PHOENIX, ARIZONA. MAY 6, 2010. On National Prayer Day itself, former Maricopa County Attorney andArizona Attorney Generalcandidate Andrew Thomas announced that he is prepared to further defend the constitutionality of Prayer Day after a recent federal-court ruling deemed the 58-year tradition unconstitutional.
“I think it is ludicrous to argue that the government can no longer enact laws supporting a day of prayer,” Thomas said. “Religion and prayer are a very personal thing that each individual should be allowed to choose to participate or not participate in.”
According to the group’s website,National Day of Prayeris a day where individuals are encouraged to recognize the need for repentance and prayer and to also mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership.
Thomas has been endorsed by Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith,Mohave County SheriffTom Sheahan,Pinal County SheriffPaul Babeu,Cochise County SheriffLarry Dever andMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He has also been endorsed byArizonaRight to Life.
During Thomas' time in office,crime ratesplummeted. 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. 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 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 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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