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Unconstitutional, Fiscally Irresponsible, Reckless

Last week, the state Senate advanced a striker amendment to a previously stalled ballot referral.

HCR2060 will be voted in the Senate this week and if passed must go back to the House for a vote with its new wording. HCR2060 allows police officers to arrest migrants and allows Arizona judges to deport them. The referral is nicknamed the “Secure the Border Act”. The ballot referral, not subject to a veto by the governor, conflicts with a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling that said Arizona has no right to enforce federal immigration laws, and is likely unconstitutional. In its present form the referral has no appropriation attached. It could cost  the state at least $325 million every year. 

While federal immigration procedure is in dire need of reform, it is not up to states to make their own laws. Under the proposed law, migrants who cross the border anywhere except at a port of entry would face a misdemeanor state charge, punishable with up to 6 months in jail. Repeat offenders would face longer sentences. That part of the proposal is modeled on a Texas law that is currently tied up in the courts.

HCR2056 is another stalled ballot referral ready to make an appearance in the elections committee on Tuesday with a striker amendment. The exact content of the amendment has not been released but it will address changing the time when a mail in ballot can be returned at a drop box or polling place, not in a good way!

For a more thorough explanation of both ballot referrals please use the link to the

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