PHOENIX, April 13, 2010. Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas issued the following statement in regard to today’s passage of a tough immigration enforcement bill (SB 1070) by theArizona House of Representatives:
“I supported and advised the legislature about this important legislation while I was Maricopa County Attorney. This bill 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 electedAttorney General."
Andrew Thomas is currently campaigning forArizona Attorney General.
Thomas’ office successfully prosecuted theBaseline Killerand Serial Shooting suspects. He 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 betterfood safetyand cracked down on graffiti andcruelty to animals.
Thomas 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 asDeputy County Attorney.
During Thomas' time as Maricopa County Attorney,crime ratesplummeted. 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.