PHOENIX, ARIZONA. JUNE 1, 2010. Few if any have fought harder for border security than formerMaricopa CountyAttorney and Republican Attorney General candidate Andrew Thomas. And now those who defend the border against illegal immigration are fighting for him.
The National Border Patrol Council, Local 2544 has announced its endorsement of Thomas for his Attorney General campaign.
The group wrote:
“We are proud to endorse your candidacy forArizona Attorney General. We have enjoyed working with you as the Maricopa County Attorney, and we are confident you will do a great job as Attorney General. Your history of aggressively prosecuting the crimes associated with illegal immigration has helped us do our jobs more effectively. We are thankful that there are prosecutors in this state who are committed to upholding our laws and are unafraid to face the special interest groups. It is always easier to back off in the face of pressure from activists and others who do not want you to prosecute illegal immigration cases, but you have a clear and convincing record of staying the course and doing the right thing. We appreciate your continued support of our mission, and it is our hope that the people ofArizonawill recognize how valuable you are when they vote for a new Attorney General.”
All of Thomas’ campaign opponents, Democrat and Republican, support amnesty and oppose SB1070.
Thomas has also been endorsed by notableArizona law enforcement leadersincludingMaricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh, Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Mohave County SheriffTom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu,Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, PhoenixLaw Enforcement Associationand former Arizona Attorney General and NRA President Bob Corbin. State SenatorJonathan Patonand Arizona Right to Life endorsed Thomas 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'svoter ID requirementsand the employer-sanctions law, which he defended along with theAttorney General's Office.
If elected Attorney General Thomas has pledged to expand that office's prosecutions of illegal immigrants under the state'shuman smugglinglaws. 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.