An immigration enforcement advocate is pleased that Tucson has overwhelmingly rejected a sanctuary city referendum.
While the liberal city has already adopted rules that go as far as legally possible to restrict officers from enforcing federal immigration laws, the rejected initiative, Proposition 205, would have put new restrictions on when police could inquire about immigration status or cooperate with federal law enforcement. The measure was opposed by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild (D) and the Tucson City Council, all Democrats, not because they opposed giving sanctuary to illegals, but because they feared potentially losing millions of dollars in state and federal funding.
Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) says the proposition was pushed by a pro-open borders illegal alien advocacy organization known as the People's Defense Initiative.
"When you have 71 percent of the voters saying no to sanctuaries, you don't get to 71 just with Republicans or just with conservatives," Mehlman notes. "It just kind of points to the fact that this is not really a conservative versus liberal issue; this is radical politicians being influenced by radical organizations to highjack policies that the mainstream of voters across … the spectrum pretty much disagree with."
And the FAIR spokesman believes this should send a message to politicians that this is an issue they can get behind.
"This is a good issue for politicians who want to challenge incumbents who are implementing these kind of de facto sanctuary policies to run against them," Mehlman concludes.