Brewer ‘Grateful for Legal Victory’ on Supreme Court Ruling of Arizona Law

By Melanie Arter | June 25, 2012 | 2:47 PM EDT

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer went to the White House on Thursday, June 3, 2010, to discuss Arizona's strict new immigration law. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

( Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer called the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on SB 1070, the Arizona immigration law is a “legal victory,” saying she is focused on “the true task ahead: the implementation and enforcement of this law in an even-handed manner that lives up to our highest ideals as American citizens.”

The high court upheld one of four provisions in the law that were challenged, saying that law enforcement may check the immigration status of those they stop during the course of enforcing the law as long as they have “reasonable suspicion” that the individual is an illegal immigrant.

“The case for SB 1070 has always been about our support for the rule of law. That means every law, including those against both illegal immigration and racial profiling. Law enforcement will be held accountable should this statute be misused in a fashion that violates an individual’s civil rights,” she said at a press conference following the court’s ruling Monday.

“The last two years have been spent in preparation for this ruling. Upon signing SB 1070 in 2010, I issued an Executive Order directing the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZ POST) to develop and provide training to ensure our officers are prepared to enforce this law efficiently, effectively and in a manner consistent with the Constitution,” she said.

“In recent days, in anticipation of this decision, I issued a new Executive Order asking that this training be made available once again to all of Arizona’s law enforcement officers. I am confident our officers are prepared to carry out this law responsibly and lawfully. Nothing less is acceptable,” Brewer added.

Brewer expects additional legal challenges to SB 1070.

“Our critics are already preparing new litigation tactics in response to their loss at the Supreme Court, and undoubtedly will allege inequities in the implementation of the law. As I said two years ago on the day I signed SB 1070 into law, ‘We cannot give them that chance. We must use this new tool wisely, and fight for our safety with the honor Arizona deserves,’” Brewer said.