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Senate OKs bill to prohibit ‘sanctuary cities’

The Senate on Feb. 15 passed a bill that makes major changes to the way Arizona and its cities deal with illegal immigration.

The bill, S1070, would allow illegal immigrants to be charged with trespassing; make it unlawful for anyone who is seeking work – illegal immigrant or not – to enter a vehicle stopped on the street; and penalize drivers who impede traffic in an attempt to hire a day laborer.

The bill also would prohibit the state and local governments from adopting policies that restrict the enforcement of immigration laws. The bill also would require the state and local governments to comply with and assist in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

The Senate voted 17-to-13 on Feb. 13 to pass the bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Russell Pearce, a Republican from Mesa. It now moves to the House.

All Senate Democrats voted against the measure. Sen. Carolyn Allen, a Republican from Scottsdale, also voted against it.

The bill has undergone significant changes since it was introduced originally. This time, there was no debate on the floor.

The version approved by the Senate says an officer must make a reasonable attempt to determine a person’s immigration status when “practicable.” Previously, the bill said officers must make a “reasonable attempt” to determine the person’s residency status.

It also was amended to require the enforcements of its provisions to be consistent with federal immigration laws, “protecting the civil rights of all persons and respecting the privileges and immunities of United States citizens.”

During the Jan. 20 hearing, lawmakers also removed a provision that would have given county attorneys the power to issue subpoenas when investigating whether businesses had violated the employer sanctions law.


  1. ARIZONA, You go for it! I’m so proud you are taking a stand on these illegal aliens. Our Federal Government has failed us BIG time on enforcing our immigrations laws! That Janet Flintstone is absolutely worthless on getting the illegal aliens out of this Country. She is blind to the fact that the illegal aliens are destroying this Country.

    If this new law works, you canbet big money other states will be using it! I’m from Delaware and we are trying to get the Oklahaoma State Illegal Immigration Law, HB 1804, passed here. We have had it with the illegal aliens.


  2. Any elected or appointed official who would vote in favor of harboring illegal aliens via sanctuary city designation should not only be immediately removed from office for violating their sworn oath they should also be charged with aiding and abetting illegal aliens and prosecuted accordingly.

    We are spending hundreds of billions of dollars a year on illegal aliens; thousands of Americans are killed by illegal aliens each year; and, those we most entrust to uphold our laws (elected/appointed officials) are the very same who are most guilty of violating our laws by allowing these illegal aliens to roam our country with impunity while we, the taxpayer, enable their illegal behavior.

    It is time to clean house and get rid of every and any elected/appointed official who does not aggressively work to rid this country of the 30+million illegal aliens that have invaded this country.

  3. All the Demoncrats voted against it. You don’t say….

    You know you’re on the right track when the panderers are against it. Way to go, AZ!

  4. Good job Arizona. It is refreshing to see more and more states supporting American workers.

    I stopped vacationing in California because it was no longer safe and will be sure to spend my next vacation in Arizona.


  5. Illegal immigrants with no immunizations could pose a devastating and deadly threat to the U.S.. Sanctuary cities will be hit the hardest by communicable diseases.
    Poetic Justice, don’t ya think???

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