June 25, 2012
Caption: Councilman Daniel Valenzuela
Although I am pleased that the majority of provisions of the law being examined were struck down, I am disappointed the most controversial provision of SB 1070 was upheld.
When SB 1070 was signed into law, the State of Arizona experienced an economic body blow. During one of the worst recessions in U.S. history, when cities and states around the country were dealing with record budget deficits, Arizona was hemorrhaging hundreds of millions in forecasted revenue, from tourism, sales tax and convention business.
Tourism is our state’s third largest industry and people around the country and world decided to take their business elsewhere. Conventions cancelled and projected bookings for future years fell short. This was a major loss of revenue for our state, but also a loss of jobs.
This law masquerades as an invisible fence along our border, protecting our national security – but it does not protect us. The law diverts attention, and vital resources away from the most dangerous criminals we should be focusing on, and instead focuses on people quietly living their lives.
I am confident that Phoenix police officers will continue to enforce state laws while ensuring equal justice for all. I also am hopeful that our state is past the economic struggle and financial losses that SB 1070 has caused. We have paid too high a price already for a law that will not appropriately use our limited public safety resources.
We should not take a localized piece-meal approach to immigration reform. What we need is a comprehensive solution at the federal level.
Michael Hammett 602-495-5405