July 28th, 2010
04:13 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain, Kyl 'deeply disappointed in the court's ruling'

(CNN) – Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl released a statement Monday regarding the United States District Court of Arizona's decision:

"We are deeply disappointed in the court's ruling today and disagree with the court's opinion that the Arizona's law will unduly 'burden' the enforcement of federal immigration law.

"Instead of wasting tax payer 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."

"After this decision, it's even more important to implement our Ten Point Border Security plan to protect Arizonans and our country."

Read a statement from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer after the jump.

"We don't know exactly where we are going to go. We knew that regardless of what happened today one side or the other side was going to appeal. ... So this begins the process," Brewer said. "This is an injunction. They have not heard the merits of the bill. ... This is just an injunction, a temporary injunction.

"We are going to continue to request that we get heard on this and the citizens of Arizona are protected.

"I think it is important that they, the federal government, got relief from the courts to not do their job. That means now they have got this temporary injunction, they need to step up and do the job that they have the responsibility to do for the people of America and the people of Arizona." -Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • issues • John McCain • Jon Kyl
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. ME

    Sniffit, you have some the best, level-headed thoughts around.

    July 28, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Robert

    There's an irony with Arizona and its supporters trying to circumvent the law and the legal process in its attempts to target illegals don't you think?

    They should be embracing the judicial process to show they really support the legality. But they don't which can only lead one to believe there is something else they don't like about "illegals".

    July 28, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. southern cousin

    Oh look the libs got the talking notes from the "Nutworks Network" that told them to call everybody racist. Once again Obozo and the libs go against the will of the American people who actually pay taxes and work. Come on November, lets get rid of these people. Remember when Obozo the union toady liar said that mandatory participation in the Obozocare plan was not a tax and his own DOJ is defending as, gues what, a tax. Remember, when he said not one dime more? Guess what? HE LIED. REMEMBER HE WAS TRAINED BY UNIONS TO LIE AND THEY ARE THE BEST AT IT.

    July 28, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Kyl is a JOKE. McShame and company were out there with King Bush having lunch with lobbyists that love cheap illegals for labor. Now all of sudden with the righties are all excited, they flip flop and act like it is a state of emergency. Where were you rightie Puritans 20+ years ago when we had Republican Presidents with the exact same border issues?

    July 28, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. a vet

    how easily people forget that the last 2 years of Bush's presidency the Democrats had majority in the house...play the blame bush game...it's his fault..

    simple fact is the AZ law only upheld the federal law but the administration is praying for more votes and if the hispanics get citizenship or amesty that have more people to vote for them.....
    you want citizenship in this country... prove you love this country and go through the LEGAL channels like the legal immigrants did..stop flying the flag of your country and refusing to learn american ways or speak english ..

    If you are so da** proud of your mexican flag then go back there..why did you come here if you don't want to be American!

    fact: there is a change and if you can't see how this country is swinging to socialism you have to be a blind man...

    I am for legal immigration but not amesty and I am sick of people talking about this is what the melting pot is...

    America's melting pot is a blend of immigtrants with a common goal...becoming one nation and Americans..It's accepting our culture and learning our american ways..

    Legal immigration is the only way and amesty is a disgrace to those that came in and put in the effort it took to become citizens.

    July 28, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. The unsub

    These two are simply amazing. They are part of the party of "no." They need to remember that the voters will be the "voters of no" come November and 2012...."no" to the Republicans.

    July 28, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Webb

    We have had illegals working at our ranch before I was born and I am 45 now. Immigration comes through every couple of years and gets some but we made deals to keep our main guys. Its not going to change. Democrats think they are part of their new voting pool and to me they are just good workers and family people. Don't fight it – Its never going to change.

    July 28, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. McCain is senile

    July 28th, 2010 4:32 pm ET

    well the gates are open now arent they how many votes is barrie boi going to get out of this? open borders I am changing my name to jose so i can get welfare free medical and rape and kill and just be deported back to mexico and then i can cross thr border and do it all over again

    Amazing that people like this idiot are allowed to breathe our air.

    July 28, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Joe P

    What did anyone expect. The judge was a Clinton Appointment. Did anyone expect anything different? It is a sad day when one person has the ability to block a law that the vast majority of people in Ariona and the USA want simply because of her Liberal ideology.

    July 28, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. billybob 'n NC

    McCain..... Ex-Never was-Maverick... now a tea bagger.

    July 28, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Sande

    By the way, will the Cops in Arizona be requesting proof of citizenship from every PERSON that they stop as well? I bet they won't because caucasians are never suspicious of WRONG DOING. I completely understand the need for Immigration Reform, but it must be done with dignity, fairness and without bias. We all need to PRAY and LOVE more.

    July 28, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. vegage

    I do not understand why McCain is disappointed. He supported Bush with his immigration reform, and now he is against exactly the same legislation but only because Obama is the president. He is just flip flopping depending on which direction the wind is blowing, that is a lack of of principles and character.

    July 28, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Rickster

    Shot down by a Clinton appointed judge. Elections have consequences and each time democrats are elected we get stuck with the consequences. Wonder why this country has been going downhill? Because idiot democrats get elected at the federal, state and local levels and bring their idiot democrat ideas with them. For the past 40 years democrats have been slowly eroding the greatness of this country. Remember this in November.

    July 28, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. The unsub

    What if President Obama was a Republican? Hmmm.....

    July 28, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Hugo

    Marcus July 28th, 2010 4:24 pm ET

    Hugo – 'Really, blatantly unconstitutional? Please enlighten us as it mirrors the Federal law ALMOST verbatim'...
    There, you have it. 'ALMOST', which means that you agree that there are parts that does NOT mirror the Federal laws...
    Which parts?
    Racial profiling, for starters, since there's hardly any chance of a white and blonde dude be stopped for (say) jaywalking and then has his documents checked under the suspicion of being an illegal alien, BUT if its a Latin Ancestry white man caught jaywalking... AND considering that most of the illegals in Arizona are of Latin-American Ancestry... then even American citizens of Latin-American Ancestry will have to get out of their homes with documentation that proves that they are not illegal aliens or else.
    To force a group of AMERICAN citizens to endure any obligation because of their Ancestry is against the law man...
    Well Marcus, I guess you haven't read the law as it specifically prohibits racial profiling. Listen, if you have ever traveled ANYWHERE outside of the US, you are required to keep your visa or passport on your person at all times. Arizona and many other States are being over run by illegal immigrants and not all of them are here for legal work, none belong here. They are sucking up our social services, jamming our healthcare costs and depleting the funding for our public schools. YOU need to read the law instead of listening to blogger's bull crap, the law will stand in the Supreme Court and most possibly at least 9 other States will join in before this is over. It equates to the same thing if you're pulled over for speeding or any other crime, produce your drivers license or SS card or other approved ID. We do the same thing now, it's only a racial issue because it is a single demographic make up that is over running us!

    July 28, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. M-AZ

    McCain & Kyl,

    You two have had plenty of time to pursue the issue of immigration reform; you haven't done much else. If you had been more relentless in your efforts we would not be dealing with a problem which has become overwhelmingly complicated...Voters see right through your BS and politicizing.

    McCain, in all honesty immigration reform should have been a big part of what defines your political legacy, instead it has Sarah Palin stamped all over it...Time to go Senator!

    July 28, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Duane Bernard, Tucson, Az

    When are people in Arizona going to get mad at their elected Republican officials? They have been raping and pillaging the State for the past 10 years! Vote these crooks out ... McCain, Brewer, Arpio, Kyl and Pearce. And whats the deal going on with Brewer and the prison systen $$$$$. What connection does she have with the Arizona's state private prison system and kickbacks of $$$$$.

    July 28, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. DJ in TX

    Mr. McCain, you voted AGAINST your own comprehensive immagration bill when the political winds changed. You got scared, plain and simple. You had the chance to do something, created the bill, got the co-sponsors, then voted against your own bill.

    Just because words are written – no racial profilling", it is totally unavoidable. If you got caught speeding, and forgot your license, would you then get suspected of being illegal, but now put a hispanic in the same scenario, he would get asked for his papers (even though he's a legal citizen). What at that point is "reasonable suspicion" that the officer would now need to ask for immagration paperwork?? Only the color of his skin. I'm not saying officers would be on a witch hunt, I don't believe the would, but what is "reasonable suspicion"???????

    July 28, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
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