Lawmakers ask Republican colleagues to join
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A group of Democratic lawmakers is denouncing the efforts by other countries to weigh in on the constitutionality of SB 1070 and is asking Republican colleagues to join them.
“We agree that the effort by other countries to meddle in the United States’ and Arizona’s immigration policies is absolutely wrong,” said Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema. “This is a U.S. and Arizona problem and we will work toward our own solution.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit agreed Monday to allow other nations to submit amicus briefs, but the group says that infringes on the United States’ and Arizona’s sovereignty.
House Democrats were one of the first groups to take a stand for our state and nation against special interests by opposing the boycott (see attached letter).
“Now we urge Republicans to join us in defending and protecting our sovereignty as a nation and state and upholding the U.S. and Arizona constitutions,” said House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell. “These are our decisions and other nations have no business interfering. We don’t interfere with their immigration policies. We need to protect our borders, and the federal government needs to do its job.”
The following Democratic lawmakers are opposing foreign countries’ participation in an appeal of SB 1070:
House Democratic Leader David Lujan
Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema
House Democratic Whip Chad Campbell
Rep.Patricia Fleming, D-Sierra Vista
Rep. Nancy Young Wright, D-Tucson
Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley
Rep. Rae Waters, D-Ahwatukee
Rep. Barbara McGuire, D-Kearny
Rep. David Schapira, D-Tempe
Rep. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe