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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 5:36 pm

Gov. Jan Brewer:

“She (Judge Susan Bolton) was very well informed. She was very thoughtful. I think both sides of this debate, the people were impressed by her latitude and her breadth of understanding of what she was doing.”

“But the bottom line is, is that I look at this as a bump in the road. This is a temporary injunction saying that the feds don’t have to do their job.”

“We will get our arms around it. And I will meet with my legal counsel and we will determine where we’re headed from here.”

“I have always said that, regardless of what happened, it probably would be appealed from either side. And I would presume at this point in time that is the direction in which we’re headed.”

State Sen. Russell Pearce:

“She’s absolutely wrong. I would expect more from Judge Bolton.”

“This is only a temporary setback.”

“I’m disappointed Judge Bolton doesn’t have more respect for the law and the damage to America. The suits should have been thrown out on their face. This is about enforcing existing law. This is about protecting the citizens of Arizona from those who break our laws. They have a constitutional right to expect the laws to be enforced to protect them from those who break our laws.”

“We have the resources and the technology to do what we need to do (to secure the border). What we lack is the political will.”

“The point is that (even with the partial injunction) this law will go into effect. The handcuffs come off Thursday.”

Hannah August, spokeswoman, U.S. Department of Justice:

“While we understand the frustration of Arizonans with the broken immigration system, a patchwork of state and local policies would seriously disrupt federal immigration enforcement and would ultimately be counterproductive. States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework. This administration takes its responsibility to secure our borders seriously and has dedicated unprecedented resources to that effort.”

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard: (Brewer ousted him from defending the case, questioning his commitment to the law)

“Many parts about the governor’s appearance in 1070 are political. The most dramatic is trying to make sure that only she got to defend the law and our very experienced team of constitutional experts at the AG’s office couldn’t help out.”

“I’m not going to second guess how the case was tried. But I think that a joint effort would have made more sense. For political reasons, she refused to do it.”

“I’m not here to say that I could have guaranteed a different result. I just think that when you’re in an important fight for the state, you usually try to put all the best resources you have on the table. And Gov. Brewer didn’t do that.”

Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund:

“Tomorrow promises to be a much brighter day in Arizona than anyone thought it would be just 24 hours ago. Of course, even today’s great victory must be tempered by the knowledge that any provision that remains in place is ripe for misuse. The hard work to vindicate fully our federal constitutional values must continue.”

Omar Jadwat, staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project:

“This is a major step towards overturning Arizona’s law that if allowed to go into effect would turn Latinos and other people who appear ‘foreign’ into criminal suspects and create an un-American ‘show me your papers’ regime. States and other local jurisdictions cannot be allowed to enact local measures that interfere with federal policies and priorities and invite racial profiling.”

U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl:

“We are deeply disappointed in the court’s ruling today and disagree with the court’s opinion that the Arizona law will unduly ‘burden’ the enforcement of federal immigration law. Instead of wasting taxpayer resources filing a lawsuit against Arizona and complaining that the law would be burdensome, the Obama administration should have focused its efforts on working with Congress to provide the necessary resources to support the state in its efforts to act where the federal government has failed to take responsibility.”

U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords:

“State lawyers arguing with federal lawyers will not help us secure our border, fix our broken immigration system or improve safety for the ranchers of Cochise County, the seniors of Green Valley or the families of Tucson. Judge Bolton’s ruling is an affirmation of the fact that the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws is the responsibility of federal government. It is time — in fact, it is way past time — for the federal government to start taking that responsibility seriously.”

U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake:

“It’s frustrating to have the federal government actively preventing states from addressing immigration enforcement, when the federal government has shown that it’s unwilling to address immigration reform on its own. It’s going to take comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level to successfully address this issue, so I wish that the White House would devote as much energy and political capital to moving reform through Congress as it is in going after Arizona.”

State Senate Minority Leader Jorge Garcia:

“For months, Senate Democrats have stated that SB 1070 only creates divisions within our communities, redirects local law enforcement and opens the doors to racial profiling. The injunction of portions of SB 1070 will allow the country to refocus on comprehensive solutions to immigration instead of creating thousands of unworkable standards.”

Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall:

“Prior to this decision my office had engaged in significant planning and training for the implementation of SB 1070 and stood ready to enforce the law. We are prepared to uphold the decision handed down today by the United States District Judge Susan Bolton.”

State House Speaker Kirk Adams:

“Congress has not forbidden states from helping to enforce immigration law, in fact it has welcomed the help. We wish the Obama administration were as welcoming. Arizonans and all Americans deserve leadership that is committed to both securing the border and protecting the Rule of Law.”

“For years, Arizona has asked for help from the federal government to secure the border and enforce federal immigration laws to no avail. Instead of its constitutionally mandated duty of protecting its citizens, the Obama administration has decided not to enforce federal immigration law claiming a lack of resources meanwhile showing ambivalence on the significant burden to Arizona citizens in terms of border related violence and heavy infrastructure costs in the billions of dollars annually.”

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick:

“The courts may have ruled in favor of the federal government today, but the legal wrangling is just beginning. We have months and months of courtroom battles ahead of us, and Arizona’s taxpayers are being forced to fund both sides. That is money that should be going towards protecting our communities.”

“There are no winners here. No matter what the courts ultimately decide, we will still have wasted millions of dollars and our borders will still not be secure. The administration needs to stop pursuing this distraction, and start working with us to get the border region under control and develop a national immigration strategy.”

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva:

“This is an important moment for the nation to pause and take a deep breath. We need to concentrate on the economy, the lack of jobs and teachers, and the other crucial issues facing Arizona and the rest of the country. As part of this pause, I am encouraging national groups to return their conventions and conferences to the state to help us change the political and economic climate.”

U.S. Rep. Harry Mitchell:

“Today’s ruling should not provide Washington any kind of excuse not to address the issue. Arizonans are justifiably fed up with the federal government’s failure to secure the border and fix our broken immigration system, and are fed up with of all the political posturing and grandstanding on this issue.”

“I still firmly believe that decision for the Justice Department to sue Arizona was the wrong direction to go. I’ve repeatedly urged President Obama and his administration against suing our state because I strongly believe their time, efforts and resources should be focused on securing our border and helping fix our broken immigration system. Arizona needs Washington to take action, but protracted litigation is definitely not the kind of action we need.”

Arizona’s three Catholic bishops:

“We, the Roman Catholic Bishops in Arizona, commend Judge Susan Bolton for enjoining some of the more problematic provisions of SB 1070.”

“As Bishops in our respective dioceses, we know that in practically every parish there are families that have been living with the fear and anxiety generated by SB 1070 that they might be torn apart. The situation of these families might be that one parent is a citizen and that the other is not in our country legally. Or, the situation might be that some children in the family are citizens and that a brother or sister is not here legally.”

Matt Chandler, deputy press secretary, Department of Homeland Security:

“The court’s decision to enjoin most of SB 1070 correctly affirms the federal government’s responsibilities in enforcing our nation’s immigration laws.”

“DHS will enforce federal immigration laws in Arizona and around the country in smart, effective ways that focus our resources on criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat and employers who knowingly hire illegal labor, as well as continue to secure our border.”

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