On Tuesday, voters went to the polls in multiple states. Virginia officially turned “blue” with the state legislature now having Democrat majorities. In Kentucky, all races except the governor’s office pretty much went Republican. And in Tuscon, Arizona, the people just said no to defying federal law.
Voters in one of Arizona’s most liberal cities rejected an initiative Tuesday that would have made Tucson the state’s only sanctuary city amid concerns that it went too far in restricting police officers.
The measure drew fierce opposition from the mayor and city council, all of them Democrats, who said the initiative risked public safety and millions of dollars the city gets from the state and federal governments.
The measure was pushed by activists who wanted to give a voice to Tucson’s Latino community. They said it would have sent the message that immigrants are safe and protected in Tucson at a time when many are fearful of President Trump’s immigration policies.
It sounds like the Latino community voted against the measure.
That being the case, the activists are obviously trying to speak for a community of which they are not a part.
But, that, of course, is the plan.
The initiative, known as Proposition 205, would have put new restrictions on when police can inquire about immigration status or cooperate with federal law enforcement.
It explicitly aims to neuter a 2010 Arizona immigration law known as SB1070, which drew mass protests and a boycott of the state. It prohibits sanctuary cities in Arizona and requires police, when enforcing other laws, to verify the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Courts threw out much of the law but upheld the requirement for officers to check immigration papers.
Why this is an issue confounds every day Americans. And yet, it is one. At least the people in Tuscon spoke loud and clear rejecting the measure.