HAYWORTH CHALLENGES McCAIN TO REPUDIATE PHOENIX MAYOR'S THREAT TO SUE OVER NEW IMMIGRATION LAW
(Phoenix) -U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) today challenged Sen. John McCain to repudiate Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon's threat to sue the state to halt the toughest law in the nation against illegal aliens.
"Mayor Gordon is a long-time John McCain supporter. Not only has he endorsed Sen. McCain for Senate this year, he endorsed him when he ran for President in 2008," Hayworth said. "And now he is threatening to sue the state to stop illegal aliens coming into Arizona.
"If John McCain truly supports the bill, he needs to repudiate and denounce the Mayor's position and stand up for Arizona instead of standing by his friend and supporter who is out touch with the people of this state," Hayworth said.
Mayor Gordon will ask the City Council on Tuesday to consider suing the state on grounds the new illegal immigration crack-down is "unconstitutional" and "unenforceable."
The Mayor said: "I've scheduled an item on the agenda for Tuesday to ask the council to direct the city attorney to draft, to prepare a lawsuit asking for an injunction on this law and challenging it on constitutional grounds."
The new law requires police officers to make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person if there is suspicion that the person is in the United States illegally.
"The Mayor and Sen. McCain have been political allies for decades and now it is time for John McCain to pick sides," Hayworth said. "Sen. McCain needs to tell his political buddy to stop his grand-standing against a law we need or John McCain should publically re-embrace his prior pro-amnesty position."