BOS Approves Immigration Resolution

Unanimous decision facilitated by amendments authored by Gold Canyon resident

By Dana Trumbull

On Wednesday, August 8, 2018, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors (BOS) unanimously approved an amended resolution concerning immigration policies as they affect Pinal County.

When the BOS originally considered a similar resolution two months ago, the “Rios Resolution,” as it was called, was, in large part, a condemnation of ICE policies separating children from their parents at the border. By the time the resolution made its way to the agenda, however, immigration policies were already in flux, due to judicial and administrative decisions.

After a passionate discussion involving many statements from the public, as well as supervisors, the resolution failed, 3/2, with Supervisors House and Rios in favor; Smith, Goodman and Miller opposed for a variety of reasons grounded in personal, ideological and political viewpoints. (See the July 9 edition of The Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News for the story.)

The matter, however, was not done. Supervisor Smith expressed a desire to return with an amended version of the resolution that focused on the economic impact of immigration on Pinal County. That opportunity came at the August 8 meeting.

The Smith Resolution, as approved, approached the issue in a more positive manner, noting “… be it resolved that the Pinal County Board of Supervisors hereby supports these updated ICE policies for those seeking legal immigration and asylum in this country and encourages continued efforts to keep families united throughout the immigration process.”

The resolution goes on to address the county’s desire to encourage “legal immigration and additional domestic programs” for the economic purpose of fulfilling labor needs in the agricultural, manufacturing and mining industries.

The resolution also notes, “The United States Congress has the ultimate responsibility under the Constitution to enact comprehensive immigration reform that will effectively and humanely manage immigration with adequate funds to ensure controlled access at our borders and timely processing of visa applications.”

The resolution did not satisfy all in attendence. During public comment, David Clark, Pinal County, stated that he felt the statement did not go far enough. He encouraged supervisors to “recognize the real humanitarian crisis occurring in South America and other countries that are driving desperate people to take desperate action at our borders. “

An Apache Junction resident spoke eloquently of traveling to Honduras, where her experience allowed her to understand the conditions motivating parents to send their children to the United States. She agreed,  however, that the resolution, as amended, provided a reasonable compromise of positions.

Supervisor Rios attributed Gold Canyon resident Roberto Reveles with authorship of the amendments that brought the BOS together for unanimous approval.

The resolution will now be forwarded to the Director of the Office of Homeland Security and to the congressional Delegation for the state of Arizona.

Photo above: Pinal County Supervisor Anthony Smith prepared the immigration resolution passed by the BOS 5/0

2 Comments

  1. will vote this election for candidates who prioritize citizens over illegal aliens, those who oppose sanctuary cities, amnesty and taxpayer funded in state college tuition discounts for illegals. That means NO Democrats and no RINOs. When will Democrats and people in general figure out that when you reward illegal immigration with jobs, amnesty, drivers licenses, discounts for college tuition, scholarships encourages MORE illegal entry. Just debating this in congress is costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars….. thank the parents.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the billions spent on bilingual education for illegal aliens.

    *Currently Democrat city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollarsfor legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported and to sue our own Government..

    *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison U do the math.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) WIC, & free school lunches.

    *Taxpayer funded in state tuition college discounts for illegal aliens cost taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

    Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration. We have been paying this for decades and will pass this burden on to our children and grand children as has been passed on to us.

  2. Immigration is a federal action and it is best to leave it where it should and needs to be addressed. If you support this country and enforcement of its laws contact your federal representatives for changes not local representatives who have their own hidden agendas. The last thing we need in this country is more individuals expressing and implementing their own thoughts on immigration that get in the way of what is currently law. I support ICE and all it entails as this is what is law in this country. If you don’t like it then move to California and live in a sanctuary city/state where illegals are protected, crime is accepted as an everyday occurrence and citizens are treated as second class citizens with no rights. There are many ways illegals can come to this country to work and live without living in the shadows. If they are serious about wanting to make this country their own then they should focus on finding a sponsor, get a green card, pay taxes, apply for citizenship and follow the law.

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