PHOENIX LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT
OF ANDREW THOMAS FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL
PHOENIX, ARIZONA. MAY 12, 2010.Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) announced their endorsement of Andrew Thomas forArizona Attorney Generalin a statement today. PLEA is the organization representing the officers of the largest law enforcement agency in Arizona.
“Andrew Thomas was a a strong partner to all of our officers while working as Maricopa County Attorney and we are greatly looking forward to this partnership carrying on once at the state level,” said Mark Spencer, President of PLEA. "We need someone who is tough on crime and does not back down but instead stands up for what is just." PLEA represents more than 2500 sworn officers of the Phoenix Police Department.
Thomas has also been endorsed by other notable Arizona law enforcement leaders including Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Mohave County SheriffTom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arizona Right to Life endorsed Thomas last month as well.
During Thomas' time in office, crime rates plummeted. The 19 percent drop is more than twice the national rate of decline, 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 has a track record of successfully defending illegal immigration crackdowns in our courts, including his successful efforts to prosecute illegal immigrants for conspiring to violate the state's human-smuggling law and to defend Prop 200's voter ID requirements and the employer-sanctions law, which he defended along with the Attorney General's Office.
If electedAttorney GeneralThomas has pledged to expand that office's prosecutions of illegal immigrants under the state's human smuggling laws. The office is not currently pursuing such prosecutions.
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.