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1/23/2012 3:13:00 PM
State senator seeks repeal of SB-1070
Martin Chavez, left, screams at Manuel Martinez while supporters and foes of SB 1070 rallied Monday at the state Capitol. Chavez supports the law approved two years ago giving police more power to detain and arrest illegal immigrants. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
Martin Chavez, left, screams at Manuel Martinez while supporters and foes of SB 1070 rallied Monday at the state Capitol. Chavez supports the law approved two years ago giving police more power to detain and arrest illegal immigrants. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
Sen. Steve Gallardo explains Monday his legislation to repeal SB 1070 saying it has done more to hurt the state's image than help in reducing illegal immigration. But Sen. Ron Gould who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee said he will not give the measure a hearing.  (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
Sen. Steve Gallardo explains Monday his legislation to repeal SB 1070 saying it has done more to hurt the state's image than help in reducing illegal immigration. But Sen. Ron Gould who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee said he will not give the measure a hearing. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services


PHOENIX --Amid shouts from those on both sides of the issue, Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix introduced legislation on Monday to repeal the controversial two-year-old immigration law.

And just as quickly it was pronounced dead by Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee where it was assigned.

"I have a special drawer in my desk where bills go that are never going to come back out,' Gould told supporters of the legislation approved two years ago to give police more power to detain and arrest illegal immigrants. "That's where that bill's going.'

The pronouncements became the bookends of more than an hour of noisy demonstrations at the Capitol on the controversial measure. But with Gould in his position -- and Republicans in firm control of both the House and Senate -- the speeches and chanting accomplished little other than for each side to rally its backers.

It also means that the last word on SB 1070 from 2010 rests with the U.S. Supreme Court which has agreed to consider its legality.

That, however, is not going to happen in the immediate future.

In an order Monday, the justices gave attorneys for the state through Feb. 6 to file its paperwork contending that U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton erred in blocking the state from enforcing key parts of the law. The judge ruled that many provisions were preempted by federal law.

Then the U.S. Department of Justice, which challenged the law, has until March 19 to respond to the state's arguments.

Gallardo said Monday the main accomplishment of the legislation has been to polarize the state.

"It has done nothing to solve any of our immigration issues here in the state of Arizona,' he told those who want the measure repealed.

"Immigration remains a federal issue, and we must continue to put pressure on the federal government to do something in terms of immigration,' Gallardo continued. "But it is not an issue that the Arizona state Legislature can fix.'

But Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, told the pro-1070 rally that's not true.

"Illegal aliens in this state are costing all of us, collectively, between $2 billion and $3 billion a year in costs related to education, incarceration and hospitalization,' he said. "We can't afford it.'

The rhetoric was at sometimes heated.

"They want to take your freedom and liberty away from you,' said Sen. Frank Antenori, R-Tucson, pointing across the courtyard to where foes of SB 1070 were having their own rally.

"They want to hand everything over to the big and almighty government and have you subject to their rules and laws,' he continued. "We are a nation of laws and we are not going to surrender our sovereignty and throw our laws out just to appease a bunch of vocal, I won't say it.'

The pro-1070 rally did create a backdrop for Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, to promote a measure to declare an emergency in the state.

SCR 1008 notifies federal agencies that, due to lack of congressional oversight, the state "will be exercising its right of sovereignty over soil within its boundaries. What that will do, Allen said, is allow state and local police to patrol federal lands to find drug dealers and illegal immigrants without seeking federal authority.

She said that's the state's right.

"The state of Arizona never gave up its police powers when it became a state for the welfare and public safety of its citizens,' she said. Allen said Arizona has an inherent right to act to protect its citizens however it is necessary.

"And the federal government cannot keep us out,' she said.

Missing from Monday's rally, at least in body, was Russell Pearce.

But Melvin and others made sure to single him out for thanks for crafting not only SB 1070 but for a long string of measure aimed at illegal immigrants. That started with getting voters to approve a 2004 initiative to require people to provide proof of citizenship to register to vote and identification when casting a ballot.

"A lot of people didn't think we could get it on the ballot, but we did,' Melvin said. "And now, over 30 states have followed the lead.'


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012
Article comment by: Bob Dbuilder

If we get rid of all the illegals then my boss can afford to pay me more right? Don't they take a lower pay than us true Americans. Thank god for right to work and the fact we can't have unions to help get us a better pay, we have to depend on the government to spend money on getting rid of those free loaders from south of the border.

Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012
Article comment by: Dave Francis


‘The Legal Workforce Act ‘commonly known as Mandated E-Verify. This computer generated program allows the business owner to detect the majority of the illegal aliens already hired and reject them from the job market or suffer harsh sanctions that does not exclude prison time. Plus “The Birthright Citizenship Act” to stop the inducement of bringing unborn infants into the country, that provides free welfare, education and health care. WE THE PEOPLE’S Constitution is under siege by the resident government and must be stopped, when they are allowing illegal aliens back on the streets. BE WARNED THAT NON-CITIZENS HAVE BEEN VOTING AND CERTAINLY WILL AGAIN IN FUTURE ELECTIONS ESPECIALLY SINCE THE ACORN ORGANIZATION HAS APPEARED AGAIN UNDER ASSUMED NAMES THAT INCLUDE “PROJECT VOTE.” Every voter should possess official picture ID to vote? Become acquainted NumbersUSA and learn about the billions of dollars taken from taxpayers in unfunded mandates by pandering to illegal aliens. ONLY U.S. VOTERS CAN SAVE JOBS FOR THEMSELVES AND THE 22 MILLION CITIZENS AND LAWFUL RESIDENTS WITH “Green Cards.”

Just revealed is allegedly fraudulent collusion in the highest levels of government. The Judicial Watch, the legal watchdog group has uncovered massive registration fraud with improprieties involving ACORN and the Department of Justice. Read about the mind bending revelation of this organization that once employed Barack Obama. Judicial Watch is digging out the corruption in Washington DC, of implications to voter fraud and therefore cementing the votes for the resident president by illegal means in our already compromised election system. Go to http://www.rightsidenews.com for all the information.

Does Gingrich, Romney, Santorum or even Paul recognize the financial impact on all 50 states? Welfare benefits have slowed to American citizens, especially in Sanctuary States as California, Nevada and others, because of the financial support to people who have contempt for our laws.

The TEA PARTY does not alienate any race or nationality as the Liberal media would like you to think. It just requests the 1986 Immigration law (IRCA) enforced and not altered to pander to illegal migrants and immigrants.



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