Tucson and Flagstaff to Sue AZ Over Immigration Law
Matt | On 05, May 2010
The cities of Tucson and Flagstaff are not taking their beating from Arizona lying down.
Both city councils voted to sue the state of Arizona over the recently-passed immigration bill. The mayor of Phoenix had also considered suing the state, but he couldn’t get enough people on his City Council to get their minds right, which is a shame. The state’s new law makes it a crime to be in the U.S. illegally beginning in August. It will also require local police forces to enforce the law by checking IDs of anyone they suspect is illegal.
Both Tucson and Flagstaff are worried about their bottom lines when it comes to the immigration law. In a recession, they simply don’t have the resources to enforce what they believe the federal government should be doing. They are trying to get tourism dollars, which is about the only viable thing in their areas. Now they feel like they have to waste money enforcing an unfunded mandate from the state. Also, going along with the state is obviously going to hurt tourism, so both cities pumped the brakes and said “No ma’am” to Jan Brewer, the state’s governor.
It should be interesting to see how this plays out. Will Tucson and Flagstaff be the “islands of reality” in the sea of racial profiling and laughingstock that is also known as Arizona? Let’s hope so.