Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas Applauds Governor Brewer for Signing Senate Bill 1070
PHOENIX, ARIZONA APRIL 23, 2010. Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas applauds GovernorJan Brewerfor signing Senate Bill 1070 earlier today.
Thomas is currently campaigning forArizona Attorney General.
While in office Thomas supported and advised the legislature about the legislation.
“This will 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 electedAttorney General,” Thomas said.
During Thomas' time in office,crime rateshave 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. ofHomeland Securityestimate) to 30 percent (Center for Immigration Studiesestimate). 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 theBaseline Killerand 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. Thomas is in favor of the death penalty and has been criticized by defense lawyers for his toughplea bargainpolicies. He has tackled tough public corruption cases and led innovative programs to ensure better food safety and crack down on graffiti andcruelty to animals.
Thomas is married with four children. He is a graduate ofHarvard Law School. Prior to serving as Maricopa County Attorney, Thomas served as anassistant attorney generalfor Arizona, deputy counsel andcriminal justice policy advisorto the Governor, special assistant to the Director of theArizona Department of Corrections, and adeputy county attorney.
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