STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Whip Anna Tovar released the following statement on President Obama’s immigration tour across the Southwest:
“House Democrats are thankful that President Obama is finally working hard to get the job done on immigration reform — something border states like Arizona need to boost our economy and make our neighborhoods safe. We need the federal government to finally step up and secure the border. We need tough laws that arrest and deport human smugglers and violent drug traffickers.
“We also can’t let a few lawbreakers overshadow what many have done to build Arizona and the United States by founding companies and creating thousands of jobs, serving the public and making a difference. We need to attract and recruit talented individuals who will plant their businesses and jobs in Arizona so we can build a 21st Century economy right here, not overseas in China.
“We need comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level to get the job done and ensure that all immigrants play by the rules, pay back taxes, learn English and undergo a background check. Republicans at the state legislature have chosen not to focus on efficient, common-sense solutions; rather, they have only managed to enter the state into expensive lawsuits that produce no results and fail to address the crime and violence along the border and in our neighborhoods. It’s time for real solutions at the federal level so we can finally solve this problem once and for all.”