Duncan Statement on SCOTUS's AZ Ruling

June 26, 2012
Press Release

Duncan Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s Immigration Law


Washington, DC—South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan issued the following statement after the Supreme Court issued their ruling on Arizona’s immigration law:

“I appreciate the U.S. Supreme Court’s willingness to rule on the constitutionality of Arizona’s immigration law.  Despite the mixed ruling, I’m glad to see that a key provision of both Arizona’s and South Carolina’s immigration law, the ability for law enforcement to verify someone’s legal status during an ‘authorized lawful detention,’ was left intact.”

“Ultimately, the court’s decision reaffirms my long standing belief that Congress needs to step up to the plate when it comes to securing the border and enforcing our immigration laws.  I’ve co-sponsored numerous pieces of common sense legislation that would uphold the rule of law and improve our national security.”

“President Obama’s recent executive order on immigration enforcement was an unconstitutional overreach of authority that essentially grants de facto amnesty to those who are in our country illegally. The issue of illegal immigration won’t be solved by a presidential decree; it’s a complicated issue that must be decided by the American people.”



Congressman Duncan has co-sponsored the following immigration related legislation:


  • Birthright Citizenship Act of 2011 (H.R. 140)
  • Secure the Capitol Act (H.R. 280)
  • Secure Border Act of 2011 (H.R. 1299)
  • Legal Eligibility for Granting a Loan Act of 2011 (H.R. 695)
  • Student Visa Security Act (HR 1211)
  • Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act (HR 1134)
  • Unlawful Border Entry Prevention Act of 2011 (HR 1091)
  • No Health Care Subsidies for Illegal Aliens Act of 2010 (HR 6444)
  • Nuclear Family Priority Act (HR 692)
  • SAFE for America Act (ends the visa lottery program) (HR 704)
  • Multilingual Services Accounting Act (HR 1715)
  • Deport Convicted Foreign Criminals Act (H.R. 2199)
  • Refundable Child Tax Credit Eligibility Verification Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 1956)
  • SEND Act (HR 3422)