Dear Friend of FAIR (and America):
Just back from the Supreme Court steps and the scene there is both chaotic and invigorating. As is clear from the oral arguments in U.S. v. Arizona, the years of effort we've put into re-igniting a state role in U.S. immigration law enforcement are paying off.
Building on the favorable decision last year involving Arizona's "E-verify" mandate, many justices today were skeptical of the Obama Administration's arguments by the Solicitor General that Arizona's SB1070 is unconstitutional. Even Justice Sotomayor conceded that on the most volatile provision – the one requiring Arizona police to obtain legal status verification under certain circumstances – the Administration's arguments "weren't selling very well."
It appears to me that some of SB1070's most powerful provisions are likely to survive this Supreme Court review. We have much more on these arguments (today's arguments) on our website.
This is huge. Thanks to your support, FAIR and our legal affiliate IRLI have been able to carry on a long-term battle to ensure an effective immigration control framework for America – a framework that includes a strong, helping hand from affected states. Nothing is more important than forging the structure while keeping on the pressure. You have my word that we will continue to fight the FAIR fight for true immigration reform in the best interests of Americans, like yourself.
But there is much more to be done. Please consider standing by FAIR once again. We are proud of all we've done to support Arizona and all we plan to do. I encourage you to make a donation today. Any amount will help us in building on this success and moving forward with the enormous demands facing our small team of experts to deliver the expertise that "slays the dragon" opposing us every day. I know I can count on you.
My sincere thanks,
Dan Stein, President
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