Editorial: Supreme Court ruling does not fix immigration

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Arizona immigration law, and life as we know it continued.

Both sides claimed victory in what amounts to a ruling that changes parts of the controversial law but leaves the nation no closer to an effective strategy to address immigration.

While the high court ruling primarily centered on the role of the federal government versus the responsibilities of the states, the justices left the law open to further court challenges and legal interpretation. So the heat over immigration reform rages on.

Opponents of the Arizona law say the bill promotes racial profiling of Hispanics. The statute's supporters argue it gives local and state police powers they need to help enforce federal immigration laws, since the federal government has failed to control the flow of illegal immigrants.

Both sides have a point, but there should be no doubt that it is Washington's responsibility to come up with a clear yet comprehensive set of immigration laws and policies.

No state — including Florida — should have to take on a role that clearly falls within the federal government's purview.

Unfortunately, neither the Obama administration nor congressional Republicans have shown real commitment and leadership on this issue. Both sides seem content to slug it out rhetorically rather than compromise to address the plight of the millions of undocumented immigrants in this country.

The Supreme Court did its job and provided some clarity on the Arizona law, but the need for a federal response to reforming the nation's immigration policies remains apparent.

— Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel

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