Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Press release from the Vince Rabago for Attorney General campaign:
Attorney General Candidate Vince Rabago Blasts Senate Bill 1070
Urges Gov. Brewer to Veto Dangerous Legislation
TUCSON — Democrat Vince Rabago releases the following statement concerning SB1070, “safe neighborhoods; immigration; law enforcement”:
Prior to making a decision on whether or not to sign SB 1070, I urge the governor to stop, take a deep breath and fully consider the implications of enacting this shortsighted bill and the inevitable consequences to our state.
The threats to our constitutional rights from this legislation are much too significant to ignore. The proponents’ stated reason for this legislation is to secure our border. This bill does absolutely nothing to secure the border. Instead, it scapegoats significant segments of our population and targets them for racial profiling.
This legislation effectively establishes a national ID – if you do not have the appropriate identification, then you are “presumed” to be an illegal immigrant and subject to arrest. This is wholly inconsistent with the values of justice and liberty on which our great nation was built. Simply put, it’s un-American.
This bill will also shift the burden of enforcing federal immigration laws to local law enforcement. This will inevitably lead to diversion of limited law enforcement resources away from protecting the public and will result in higher taxes. This bill simply enables the federal government’s continued negligence in failing to secure the border and enact comprehensive immigration reform.
Border violence is caused by criminal activities — drug and human smuggling. More law enforcement resources are needed at the border to stop these criminal activities. SB 1070 does not address this issue and does not make our border more secure or protect Arizonans.
I strongly urge Governor Brewer to veto this legislation.
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