Thursday, April 22, 2010

AZ Anti-Illegal Immigration Leader Andrew Thomas Encourages Governor Brewer to Sign Controversial Senate Bill 1070

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas Encourages Governor Brewer to Sign Senate Bill 1070

PHOENIX, ARIZONA APRIL 21, 2010.  He put “Stop Illegal Immigration” on campaign signs in 2004.  And he’s waged a successful fight against illegal immigration ever since.  Now, former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is encouraging Governor Jan Brewer to sign Senate Bill 1070. 
Thomas is currently campaigning for Arizona Attorney General.
While in office Thomas supported and advised the legislature about the legislation. 
“This law would give state and local law enforcement officials important new tools for the fight against illegal immigration.  I strongly support its passage and look forward to defending the law in court next year should I be elected Attorney General,” Thomas said.
During Thomas' time in office, crime rates have plummeted.  The 19 percent drop is more than twice the national rate of decline, and in despite of an 11 percent increase in the county's population during that time.  The illegal immigrant population has dropped by anywhere from 18 percent (Dept. of Homeland Security estimate) to 30 percent (Center for Immigration Studies estimate).  Like the fall in crime rates, this dramatic decline in illegal immigration is far greater than the average in the rest of the nation. 
Thomas’ office successfully prosecuted the Baseline Killer and Serial Shooting suspects.  During his tenure he has pushed for harsher penalties against child predators and, more recently, launched an innovative program to restore Gila River habitat and pursue charges against environmental pollution there.  He is in favor of the death penalty and has been criticized by defense lawyers his tough plea bargain policies.  He has tackled tough public corruption cases and led innovative programs to ensure better food safety and crack down on graffiti and cruelty to animals
Thomas is married with four children.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.  Prior to serving as Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas served as an assistant attorney general for Arizona, deputy counsel and criminal justice policy advisor to the Governor, special assistant to the Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, and a deputy county attorney.  
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