Phoenix – May 7, 2010 – Jesse Hernandez, Chairman of the Arizona Latino Republican Association made the following statement regarding Arizona Senate Bill 1070:
The long standing presence of undocumented residents, increasing public safety incidents involving brazen criminal behavior such as the human smuggling of illegal immigrants and drug trafficking, as well as growing frustration with the lack of a comprehensive federal solution to address security and international crossings at Arizona’s border with Mexico, came to a head in the Senate’s passage and Governor Brewer’s signing of Senate Bill 1070.
As imperfect as Senate Bill 1070 may be, 60% of Americans support Arizona’s position highlighting the need to address and rebuild America’s immigration policy. Through its many attempts to secure Arizona’s border with fences, border patrol agents and other sophisticated resources, the federal government has only offered short term, largely ineffective and expensive solutions. The desire to cross the border is relentless – to the point of the discovery of underground tunnel passages. To effectively secure Arizona’s border will require increasing the federal government’s formal presence along the border states in the form of robust border security that
Extinguishes the demand for a black market
Addresses high volume of entry
Identifies appropriate avenues of documentation
Distinguishes between temporary workers and those interested in a path to full citizenship.
Arizona is a state rich in cultural history and like the rest of America welcomes legal immigrants. It has become increasingly tired of the illegal entry of those crossing its southern border without appropriate documentation and expects the federal government to enforce its laws based on equal justice. Serious immigrants desire to live/work in the United States and many become citizens to escape their countries’ corrupt oppression. The rule of law makes America special. Let’s respect it for the sake of our citizens, legal immigrants and future immigrants.
The mission of the Arizona Republican Latino Association (ALRA) is to foster the principles of the Republican Party in Arizona’s Latino community creating an empowered network of Republican Latino leaders and grassroots activists.
Arizona Latino Republican Association
Jesse Hernandez, Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org
(602) 549-9296 or (602) 549-9296