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Sanctuary cities bill brings protestors to Arizona Capitol
March 13, 2010, 3:37 pm
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Sanctuary cities bill brings protestors to Arizona Capitol
by Stephanie Snyder
Dolan Media Newswires

PHOENIX, AZ — Nearly 100 people demonstrated in front of the Executive Tower today to advocate both for and against a bill that would alter laws related to illegal immigration.

Bill S1070, which has passed the Senate and is ready for debate in the House, would prohibit state and local governments from enacting policies that would conflict with federal immigration laws. It also would mandate that all government employees make a “reasonable attempt” to determine a person’s immigration status if there is suspicion that he or she is an illegal immigrant.

Liz Hourican, 40, of Phoenix, said she opposes the bill because it would put a lot of added pressure on local law enforcement, and it would fail to accomplish the real issue of dealing with comprehensive immigration reform.

“There’s a human way to deal with this and it’s through leadership and good governance and making hard decisions,” she said.

Hourican said she has protested at the Capitol several times because Sen. Russell Pearce, a Mesa Republican and sponsor of S1070, has been trying to pass laws that will cost taxpayers money without accomplishing anything.

“Russell Pearce is making a lot of bad laws, and he works in tandem with Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas,” she said while holding a sign that said “Stop Racist Russell. It’s a waste of money.”

The bill also would permit illegal immigrants to be charged with trespassing, make it illegal for people to enter a vehicle that is stopped in the street while seeking work and punish drivers that disrupt traffic to hire a day worker.

Martha Payan, 57, of Phoenix, said she supports the bill because the laws in place now don’t go far enough to restrict illegal immigration.

“It’s reached a point where our legislators need to start doing their jobs,” she said. “They need to start voting these bills in. These bills are nothing but the straight-out truth of what needs to be done. It’s been going on too long.”

Payan said she is not an advocate for amnesty or immigration reform because she said the state’s problems with kidnapping, home invasions and drug trafficking can all be attributed to illegal immigrants.

“We need to send ‘em all back and start with a clean slate,” she said.


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