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S1070 legal defense fund reaches $48,000

The Governor’s Office has collected more than $48,000 in the past six weeks to help defend the nation’s toughest immigration law and hopes to collect more with the launch of a new website designed to streamline the collection of more donations.

“It’s amazing to see just how many folks across the country are supportive of Arizona’s passage and signing of SB 1070,” Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement. “The pouring in of hundreds of unsolicited donations since the end of April speaks volumes about how important securing our border is to citizens across America.”

Brewer also announced the creation of a website, www.keepazsafe.com, which allows people to use a credit card to donate to the legal defense fund.

The money, which a spokesman for Brewer said was given unsolicited by supporters of the law, will be used to defray the state’s cost to defend the law in federal court. Opponents of S1070, which requires police officers to verify the citizenship of people they stop if they suspect the person may be in the country illegally, have filed five separate lawsuits challenging the law’s constitutionality.

Brewer has hired attorney John Bouma, the chairman of law firm Snell & Wilmer, to defend the law. She is also fighting to keep Attorney General Terry Goddard, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, off the defense team. Goddard opposed the immigration law earlier this year when it was considered by lawmakers and told Arizona Capitol Times in April he expected his actions would prevent him from defending the law.

“If it does pass, and it’s signed by the governor, I will be screened because of my personal opposition to it,” Goddard said in April, adding that he thought the bill was “confusing” and raises “serious legal liabilities” for local governments. Instead, he said the duty of defending the measure would fall to Solicitor General Mary O’Grady or one of his deputy attorneys.

The donations to defend the law began arriving April 27, only four days after Brewer signed the bill. The first came from Sandra Esterline of Kentucky, who gave $15. Through June 10, there were 437 donations, totaling $19,754. But last week, her office received another $29,000, most of it after the governor publicized the fund on June 16.

Donations came from 46 states, plus the District of Columbia – only Montana, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming were not represented on the donation list. The largest donation was $2,000 from a Louisiana man.

The story about the donations was first reported by the Yellow Sheet Report, a sister publication of Arizona Capitol Times.

10 comments

  1. These “anchor babies” have dual citizenships, I understand; and I can’t benefit from my citizenship in my one home country, the USA. In fact, I have to support and be punished for a people that are here illegally and thumb their noses and bite the hands that feed them. I know. I am originally from Ca. and left in 1988 and never looked back. Since my husband wasn’t bi-linqual, he couldn’t get a job. One Mexican man said, “we’re taking back Ca. without firing a shot”. My folks left Tx and Ok in the 30′s and went to Ca. to work in the crops, and were happy. My father irrigated the fields and worked in bean and garlic companies and made a decent living, never dreaming he would be one of the first to be displaced. The Reagan era. It was said that bringing in migrant workers would keep the costs of vegetables and food low. Well, look what it costs for those things all along. I understand that only 2 % of them actually work in the fields. Machines do a lot of the work, too. If they do; I understand that some make 10.00 an hour or more which I barely make as a forklift driver after 5 yrs, in Tn. That is good pay considering citizens are making a lot less now than they use to. It may have been Benjamin Franklin who said, “if this country falls, it will fall from within”. I believe it. It is rotten from the inside out; like an over-ripe tomato. Go AZ. You’re our only hope. NJF from Tn

  2. There will be a confrontation soon between Americans who want a halt to illegal immigration occupancy and the zealots who want open borders? NumbersUSA has all the answers to these question of those pandering to specific ethnic organizations, and wants you to keep subsidizing illegal aliens lives. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada has the followers who see nothing wrong, for you to keep unceasingly pay-out for illegal alien families who need urgent care in hospitals, education for their children and other welfare programs Our country is 13 Trillion dollars in debt, which is mostly owed to Communist China. We have about 15 million people slogging the streets for jobs, but their is estimated to be 8.5 million foreigners working on bogus ID and Social Security numbers employed. If you haven’t checked your Credit report lately, I suggest you do? My own Social Security number was compromised of all things by a person working for a Security Firm in Dallas, TX.

    Apart from Sen. Reid who has to go, Pelosi in charge of our Homeland Security, Clinton, Holder, Morton, Boxer, Schumer and Graham are all set on–FORCING–through another financially crippling–AMNESTY. Now that this fury battle has been ignited by the Arizona SB 1070 police law, we must not let this controversial issue sink quietly beneath the oil situation in the Gulf. Governor Brewer is an upstanding patriotic American and doesn’t crawl to powerful influences of businesses who hire illegal aliens, ethnic caucuses and reams of other soft-brained idiots who want massive avalanches of people from South-North of the border or intentionally overstayed their visa. As a Independent, a Tea Partier I want politicians working for every American and legal entrant. Years of neglect have come back to haunt each political parties and now they are going to serve you a hundred billion dollar bailout, By legalizing criminal aliens who violated our sovereign law of defending our borders from drug criminals and others with criminal records escaping from foreign law enforcements. The criminal element is prevalent in the border state of Arizona, but if we don’t throw out of office the spreading violence and criminal will get worse. IN EVERY STATE!. It’s outrageous when an American public servant such as Madame Clinton reveals to a foreign Diplomat about our internal affairs before the US taxpayers who pay her salary.

    Liberals are strictly behind this obnoxious push to obtain quasi–legitimate path to citizenship, which must be stopped at any cost. Learn about the corruption in Washington and in State Capitols in both ruling parties. Your vote is powerful, so its up to you and only–YOU! Obama’s administration Czars are debunking our US Constitution and not following the voice of the people? Support the State of Arizona. Stop any immigration Amnesty as it will bankrupt many states. Don’t follow the chaos that the Sanctuary–illegal alien–state of California is suffering from? Discover the abhorrent facts on NumbersUSA and Judicial Watch. Call your Representative at 202-224-3121 and demand their support of the state of Arizona or see the door in coming November elections.

  3. Let me think about this: 1) SB1070 is really an empty shell…it’s unfunded, even to the point where the Governor has to raise funds privately to defend the measure; 2) even a panel of “experts” totally disagree about how to enforce it under various scenarios…how are the police suppose to figure it out? 3) it does NOTHING to “secure the borders” which seems is the main complaint of those who support it. 4) it’s a misdemeanor offense which puts it way down the list of priorities for enforcement. 5) It redirects resources away from the drug cartels. 6) It does NOTHING to abate the skyrocking demand for drugs by American consumers of drugs…a demand that is the engine for drug smuggling and drug peddling in the USA. 7) It does nothing to abate the demand for low wage jobs offered by Americans and American companies.

    SB 1070 is political snake oil…here…try some…it’ll cure everything that pains you.

    This would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

  4. Arizona –ignoring you is too easy.

  5. too funny…a whopping 48K? Good luck with that.

  6. How much is JD/Obama paying to attack a legitimate and legal law intednd to protect our land/our country from illegals/druggies and criminals?
    How many thousands taxpayer’s dollars will be wasted on this????
    Do you pay taxes? Probably not, it’s ok to pay other’s hard earned money for Obahma to undergo this ridiculous and oppressive fight.

    Go down and camp on the border, be sure you are in the area where Fed posting warns you (assuming you are a US citizen) to not enter your own country as it may be Dangerous! Then see how you feel. Obama can’t even protect his own country right here, our own land and he is over in Afghanastan doing what? Not good, not smart.

  7. And to think Obama is using OUR money and we can do nothing about it!!!

  8. I don’t know where that statement “Your comment is awaiting moderation” came from. I didn’t include it in my statement.

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