he would tackle the problem of immigration in his first year in the White House.
Three of the provisions in the hard line immigration enforcement law in Arizona were struck down by the Court. Those three included: making it a criminal offense in Arizona for an undocumented immigrant to look for work or have a job; requiring immigrants to carry all immigrations papers; and allowing law enforcement officers to arrest any suspected illegal immigrants even without warrants.
Romney would not answer any questions that asked whether he agreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling or if he would support laws, the Court found to be unconstitutional. Romney said the right course for the country is to end the lawsuits against the states that are attempting to do the job the White House has failed to do.