Anyone running for office owes the people an honest declaration of their opinion on controversial issues such as SB1070.
I voted against SB1070 because, as I said at the time, it is “a misguided solution to a very real problem.” The problem is that Congress has abdicated its responsibilities to improve border security and to fix our broken immigration system. Arizona has paid a steep price for these failures.
Unfortunately, 1070 doesn’t help solve either of those problems. It does not give law enforcement or prosecutors the tools to adequately address the issues of crime and violence, but instead increases the burden on local law enforcement. And much of it is unconstitutional. Even the conservative Roberts Court agrees.
Congress should take immediate action and stop playing election year games with Arizona’s future. We must ramp up border security, pass the DREAM Act, and move to reconsider the immigration solutions that were supported by Senators McCain, Kyl, and Kennedy.