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