Thursday, March 11, 2010

Opposition to Illegal-Immigration Bills

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Demonstrators rally at the State Capitol against bills that would, among other provisions, require police to enforce federal laws against illegal immigration.
  • Griselda Nevarez/Cronkite News Service
  • Demonstrators rally at the State Capitol against bills that would, among other provisions, require police to enforce federal laws against illegal immigration.

Sen. Russell Pearce's illegal-immigration omnibus bill is drawing protests at the Capitol.

Griselda Nevarez of Cronkite News Service reports:

Dozens of demonstrators rallied Monday at the State Capitol against bills that would make it trespassing to be in the country illegally and require local law enforcement to assist in enforcing federal immigration laws.

Members of several organizations carried signs and chanted outside the Executive Tower where Gov. Jan Brewer’s office is located. They delivered hundreds of letters urging her to veto SB 1070 and HB 2632 if they reach her desk.

Alfredo Gutierrez, a former state senator, said it would be unconstitutional to charge people in the country illegally with trespassing.

“These are people who aren’t even jaywalking,” he said. “It is merely their presence and their

status of being undocumented that will make them criminals.”

SB 1070, sponsored by Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, won Senate approval and was awaiting action by the House. HB 2632, sponsored by Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, was awaiting a vote by the full House.

Both bills also would make it illegal to pick up and hire undocumented workers.

Anna Gaines, founder and chairwoman of American Citizens United, was among a group of counter-demonstrators who carried signs supporting the bills.

“We need to protect the jobs for Americans that live here,” Gaines said.

But Daniel Rodriguez of Phoenix said allowing law enforcement to ask for a person’s immigration status would make undocumented people reluctant to seek help from police.

“If people are afraid to call the police, then that’s a big threat to our national security,” he said.

Alessandra Soler Meetze, executive director of American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said it would be a mistake to make police enforce federal immigration laws.

“This forces police officers to prioritize immigration enforcement over other public safety duties and I think that is a move in the wrong direction,” she said.

Tags: , , ,

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Jim Nintzel

Today | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat
DO(OM) Yoga

DO(OM) Yoga @ Floor Polish

Sundays, 8-9 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Carnival of Illusion: Magic, Mystery & Oooh La La!

This top-rated illusion show is "Revitalizing Magic" by blending an international travel theme with all the charms… More

@ Scottish Rite Grand Parlour Saturdays. Continues through April 14 160 South Scott Ave

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. The Three Best Ways To Have Fun in Tucson Today (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. The Weekly List: 25 Things To Do In Tucson This Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. The Weekly List: 27 Things To Do In Tucson This Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. The Education of Bill Gates (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. The Tip Off: Rawle Alkins leads Arizona into Tempe to play Tra Holder and Arizona State (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation