Rally at State Capitol for Pearce’s Proposals Draws Major Crowd, VIPs

(Left to Right) Rep. Vic Williams, Sen. Russell Pearce, Rep. Sam Crump, LD11 Senate Candidate Rich Davis, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Rep. Jerry Weiers, JD Hayworth, Sen. Thayer Verschoor, County Attorney Andrew Thomas, Sen. John Huppenthal

(Left to Right) Rep. Vic Williams, Sen. Russell Pearce, Rep. Sam Crump, LD11 Senate Candidate Rich Davis, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Rep. Jerry Weiers, JD Hayworth, Sen. Thayer Verschoor, County Attorney Andrew Thomas, Sen. John Huppenthal

Yesterday’s press conference at the State Capitol drew 200+ people in support of State Senator Russell Pearce’s efforts to strengthen immigration enforcement.  Several organizations were represented, including the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, and many of the more than 40 legislators supporting the effort were also in attendance.  Also participating in the press conference were former Congressman and KFYI host JD Hayworth, County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Pearce unveiled legislation at the press conference that would crack down on illegal immigration in various ways.  The three components of the bill are:

1.  Outlawing sanctuary city policies by prohibiting cities and towns in Arizona from limiting or restricting the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

2.  Making it a Class 1 misdemeanor for an illegal alien to enter into or be on any public or private land in Arizona if they are in violation of federal immigration law. The charge is elevated to a Class 4 felony if someone is convicted, deported and then returns to Arizona. The charge would rise to a Class 2 felony if this person violates this section of the law while committing other crimes involving illegal drugs, weapons or terrorism.

3.  Beefing up the state’s employer sanctions law by giving civil subpoena power to prosecuting agencies, enabling them to question witnesses and obtained needed documentation. It is the same type of authority used by the Arizona Insurance Department and the Department of Liquor License and Control, and it will give prosecutors the ability to more efficiently and more quickly investigate claims.

Pearce is hoping for a referral from the Legislature that would put these items on the ballot.  Failing that, he will be pursuing them as voter-initiatives.


Comments

  1. Yup- there’s our Small Government Republican leaders looking to expand the power of the Government and give Andy Thomas and Arpaio all they need to further create a police state.
    Oh ya, and the endless litigation they’ll create by letting every Tom Dick and Harry sue the cities because they think they’re sanctuary cities. That some more good use of our tax dollars.

    I love how these guys are bastions of te taxpayer-except for when it doesn’t fit an agenda.

    Russell- how about a TEA Party on the Capitol lawn for the millions wasted by Thomas and Joe?

  2. Public safety first says

    I wonder if Steve is really Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, who was conspicuously absent from this rally. He seems to spend most of his time on his pseudo-anonymous blog “Mesa Issues” bashing Arpaio and illegal immigration enforcement. Which doesn’t represent his constituents in the East Valley very well, who are very conservative and reelected Russell Pearce with wide margins every time. Wonder if Mesa voters know and approve of his blog? Doubt they agree with it.

    http://mesaissues.blogspot.com/2009/10/sheriff-arpaio-continues-to-pick-fights.html

  3. East Valley Soccer Mom says

    Our family reads Mesa Issues & support Mayor Smith and Sen. Pearce. Mesa Issues wrote positively about Pearce often during the last election & about all of the bad things said about him. I missed the rally, were there other mayors who attended?

  4. When did it become a waste of tax payers dollars to enforce the law? Perhaps the true waste of money and resources is spent on the refusal to deal with the immigration problem. Regardless of weather or not you feel what this group of individuals is doing is right or wrong at least they are doing something. I have no respect for elected officials who want to leave a problem unaddressed because its a safe carrier move. Where are the solutions from the other side?

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