Please Ask Governor Brewer to Veto SB 1070



Please Ask Governor Brewer to Veto SB 1070

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ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE
ACTION ALERT (04/19/10)
 
Ask Governor Brewer to Veto SB 1070
 

SB 1070 is a problematic anti-immigrant bill that will soon reach Governor Brewer's desk.  While finding meaningful solutions to immigration issues is a worthwhile endeavor, SB 1070 raises many serious concerns and could have a potentially negative impact on our great state.
 
SB 1070 is not a legitimate solution to solving serious crimes at the border, or anywhere else, and actually may inadvertently reduce public safety.  The reason for this concern is based on testimony that occurred during legislative debate where it was noted that SB1070 may compel local police, far removed from the border, to ignore more serious crimes because of language requiring that they enforce federal immigration laws to the "full extent permitted by federal law."
 
Additionally, SB 1070 has been improved so that it is at least up to the police officer's discretion as to whether crime victims and witnesses will be turned over on immigration charges.  It would be much better, however, if victims and witnesses could come forward knowing for certain that they will not be deported.
 
If people are at all afraid to come forward and report serious crime, public safety is threatened in all of our communities. 
 
Finally, SB 1070 makes Arizona the first state in the nation to create its own crime for people who are merely present in the country without proper paperwork.  The status of this new crime goes from a high misdemeanor for a first offense to a felony for a second offense.
 
Supporters of this bill claim that the provision would be narrowly enforced so that it would allow local police to hold onto undocumented immigrants who are suspects in crimes.  The reality, however, is that the bill itself does not limit the enforcement of this provision to these situations.
 
This bill could make felons, not only out of dangerous criminals (as is warranted), but also the many undocumented immigrants who have come to this country at a very young age and have no familiarity with any other country but the United States.  These children may have a mother and a father one of whom is a citizen and the other of whom would now be considered a criminal.
 
For the reasons above, and others, please take a minute to respectfully ask Governor Brewer to vote no on SB 1070 by following the "Take Action" link and then following the very easy instructions.