Monday, July 06, 2009
Did your AZ Representative Help Defeat the Anti-Sanctuary City Bill?
Before adjourning July 1, the Arizona House defeated a bill (HB 2280) by Senator Russell Pearce that would have cracked down on pro-illegal alien “sanctuary” laws and aided in immigration enforcement by expanding the state’s trespassing law. While the Senate approved the bill 16-11, the House was five votes short of the 31 needed for passage.
Democratic politicians usually oppose illegal immigration enforcement, as they need the pro-illegal money and votes to get re-elected. But three Republicans also opposed this bill even though the State Republican Party unanimously passed a resolution supporting it and numerous law enforcement organizations endorsed it (at least those who haven’t had long-standing ties with open-borders groups and cheap-labor business lobbyists). The 3 Republicans and 12 Democrats who opposed this bill were:
What's really disturbing is that 19 members of the House (listed below) did not even vote on the bill at all. Shame on them. I was told the six Republicans listed below physically left the Capitol building so they didn’t have to go on record as opposing HB 2280 (sadly, my Representative was among them):
Is this really what we pay our elected officials to do... play both sides of the aisle and hide their true beliefs so nobody knows what they support or oppose? I know I didn't vote for that. I expect my elected representatives to help Americans, not illegal immigrants. And no, I'm not a racist although the pro-illegal immigration crowd will say anyone who wants our immigration laws enforced must be a racist (so go ahead and send the emails anyway - my delete key is ready!). I simply want our laws to be respected by all. You and I must obey the law or pay the consequences. Why are illegals getting a free pass at our expense? Our immigration laws have been ignored for long enough, and selective enforcement of some laws results in lack of respect for all laws. If all laws are not enforced, how do you know which ones they're really serious about?
So what does this have to do with real estate? PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO LIVE IN SANCTUARY CITIES. Eliminating sanctuary city policies will not only aid law enforcement and make our cities safer, but this bill will also alleviate some of our financial problems. Sanctuary cities are plagued with increased costs and decreased quality of education, healthcare, law enforcement and all other social services. Sound familiar?
Our current budget mess reminds us that Arizona can't even afford the services it's currently providing. So do we raise taxes, reduce services & quality of services provided to legal residents, or eliminate services for those who are here illegally mooching off the rest of us? Seems kind of like a no-brainer to me, especially considering that many legal Arizona residents are currently unemployed and in need of assistance. But then I'm just a lowly taxpayer so I don't have all that special "State Representative" knowledge that's required to make such important decisions with other people's money.
The defeat of this bill means that sanctuary policies, like those in Mesa and other Valley cities, will continue to:
When public assistance agencies are prevented from inquiring about an applicant's immigration status, benefits are distributed to ineligible illegal aliens. Sanctuary policies directly violate Federal law and make it easier for illegal aliens, including criminal aliens, to live undetected in Arizona. How many citizens, including police officers, have to die or be maimed before we decide to enforce our immigration laws?
ATTENTION STATE LAWMAKERS: If you oppose a bill, at least have the backbone to stand up and say so. Otherwise, don't ask for my vote next time you run for re-election... because I will show up to vote against you (and I'll encourage everyone I know to do the same). And by the way, illegal immigrants don't vote, but angry American citizens do.
If your AZ Representative is listed above, be sure to email them and let them know how you feel about their vote (or lack thereof) on this issue. Just click the email address of your Representative to send a pre-written letter, or edit the email to say whatever you'd like. Click here to look up your Representative.
Posted by Shannon Hubbard, AZ Realtor & Computer Guru on July 6, 2009 | Permalink
everything you said i totally agree with. its time our elected reps listen and deal with this immigration problem. the feds wont do it so az has to. thank you for this post and welcome back from awol ;)
Posted by: Davis | Jul 6, 2009 10:05:01 PM
Fire 'em all in 2010. They've messed things up so bad locally and at the federal level. These politicians are so out of touch. They just don't get it. We need to elect some real people who understand how regular people live. No more of these lifetime politicians who waste our money endlessly and then don't get why people are having tea parties.
Posted by: tammi s. | Jul 7, 2009 10:26:59 AM
Shannon, maybe you should run for something?
Posted by: tammi s. | Jul 7, 2009 10:28:46 AM
Hi Tammi - thanks for stopping by, but NO thanks with a capital NO on running for something. I'm too way productive to work for the government. Sorry :)
Posted by: Shannon Hubbard | Jul 7, 2009 6:17:19 PM
you are right. the politicians won't deal with illegal immigration because they don't want to offend anyone that might vote for them. its time to take our country back and maybe some people who are disrespecting our laws need to be offended.
Posted by: Alex Demer | Jul 8, 2009 10:25:59 AM
You did a great service posting this. As citizens we need to get involved and know who is doing their job!
Posted by: Alexandria Homes for Sale - Ellen Crawford | Jul 30, 2009 2:22:50 PM
I agree with Alex, Politicians will never offend anyone that might vote for them.
Posted by: jon | Aug 2, 2009 9:26:21 PM
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