Phoenix, AZ – Goddard said the key is cracking down on the Mexican crime cartels.
(Unless you have organized criminal assistance, or are some kind of Olympic athlete, you're going to have a very hard time getting through a combination of hot desert, rugged terrain and border security. And the main reason that the border is still being penetrated and illegal folks are still getting across is because they had criminal assistance.)
Phoenix, AZ – The key relates to the fact that challengers are seeking an injuction. Jack Chin, a law professor at the University of Arizona, said that requires them to prove several things. One is that they are likely to win when the case goes to trial months from now. But Chin said judges also consider what they call the balance of hardships.
Phoenix, AZ – In May the president promised to deploy 12-hundred Guard soldiers. Since that time the Pentagon said 524 of them are going to be stationed in Arizona. At a press conference in Washington, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Craig McKinley said he doesn't expect them to be at full strength, at least not right away.
(We believe that we'll be fully ready through the month of August as we ramp up. But surely by September we should have our whole forces in the field, working with our partners.)
Phoenix, AZ – The Behavior Research Center survey finds Brewer the choice of 45 percent of registered voters questioned, versus just 25 percent for Goddard. Pollster Earl de Berge said the governor is riding a wave of popularity because of her support for the state's tough new immigration law. Goddard acknowledged that but insisted she can't ride that forever.
Phoenix, AZ – There are several factors a judge must consider when deciding whether to issue an injunction. One of those is a balance of hardships -- who will suffer irreparable harm depending on whether the law is or is not allowed to take effect. Attorney Stephen Montoya who represents Phoenix police officer David Salgado said his client is being harmed because he's being forced to choose between enforcing a law he believes is unconstitutional and putting his job at risk.
Phoenix, AZ – The cameras have been operated for the last two years by Redflex Traffic Systems under a contract with the state that gave the company up to $28.75 for every $185 ticket actually paid. Gov. Jan Brewer, who inherited that contract from the Napolitano administration, ordered it not renewed when it expired. But Redflex spokeswoman Shoba Vaitheeswaran said more than money is at stake. She said evidence from a test run of the system along Loop 101 in Scottsdale shows it reduced speeds and accidents.