Arizona Republican explains why he won’t vote for current version of Secure the Border Act

May 16, 2024, 9:38 PM | Updated: May 17, 2024, 9:50 am

Republican said he won't support the Secure the Border Act...

Republican State Senator Ken Bennett said he wants to pump the brakes on the current Secure the Border Act. (Photos: Ken Bennett, left, Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images, right)

(Photos: Ken Bennett, left, Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images, right)

PHOENIX — Republican state Sen. Ken Bennett said he doesn’t support the Secure the Border Act in its current form and won’t unless he sees changes to the bill.

There are two main reasons why he’s not in favor of HCR2060. Firstly, he said he disagrees with an amendment from far-right members of the caucus.

“It basically says that if the DACA program is canceled or goes away, we’re gonna deport all these DACA individuals,” Bennett said during a Thursday interview with KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Outspoken with Bruce and Gaydos.

The amendment contradicts previous promises that the bill wouldn’t punish people for being brought to the U.S. when they were children, he said, adding that he’s staunchly against deporting Dreamers.

Bennett’s support of the bill is needed because the GOP only has a one-seat advantage in the Senate.

Why else does Bennett not support current Secure the Border Act?

Secondly, Bennett doesn’t like how the bill criminalizes the act of illegally entering Arizona from a foreign nation without going through a lawful port of entry.

He said he also took umbrage with Arizona Senate President Warren Peterson saying law enforcement would have to see somebody crossing the border to arrest them.

“The problem is, there’s nothing in the bill that says that,” Bennett said.

Bennett wants to prevent this bill from becoming a second version of SB 1070. The controversial “show me your papers” law initially passed in 2010. However, the U.S. Supreme Court partially struck it down.

Bennett worries that the current bill will be a repeat of the past. That’s why he’s pushing for the law to remove mentions of deporting Dreamers. He also wants amendments that will specifically say authorities have to witness an illegal border crossing to make an arrest.

“Most of my caucus is agreeing with me and they’re going to support amendments on next Wednesday,” he said.

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Arizona Republican explains why he won’t vote for current version of Secure the Border Act