Senator Kavanaugh Taking Arizona Back to SB1070 Nightmare
Phoenix, Arizona. January 13th. Senator Kavanaugh introduced two anti-immigrant bills. One of the bills, SB1017 would deny cities the ability to implement a municipal identification program for all their residents and SB1044 would prohibit undocumented migrants from being counted on the census. Senator Kavanaugh’s history of anti-immigrant, hateful rhetoric, including his advocacy for SB1070 demonstrate his motives of introducing both bills as another way to persecute the immigrant community in Arizona.
In December 2015, the City of Phoenix took important steps to create a more inclusive city with their support of municipal identifications which will positively impact the homeless community, domestic violence victims, migrant families, community with disabilities and LGBTQ members.
Viridiana Hernandez of the Center for Neighborhood Leadership says, “Arizona has come a long way from SB1070 nightmare that created fear in the community, targeted sections of Arizonans and had devastating effects in our economy.
Everyone in the state, starting with Governor Ducey has taken steps to repair Arizona’s reputation and relationships broken by SB1070. One Phx ID will be another step in changing Arizona’s reputation and moving further away from the negative effects of SB1070 to our economy and safety.
The City of Phoenix is taking the appropriate steps to create a welcoming and inclusive city for everyone. We should not allow Sen. Kavanaugh to ruin the progress made by the Governor, state leaders and council members.
Maricruz Ramirez of Puente says, “To be able to open a bank account or call the police because we experience some form of abuse is a privilege that many do not have, as we do not have a document that represents us. I hope our state leaders do not allow more anti-immigrant bills to hurt Arizona and our community.”