Emmer statement on Arizona immigration ruling

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Emmer released a statement on a judge’s ruling that blocks part of Arizona’s new immigration law. Here’s the statement from Emmer (via release):

Every state has the constitutional authority, even the obligation to protect it’s citizens from any threat to the safety of their person or their property.

The Court in this case ignores the real constitutional question in an attempt to justify the federal government’s failure to secure our borders and create a realistic, consistent, easy to understand path to citizenship. We need to encourage immigrants who still desire the freedom and opportunity the United States is supposed to offer to enter this country legally and, further, to become productive and contributing members of the community.