Local lawmakers, officials react to SCOTUS immigration ruling
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The Supreme Court struck down several provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law Monday, however police will be allowed to ask suspects to prove their immigration status if they look like they could be illegal immigrants.
Justices said the "show me your papers" provision could still be subject to additional legal challenges.
However, their ruling won’t be felt in Texas for several months.
“The Court’s decision should be viewed narrowly,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas said. “The states retain the right to ask people about their immigration status is about all that it said."
Rep. Doggett says Monday's decision only further invites Congress to act fast on comprehensive immigration reform. It’s a power that Doggett and many Democrats, including the Obama administration, feel should stay in Washington.
“I believe that those Texas legislators ought to get about addressing the real problems in our state [education] and leave comprehensive immigration reform to the federal government. That’s largely the thrust of today’s court decision,” Rep. Doggett said.
Texas Republicans see the court's decision to uphold that single provision as a victory for states' rights.
Gov. Rick Perry issued a statement saying, “No state should be held hostage to a federal government that refuses to enforce the laws of the land.”
Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton issued a statement Monday afternoon outlining his department’s policy since 2008, which states no one will be stopped, questioned, detained or arrested solely on the ground that they may be undocumented and deportable foreign nationals. That policy will not be affected by Monday’s ruling.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.