Robert Shapiro (R-Andover), who is a candidate in the race for the 5th Congressional District, is just as moved by the immigration debate as the rest of us. The invalidation of key parts of S.B. 1070 has stoked passions on both sides of the immigration debate, and more people are making themselves heard. In light of this latest development, Shapiro agreed to discuss the ruling yesterday.
A few days ago, U.S. District judge Susan Bolton struck down the most controversial provisions of the Arizona immigration law. What is your response to the ruling?
Arizona has a right to take to take action because illegal immigration endangers states. People that come into this country illegally have access to our public services. Public services were created for the benefit of legal citizens, not for illegal immigrants. It’s not fair to everyone that is here legally to have to support people that are here illegally.
Do you agree with the judge’s decision to strike down parts of the law?
The Arizona law enforced federal regulations that were already in place. Arizona was merely doing what was asked by the federal government.
What makes you say that states have a right to pass immigration legislation?
Like I said, illegal immigration harms states because illegal immigrants can use public services. A state can’t support itself economically if the services its paying for are being used by people that don’t have legal access. That’s why, if elected, I would support measures to close loopholes that currently allow illegal immigrants to use public services, many of which are supported by federal funds. People shouldn’t be rewarded for breaking our laws.
To read the rest of Shapiro’s interview, read 5th Congressional district candidate, part 2.