Concerned About Illegal Immigration? Support Andrew Thomas Not Tom Horne. Here's Why.
No one has been more committed to the fight against illegal immigration than former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. When he successfully ran to be the county's top prosecutor he put "Stop Illegal Immigration" on his campaign signs . . . in 2004.
Thomas was fighting the good fight long before it became politically popular to do so.
His tenacity has led to significant decreases in illegal immigration. And now he wants to extend his authority to the Mexican border . . . as your Attorney General.
His opponent, Tom Horne, on the other hand, supports amnesty for illegal immigrants. Read more here.
When he heard about Horne's support for amnesty, former Congressman and anti-illegal immigration crusader Tom Tancredo revoked his endorsement of Horne.
What about Senate Bill 1070? Andrew Thomas helped write it. That's why the bill's sponsor, State Senator Russell Pearce, has endorsed Thomas.
What did Tom Horne do about 1070? Nothing. He sat on his hands, did nothing to make it a reality, did not voice anything about it until he saw how the winds were blowing.
If you are concerned about illegal immigration in Arizona there is only once choice for Attorney General: Andrew Thomas.
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Arizona law enforcement officers such as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu,Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, Yavapai County Sheriff Steve Waugh and Graham County Sheriff Preston “P.J.” Allred.
Mohave County Attorney Matthew Smith, Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, and the Arizona Police Association, former Arizona State Senator Jonathan Paton, the NRA, State Senator Russell Pearce, sponsor of SB1070 and Congressman Tom Tancredo also have endorsed Andrew Thomas.
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 elected Attorney General Thomas 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.