Q: Were you satisfied with the Supreme Court's ruling on the Arizona immigration law?
A: I didn't expect the entire law to be upheld. The part that was, was the most important part. I view that as a victory for Arizona. Arizona wanted to enforce those laws because the federal government won't. Basically the state was saying, "You're failing to enforce these laws." The centerpiece, and the most controversial part, was where Arizona wanted to be able to check immigration status if there was "reasonable suspicion" where [the state] didn't have that authority before.
Q: Democrats are also claiming victory with this decision. Did one side win?
A: Federal government [backers] are claiming victory because they don't want anyone enforcing immigration laws, including themselves. They are happy that the problem will still exist. However, this portion where law enforcement can check immigration status is a huge victory for Arizona, and the Supreme Court is agreeing that there is a role to be played [for states] when dealing with immigration.