MORGANTON, NC-- Congressional candidate Vance Patterson, running in Western North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, issued the following statement today following the United States Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of a controversial and far reaching law passed in the state to curb the effects of illegal immigration. The argument from the State of Arizona centered on the assertion that their law was mostly a parallel with existing Federal law, and simply gave the State enforcement powers. While the Court upheld a major portion of the law that requires police in the state to check the immigration status of people they stop, the ruling also struck down three other major provisions. Conservatives and Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer are hailing the decision as a victory.
“The court decision released on Monday was ultimately a victory for the people of Arizona, and for other states that wish to protect themselves from the unsustainable effects of illegal immigration,” said Patterson. “This decision clears the way for states to confidently pass legislation that protects the immigration process, and respects the privilege of being an American by birth or by the effort of pursuing citizenship. In many ways this also clarifies the type of legislation that will need to be passed at the Federal level to further empower the states, and for the Federal government to ultimately fulfill its responsibility to protect our borders.”
Vance Patterson is a candidate for North Carolina's 11th congressional district in the July 17th Republican primary runoff. Patterson is an entrepreneur in Morganton, NC, and has started 16 companies throughout his career, including two that have been named in “INC. 500 fastest growing companies in America.”