ICE: Leave Immigration Enforcement to Feds
POSTED: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 11:54am
UPDATED: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 12:26am
In a statement given to News Channel 9, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said they do not want individual states to adopt immigration laws like Arizona's.
Here is the full statement:
"ICE will continue to enforce our nation's immigration laws in a smart, effective way. An inconsistent state-by-state approach to immigration enforcement is not viable and we are actively working with members of Congress from both parties to make necessary reforms to our immigration laws at the federal level. We will continue to work with our state and local law enforcement partners in Arizona and around the country to improve public safety. Enforcing our nation's immigration laws is primarily the responsibility of the federal government and we will continue to do so by focusing our efforts on those who have committed crimes and endanger our communities, on employers who knowingly hire illegal labor, and on combating transnational criminal organizations. "
Last week the director of I.C.E., John Morton, announced he didn't support Arizona's law. The Justice Department has recently challenged the law in federal court, saying that it interferes with the federal government's authority.