Arizona Republicans Reverse Anti-Latino Course
Activists from Promise Arizona, teachers and businessmen voice concerns over severe immigration measures
Arizona Republicans teamed up with Democrats to defeat right-wing anti-immigrants bills in the Arizona senate Wednesday after members from the business community objected to a new round of harsh anti-immigrant legislation. The move may mark an end to the reign of terror of Russell Pearce, Jan Brewer and Ron Gould who have terrorized Latinos and undocumented workers with a series of repressive laws.
Republican Sen. Frank Antenori led the Republican charge against the unjust bills as he was joined by Sen. RS Barto, Sen. Comish, Sen. Driggs, Sen. Crnadall, Sen. Yarbrough, Sen. Regan, Sen. (Steve) Pierce and Sen. Nelson on the Republican side against SB 1309. Without their votes the Democratic minority in the Arizona Senate would not have been able to defeat the legislation.
SB 1308 went down in flames 12 to 18. It would have redefined who may take advantage of citizenship based upon an agreement with “party states”. It would have denied citizenship to children of undocumented workers. Such a move would have made the youths deportable, people with no country, but also with no social security number, driver’s license or right to work in the US.
SB1405 The bill requiring hospital administrators to report undocumented workers seeking medical attention for both routine and emergency life saving care, failed 12 – 18. Sen. Antenori voted for this bill but Linda Gray (R-AZ) voted against it.
Surprisingly, SB1407, which required school administrators to do the dirty job of immigration enforcement by identifying children of undocumented workers failed by a smaller number, 14 to 16. Sen. Gray voted no but senators Barto, Yarbrough, and Antenori voted "yes."Continued on the next page