Is Arizona Set To Change Tack On Immigration?
“I hope that the message has been sent to them. We’re watching, if you try to mimic it, the same thing can happen to you.”
Republican Rep. John Kavanagh echoed Snow’s message, saying that any Arizona Republicans uncomfortable with the deluge of legislation on immigration in that state will now be more inclined to say no.
“I think they’ll certainly be more cautious in what they support,” he said. “No one is going to come in as a result of Senator Pearce losing and try to undo any of his legislation. But additional legislation may be halted or slowed.”
Kavanagh noted, though, that the state of Arizona’s economy and an anti-incumbent sentiment were factors in Pearce’s recall besides immigration.
Most of Arizona’s immigration-related legislation was enforced by one of Pearce’s main political allies, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who could be next in the list of politicians that CBA will go after.
Arpaio is currently under federal investigation for abuse of power and a civil probe connected to racial profiling.
A potential shift in attitudes to immigration in Arizona may be shown not just by Pearce’s recall in the most conservative district, but also by a new poll conducted by Arizona State University which shows a big majority of Arizonans favor a path to citizenship.
The approach of Pearce’s replacement, Jerry Lewis, to immigration remains to be seen. He has aligned himself with the principles set in the Utah Compact, a pronouncement on immigration that calls for enforcement and humanity in the implementation of immigration laws. The compact was supported by the Mormon church, for whom Lewis is former bishop.
“I think people were tired of the vitriolic politics,” said Lewis after his election victory. “I think they what they wanted is someone that is willing to work with all parties, and understand all parties too, and issues including immigration, the economy and education.”
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