Representative Shope Introduces HCR 2046 Constitutional Amendment Banning Sanctuary Cities

Arizona Governor, Sheriffs, County Attorneys, Mayors and More Back Constitutional Amendment Banning Sanctuary Cities

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Speaker Pro Tempore T.J. Shope (R-8) today introduced HCR 2036, a constitutional amendment to ensure local law enforcement has the ability to cooperate with their federal counterparts and ban reckless sanctuary city policies.

“This referendum is about protecting public safety, preventing bad policy, and supporting the brave men and women of Arizona law enforcement,” said Representative Shope. “Reckless sanctuary city policies that impede the ability of our law enforcement to do their jobs have no place in Arizona. This amendment lets the people’s voice be heard and gives all Arizonans the chance to stand up for the rule of law.”

“Arizona welcomes people from all over the country and the world. We’re also a state that supports the rule of law, and will continue to be,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Supporting public safety is an issue that people of all parties can get behind. My thanks to Representative T.J . Shope for leading on this important legislation to give all Arizonans the opportunity to say ‘yes’ to the rule of law and ‘no’ to sanctuary cities.”

“As Maricopa County Attorney, my top priority is ensuring families within our diverse community are safe,” said Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel. “In order to do so, law enforcement must be able to collaborate with federal, state and local partners without the risk of losing much-needed financial resources. I applaud Governor Doug Ducey and Representative T.J. Shope for their leadership on this issue and commitment to public safety.”

“Our U.S. Constitution dictates that the federal government shall deal with the difficult task of immigration and its enforcement,” said Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk. “Although it shouldn’t be necessary, it has become apparent that direction from the citizens of this Great State is necessary so that the federal government can be assured of Arizona law enforcement support in their efforts to do the job they are directed to do by our federal constitution.”

“The Arizona Sheriff’s Association is united in support of this referendum to keep sanctuary cities out of Arizona,” said Sheriff’s Association President and Coconino County Sheriff Jim Driscoll. “ Governor Ducey and Representative Shope are taking an important step to support law enforcement agencies and officials across the state to better protect our communities.”

“Arizonans depend on law enforcement to keep their families safe,” said Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher. “Sanctuary cities for illegal immigration are a barrier to our cooperation and relationship with Immigration and Federal authorities. We need to follow the law in order to effectively protect the public.”

“I am glad to read the Governor is stepping up on this fractural division within our criminal justice system throughout the United States,” said Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels. “Additionally, sanctuary cities-governments only serve to erode the rule of law and provide a sheltered-venue for criminals to prey upon our good citizens.”

“Respect for the rule of law is a core Arizona and American value,” said Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. “Establishing so-called ‘sanctuary jurisdictions’ is both unwise policy and contrary to the rule of law. I applaud the effort to bring this question to voters.”

“Safety is the foundation for quality of life, strong economic growth, and the ability for us to welcome people from all over the world,”said Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls. “Voters will be able to reaffirm local support of federal immigration with this referendum, and as Mayor I see this as an aid to law enforcement.”

“As a citizen of this country and a military veteran and former law enforcement officer I took an oath to protect the U.S . Constitution,”said Payson Mayor Tom Morrissey. “That Constitution is the basis of the laws of this land and what has made us a great nation. If we prevent the enforcement of our immigration laws, we are violating the Constitution and threatening the very fabric of our country.”

“Public safety and economic development go hand in hand,” said Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland. “ I urge our lawmakers to support this important measure to ensure our law enforcement have the tools and ability to keep our communities safe.”

We encourage readers to be prepared to make comments once this bill is assigned to committee at https://apps.azleg.gov/

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