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Long List of Anti-Immigrant Bills Pass

Remember when we thought Arizona legislators would give it a rest? They’re back in action (again). Tuesday many of you joined us for the morning vigil, meetings with legislatures and finally sitting through a dreadfully long hearing (it went pass midnight!). Thank you keeping up the fight. Your voices ARE being heard.

Here is the the lengthy list of anti-immigrant bills that the appropriations committee passed on Monday:

  • SB 1308: States can create separate birth certificates for children who meet a new definition of a citizen and those who do not, denying birth certificates to Arizona children born to undocumented parents.
  • SB 1309: Creates a new definition of citizen, defining children as citizens of Arizona and the U.S. if at least one of their parents was either a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent U.S. resident. Again, denying citizenship to Arizona children born to undocumented parents.
  • SB 1405: Would mandate hospitals to check the immigration status of all non-emergency admissions and emergency patients, and contact ICE if patients do not have proof of citizenship.

  • SB 1407: (Schools; data; noncitizen students) would require schools to identify and collect data on undocumented students.

SB 1611: (Immigration omnibus) Undocumented people will be unable to drive (car will be confiscated if caught), rent a car, buy a car, register for school (elementary through college), home school, live in public housing, obtain a marriage license in Arizona, etc.

I know you’re just as tired as we are of their political games, but we can’t stop now. Tuesday’s appropriations committee hearing was the first step in a long process, and the bills’ ultimate fate is still unclear, which means we must continue the fight! They still need the support of a majority of the full Senate, a House committee and the full House before reaching the governor or becoming law.

Please send them a quick fax and give them a call to make sure they know their constituents won’t accept bills that will only further divide Arizona and distract us from the real issues that are affecting the lives of Arizonans.

Tell your legislators to “Vote no against SB1308, SB1309, SB1405, SB1407, SB1519 and SB1611.” These bills won’t move Arizona forward and are wasting our tax prayer dollars.

The following legislators voted against these awful bills:


Paula Aboud, Democrat


Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat


Olivia Cajero Bedford, Democrat


Rich Crandall, Republican


David Schapira, Democrat

The following legislators votes for these bills:


Sylvia Allen, Republican
(to her credit, she voted against SB 1611)

Don Shooter, Republican


Andy Biggs, Republican


Lori Klein, Republican


Al Melvin, Republican


Rick Murphy, Republican


Steve Smith, Republican


Ron Gould, Republican

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SB 1611: Attack on Children and Businesses

Watch the hearing live

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Contact: Ahlam Said 602-288-3663 Ahlam@promiseaz.org

SB 1611: Attack on Children and Businesses
Statement by Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona

Phoenix – Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on SB 1611, a bill introduced by Senate President Russell Pearce on Monday that would among other things force children to show proof of their citizenship or legal status to go to school and would force businesses to enroll in a flawed federal employment verification system or risk losing their licenses. The following is a statement by Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona:

“Apparently Pearce isn’t satisfied with the damage he’s done to the state and wants to completely drive us off a cliff. Already, Pearce and a handful of other elected officials have created a climate of hostility and division in the state with their anti-immigrant rhetoric and actions, and have tarnished the state’s reputation everywhere giving the false impression that Arizonans are intolerant and racist. Now, Pearce is working to solidify that image with a law that makes SB 1070 seem tame.

“Attacking children, imposing onerous requirements on businesses and continuing to scapegoat immigrants is exactly what Arizona does not need. Arizona has very real, pressing problems, starting with a crushing deficit. Pearce has abused his position, seemingly using it to satisfy a personal vendetta and ignoring Arizona’s needs.

“The state legislature needs to continue standing up to extreme legislation and reject bills that will only set our state back.”
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Promise Arizona is a membership organization whose mission is to recruit, train and support a new generation of leaders from across the state to build a new Arizona, one that will allow all residents to achieve their full potential.

Update: SB1308 & SB1309

There’s been a lot of back and forth on bills SB1308 and SB1309. You’re probably wondering what the heck is going on. We got you covered thanks to Guadalupe Valencia who took the time to explain the bills and the process they’re going through.

SB 1308: interstate compact; birth certification
SB 1309: Arizona citizenship

The two bills combined are intended to deny U.S. citizenship to babies born in Arizona, unless they have at least one parent who is lawfully residing in the U.S.  They are known as the 14th amendment bills, because the intent is to interpret U. S. citizenship as defined in the 14th Amendment of the U. S. constitution.  Another common name is “anchor baby” as many conservative Republicans say immigrants, especially Mexican come to the U. S. only to have a baby thereby ‘anchoring’  or positioning themselves for legal status in the future.

Here is a chronological of events with these two bills.

  • January 31, 2011 originally assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • February 7, 2011 Judiciary committee hearing.  The bills are held without a vote after Judiciary committee members, both Republicans and Democrats, voiced concerns about the intent and consequences of the bills. The Judiciary Chairman, Senator Ron Gould (R, District 3, Lake Havasu) announced the bills would be placed on a future agenda.
  • February 8, 2011 the bills are withdrawn from the Judiciary Committee and reassigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
  • February 15, 2011 Appropriations committee hearing.  Again, the bills are held without a vote. On this same day, the legislature was also conducting the 2nd Special Session to enact a bill to establish the Arizona Commerce Authority.  Several individuals felt this was the reason the 14th amendment bills were held.
  • February 22, 2011 Tuesday=hearing date in the Appropriations Committee.

“Committee Shopping” is a maneuver used at the legislature to withdraw and reassign bills to a “friendly committee”.  This maneuver can be done as many times as necessary to guarantee the passage of the bill.

The work of our community continues until the defeat of these bills and all bills that are anti-immigrant, divisive, and eventually costly, as a legal battle will result if these bills are enacted by the Arizona legislature.

Stand with us by telling key lawmakers to vote NO on SB 1308 and 1309.

Promise Arizona Calls Urgent Meeting at State Capitol with Legislators

Residents feel disconnected to legislators in light of anti-immigrant bills

Phoenix – Sen. Ron Gould’s plan to seek a vote on Tuesday for SB1308 and SB1309, the two bills that would deny citizenship to children of undocumented parents in Arizona, has sparked concern among  residents who feel their legislators are disconnected from the issues affecting everyday Arizonans.

In response, Promise Arizona will be hosting an unprecedented community meeting at the State Capitol to discuss issues affecting community residents. The organization’s leaders will invite legislators to connect with their constituents. The following is a statement from Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona:

“We call on our state legislators to attend to the pressing issues facing our state, most notably a crippling deficit, and leave federal issues to the federal government. Bills like SB1309 and SB1308 will only further divide Arizona and divert us from tackling the real issues that affect our lives.

“We invite our legislators to get back in touch with their constituency and listen to their concerns. We will be setting up meetings with our legislators today, and we hope they will join us in moving our state forward in 2011.”

What: Meetings with state legislators

When: Monday, February 14, 2010: 3:30pm
Who: Connecting Communities for Change: Community Meeting
Where: Arizona State Capitol: 1700 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ

Interview and visual opportunities will be available.

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Promise Arizona is a membership organization whose mission is to recruit, train and support a new generation of leaders from across the state to build a new Arizona, one that will allow all residents to achieve their full potential.