The Arizona Police Association Endorses Arizona’s Tough on Crime AG Candidate Andrew Thomas
PHOENIX, AZ. June 16, 2010: The Arizona Police Association (APA) announced its endorsement of Andrew Thomas for Arizona Attorney General in a statement today. APA is the professional group that works to provide a voice for law enforcement throughout Arizona. It counts nearly 9,000 officers among its ranks.
Brian Livingston the Executive Director of the APA said in the statement, “The association recognizes Mr. Thomas’ unwavering support for the law enforcement community as a whole, his experience in the realm of criminal and civil prosecutions and his willingness to address issues that have long been ignored by others in seeking prosecutorial office.”
Thomas has also been endorsed by other notable Arizona law enforcement leaders including Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh, Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Former Arizona Attorney General and NRA President Bob Corbin, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, National Border Patrol Council, Local 2544 and Arizona Right to Life have endorsed Thomas as well.
During Thomas’ time in office, crime rates plummeted. The 19 percent drop is more than twice the national rate of decline, in despite of an 11 percent increase in the county’s population during that time. The illegal immigrant population has dropped by anywhere from 18 percent (Dept. of Homeland Security estimate) to 30 percent (Center for Immigration Studies estimate). Like the fall in crime rates, this dramatic decline in illegal immigration is far greater than the average in the rest of the nation.
Thomas has a track record of successfully defending illegal immigration crackdowns in our courts, including his successful efforts to prosecute illegal immigrants for conspiring to violate the state’s human-smuggling law and to defend Prop 200’s voter ID requirements and the employer-sanctions law, which he defended along with the Attorney General’s Office.
If elected Attorney General Thomas has pledged to expand that office’s prosecutions of illegal immigrants under the state’s human smuggling laws. The office is not currently pursuing such prosecutions.
Thomas is married with four children. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Prior to serving as Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas served as an assistant attorney general for Arizona, deputy counsel and criminal justice policy advisor to the Governor, special assistant to the Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, and a deputy county attorney.
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