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SB 1611: Attack on Children and Businesses

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

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.”

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.