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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Guest Commentary

Re: “Guest Commentary

Very well said Mr. Bybee, Ill have to pick your brain on how to get some press, I believe I have the talent to create income from my art as well. You could also help me with my writing. I started an autobiography in 2009, you'll have to give it a read and tell me what you think so far. And I applaud your article here, it's all so very sadly true. Let's build trust understanding and opportunities, not walls . M. Nino

Posted by Melinda Nino on 10/11/2019 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Vote Yes on Prop 205

Prop 205 is just bad for all involved. Its a Do knotting Knee jerk liberal overreaching action. Vote no and tell these people not here.

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Posted by sdwildhorse on 10/11/2019 at 5:20 PM

Re: “Vote No on Prop 205

to beachlover, you're just another lemming going over the cliff for immigrant rights due to the progressive brainwashing you choose to follow. As if the keep tucson shitty crowd is not in fear of change, live in a selfish world or capable of critical thinking. Take a breathe, face your delusions, you'll be a better community member.

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Posted by laddderflappy on 10/07/2019 at 9:48 PM

Re: “Vote Yes on Prop 205

This is a great reason to vote NO on 205.

https://publish.illinois.edu/kmw4/the-problem-with-sanctuary-cities/

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Posted by Concerned Women Of Tucson on 10/01/2019 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Vote No on Prop 205

Voting Absolutely yes. Unfortunately there are a lot of conspiracy thinkers, delusional thinking, and sheep following the crowd for fear of the unknown. Action from a place of ignorance and a fear of having an original thought. A lot of non-progressives in the state of Arizona, stuck in their loops, so afraid of change and that their little selfish worlds will be rocked.

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Posted by beachlover31 on 10/01/2019 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Vote Yes on Prop 205

The Tucson City Council over scores of years has made a City Ordinance that Proposition 205 will add to when / if passed. The council then has a vested interest in keeping things the way they are - "We don't need it - give it to Phoenix or to Washington D.C. - we already are where we need to be" you say Mr. Kozachik. Well, That's a top down model where Prop 205 is a bottom up grass roots model. The ACLU and the AFSC are among 47 other organizations endorsing Proposition 205 - Families Free & Together. This is definitely a referendum for those supporting Prop 205 BUT it is not a referendum on the City Council nor the Police Department who are sworn to follow the law, WE THE PEOPLE pass!

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Posted by cabissell on 10/01/2019 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Vote No on Prop 205

The Tucson City Council over scores of years has made a City Ordinance that Proposition 205 will add to when / if passed. The council then has a vested interest in keeping things the way they are - "We don't need it - give it to Phoenix or to Washington D.C. - we already are where we need to be" you say Mr. Kozachik. Well, That's a top down model where Prop 205 is a bottom up grass roots model. The ACLU and the AFSC are among 47 other organizations endorsing Proposition 205 - Families Free & Together. This is definitely a referendum for those supporting Prop 205 BUT it is not a referendum on the City Council nor the Police Department who are sworn to follow the law, WE THE PEOPLE pass!

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Posted by cabissell on 10/01/2019 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Vote Yes on Prop 205

Absolutely, a big YES! Would love to move from Arizona red to California dreaming blue.

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Posted by beachlover31 on 10/01/2019 at 5:14 AM

Re: “Vote No on Prop 205

I hope this motivates people to vote YES.

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Posted by beachlover31 on 10/01/2019 at 5:12 AM

Re: “Vote No on Prop 205

Im voting yes on prop 205 because I have a heart. Arizona is so backwards. I like to follow Californias lead and evolve, do the right thing.

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Posted by beachlover31 on 10/01/2019 at 5:10 AM

Re: “Vote Yes on Prop 205

This is not what our community needs. We have great TPD officers. let's support them.

No ON 205.

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Posted by Tucsonan For Life on 09/27/2019 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Vote Yes on Prop 205

On November 5th Support the Citizen Initiative-
TUCSON FAMILIES FREE & TOGETHER
As November 5th 2019 general elections near its important to give Tucson citizens information to help them make informed decisions. This November Ballot includes Tucson Families Free & Together a citizens initiative that would designate Tucson Arizonas first sanctuary city. In 2012 Tucson became a Welcoming Immigrant City after a 6-1 vote by the city council to reject many of the provisions of SB 1070. SB 1070 is considered one of the strictest state anti-immigration enforcement laws. Although some of its provisions, sections 2,3 5 and 6 were ruled preempted by federal law in Arizona v. United States, 567 U.S. 387 (2012), the remaining provisions stand. One of the selling points of the bill was that it would reduce crime rates. The bills intent was to assist law enforcement in finding those who are in country illegally, not to curb crime. To date there is no evidence that SB-1070 has contributed to the reduction of crime rates in AZ. Some of the same arguments used in support of SB 1070 are now being used to sway voters in this citizens initiative.
What will a yes vote mean?
Pima County, Arizona Ballot Measures states that a yes vote would result in: City Code Declaration of Tucson as a Sanctuary City, Restrictions for law enforcement from actions to determine a persons immigration status under certain conditions, prohibiting officers from contacting federal law enforcement agencies to determine a persons immigration status and prohibiting city employees from inquiring about a persons immigration status.
What will a no vote mean?
A vote of no would be a vote against declaring in the city code that Tucson is a sanctuary city and the restrictions of police officers regarding the determination of immigration status.
Common Questions Answered
Peoples Defense Initiative website, https://www.peoplesdefenseinitiative.org gives clear answers for common questions regarding Sanctuary Cities.
What is the difference between Immigrant Welcoming City and Sanctuary City? However good intentioned, the designation of Tucson as Welcoming Immigrant City status does nothing to prevent the detainment and removal of immigrants as it is only a statement of support. Will it violate SB 1070? Many of SB 1070 provisions have been challenged and struck down in court. The ordinance would not prevent TPD officers from doing anything that they are required to do under state law. The ordinance is designed to introduce clear rules and transparency measures whenever state law requires a local officer to get involved in federal immigration matters. It does not hamper an officers ability to determine the immigration status of those individuals specified by SB 1070. It also does not violate Proposition 300. Proposition 300 is the statewide proposition approved by Arizona voters in 2006. It limits certain state services to those who are U.S. citizens or who possess lawful immigration status. This prevents undocumented immigrants from paying in-state college tuition at state universities and community colleges, even if they have lived in Arizona for most of their lives. Sanctuary city status does not conflict with Prop 300.
Does it violate federal law or provide undocumented immigrants with a lawful pathway to citizenship? No This ordinance does not violate that provision for at least two reasons according to Peoples Defense Initiative.
1.The ordinance would prohibit TPD officers from asking people about immigration status in many instances, but it would not prohibit an officer from sharing such information with federal authorities in the event an officer obtains such information. In other words, it would limit how and when a TPD officer can acquire immigration status information; it would not restrict the officers sharing of that information in the limited circumstances when an officer is required to ask for it.
2.As recently as November, 2018, federal courts have determined that this federal law violates the United States Constitution. So even if a judge were to find this ordinance in violation of Section 1373, local judges in Arizona are likely to come to the same conclusion as other judges: that the federal law itself is illegal. A local law cannot be said to violate a federal law if the federal law is itself illegal. Peoples Defense Initiative 2019
Immigration is a matter of federal law. Families Free and Together would alter how local officials communicate with and collaborate with federal immigration officials. The local ordinance would not create a new path to citizenship. Only Congress can do that. Contacting your congressional representative is recommended. The ordinance will not increase taxes or interfere with federal funding. It will not interfere with TPD ability to investigate crimes or influence increased leniency for undocumented individuals accused of a crime as compared to US citizens.
Lets make Tucson the first Sanctuary City in Arizona. With these important questions answered, you can make a difference in keeping families in Tucson safe and together while we work toward comprehensive immigration reform.
Kim Jordan MSCIS MSW graduate student-Worden School of Social Work
Our Lady of the Lake University San Antonio Texas

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Posted by kjordan on 09/27/2019 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Vote No on Prop 205

There needs to be more public service announcements about this issue. I had to search for information about this topic however you rather hit the smaller media outlets than the bigger ones. The entire community needs to know this.

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Posted by Concerned for Tucson on 09/26/2019 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Vote Yes on Prop 205

Sanctuary cities hurt everyone and contributes to issues other than immigration. You only have to look to those communities that are already designated as such.

Livier would have us believe that immigrants are cowering in their homes afraid to open the doors and answer their phones due to harassment, profiling, threats of deportation, etc. But this isn't true and she is trying to tug on our heart-strings with the colorful and emotive language she uses.

Prop 205 would severely tie the hands of our law enforcement, restricting their ability to do their jobs and protect our community. You only have to read the article above by Kunz to see this. Because our community is already so diverse that it is irresponsible to claim that the law is targeting immigrants for the sake of being an immigrant.

I have no problem with law-enforcement asking for documentation when placed in a position that merits that, for the same reason that I have no problem handing over my ID when asked for it. The reality is that there are immigrants who are here illegally, that does not make the human being illegal...just their presence in this community.

Do all of them pose a threat to our community? Perhaps not, but some do. You only have to look at #AngelMoms #AngelDads #AngelFamilies #TheRemembranceProject #Nomorestolenlives.

While I can appreciate coming here for a better life, there are proper channels for seeking a life here in America. Simply crossing a border and expecting it is not that way. Yes, we welcome people to America, but those who "sneak" across are already demonstrating a dishonest and "under-the-radar" proclivity to skirt the law. They are thumbing their noses at those who are doing it the proper way. To claim "asylum" when they just want to come here for a better life is dishonest and they are taught that this is okay.

A whole industry and system have risen to perpetuate illegal border crossing which takes advantage of the people and the system indiscriminately. People on both sides are hurt by it.

No, Prop 205 will hamstring our law-enforcement and continue to erode, while not perfect, an already compromised system of checks and balances and Tucson will be worse for it in the long run.

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Posted by CraigD on 09/22/2019 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Vote No on Prop 205

Apeshit:

I'm not sure which is douchier, your comment or your avatar. They're both chock full of douchebaggery, so it makes for a tough decision. I'm just gonna call it a draw. Congratulations on your douchiness.

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Posted by AZ/DC! on 09/21/2019 at 6:11 AM

Re: “Vote Yes on Prop 205

Passing Prop 205 is exactly what the cartels want.

https://kvoa.com/news/2019/09/19/digging-deeper-cartels-look-to-saints-of-the-underworld-for-protection/

Running with the devil. Pure evil, that's what this is. While they drug and kill our children.

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Posted by Casper on 09/20/2019 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Vote No on Prop 205

Trump 2020. Too bad libbies.
There have been more shootings and crime in Tucson as of late. Things are not safer. These people and their drugs don't make things safer. Migrants are not all bad people but they do allow criminals in with them. I am against crime and being an illegal immigrant is a crime.
You really need to seek treatment for your TDS.

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Posted by Cicli Tihsepa on 09/20/2019 at 5:36 AM

Re: “Vote No on Prop 205

didnt you change your party affiliation as soon as you got elected steve??? spare me.

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Posted by BearDown_Ray on 09/19/2019 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Vote Yes on Prop 205

Be on the right side of history. Vote YES. People always say, "How could the German people have let concentration camps happen?" This is how. We have already let it happen. Let's make sure our city does not collaborate with an illegal and immoral campaign to separate families and end asylum.

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Posted by Rachel W. on 09/19/2019 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Vote Yes on Prop 205

Sorry
I would have to say NO on this proposition for the following reasons
1. The sponsor of this ia a "never trumper" and socialist. While I deplore the individual occupying the Whitehouse, I refuse to live my life filled with hate. Hate turns to lies, and we all know the lies this person has spoken.
2. This sponsor led a boycott of a Tucson business because the owner had a political view different from hers. Isn't that the SAME oppression she claims to fight against? Again, another lie.

No soup for you!

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Posted by Tony Riggs on 09/19/2019 at 1:19 PM

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