Phoenix, AZ – Quite simply, it comes down to money. Reports show supporters of Proposition 100 already have collected more than $1.6 million for their campaign. Contributors include businesses, unions and education groups, with the largest donation coming from the University of Arizona Foundation which kicked in a quarter million dollars. John Brown, the organization's spokesman, said the decision to give was logical.
Phoenix, AZ – The Rev. Al Sharpton is protesting a new law which requires police to investigate when they have reasonable suspicion someone is in the country illegally. Speaking to an overflow crowd at a Phoenix church, Sharpton said the first effort will be to get the law overturned. But he said like the civil rights fights of the 1960s, court battles won't be the end of it.
Phoenix, AZ – The enactment of SB 1070 requiring state and local police to check the papers of suspected illegal immigrants has provoked a backlash of sorts, at least on the national level. Various groups are urging people to cancel their business trips and vacations to Arizona. Brewer said she's disappointed.
Phoenix, AZ – There has been no shortage of calls by groups to cancel travel to Arizona because of the bill to give police more power to arrest illegal immigrants. But on Friday a coalition of organizations said they would work not only to coordinate those but to expand the scope of the reprisals. Former state Sen. Alfredo Gutierrez said companies and retirement systems need to be convinced to stop investing here.
Phoenix, AZ – The legislation requires police to check the immigration status of those they contact and lets them charge illegal immigrants with violating state law. Attorney and state Rep. Ben Miranda said one problem with the measure is that immigration is strictly the purview of the federal government. The other is the possibility of racial profiling by officers who are told to check identification when they have reasonable suspicion someone is in this country illegally.
Phoenix, AZ – The parks board already has closed several sites after state lawmakers, looking to balance the budget, raided their funds. Several others will shut in early June without a cash infusion. On Wednesday the House considered a plan to borrow $40 million from a voter-approved fund earmarked for purchasing and preserving open space. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema objected.