Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said regardless of the decision by the high court, SB 1070 has done economic harm to the city.
“I support comprehensive immigration reform but not 1070. I believe we need stronger border security but 1070 and border security have nothing to do with each other,” Stanton said.
Stanton said Phoenix will soon be a majority Latino city and that’s a strength.
“It’s a young population, a bilingual population and trade with Mexico will be an ever increasing part of our economy,” Stanton said.
Stanton also would like state lawmakers to stop attempting to pass divisive laws, which he believes is sending a mixed message to the community, and is taking the focus off of the real issues like creating jobs and boosting education.
“I believe that from this day forward you are going to see much smarter public policy out of this state,” Stanton said. “I think the business community, which understands that 1070 is not smart, economic policy, is stepping up to the plate in a much stronger way and they are going to do what they can to not allow these divisive bills pass.”
Stanton also believes we can’t have a patchwork of state laws on immigration around the country. He expressed the importance of Congress passing a comprehensive reform plan and doing right by the state and this country.
“We need comprehensive immigration reform, we need to support the dream act and we also need to continue to support strong border security,” Stanton said. “I think that [Monday’s] Supreme Court ruling hopefully laid bare that 1070 was not about border security but was about something much different and of course the Supreme Court said that most of 1070 was unconstitutional.”
- Skin Cancer in Arizona: Stats, facts and new immunotherapy drugs making strides
- Distracted walking injuries end up not so funny
- Scary situations: 5 quick tips before you let a contractor in your home
- Four ways telemedicine is changing the health care industry
- 5 mistakes homeowners make in the spring
- Three rivers run through it: Exploring Arizona's waterways
- Smart home basics: things you need to know to get started
- 5 Surprising things causing back pain
- Arizona agriculture is a $17.1B industry
- Timeline: Arizona's roots in brewing history
- 5 reasons to love the D-backs this season
- Tips for taking your home entertainment experience to the backyard
- Tech-related injuries your parents never experienced
- Workers comp: Signs your co-worker could be a fraud
- Who's the real founder of America's pastime?
- Epidemic rising? What you need to know about Alzheimer's in Arizona
- 5 unforgettable Wooden Award winners
- Family and hard work are keys to success of modern dairy farmers
- Genetic testing could hold answers for colon cancer survival
- Cold beers and baseball: A beer lover's guide to Spring Training
- Telecommuting: 5 tips to make it work for employers and employees
- See how top CFOs feel about economic growth in the Valley
- Migraine myths that keep patients from effective treatments
- Here’s why Gaydos went tankless with his water heater
- Bocce ball and basketball: How you can help Arizona's Special Olympics athletes
- Tips on building the best wine room in Arizona
- Avoid the nightmare: 6 tips to choose a great contractor
- Breast cancer: Improved testing and treatments means more survivors
- Failed back surgery: New hope for patients living in pain
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode