Rothschild tells mayors SB 1070 'bad for business'
Cronkite News Service
WASHINGTON — Federal inaction on comprehensive immigration reform has forced the issue on state and local leaders, but Arizona-style approaches are not the solution, a group of mayors was told Wednesday.
Local immigration laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 are a step in the wrong direction, said Angela Maria Kelley, vice president for immigration policy and advocacy for the Center for American Progress.
“As elected leaders, I implore you to stop the efforts of anti-immigrant bills,” Kelley told about 15 mayors at an immigration reform session at the U.S. Conference of Mayors convention. “It will not solve the problem of illegal immigration in your states.”
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who participated in the immigration session, both said Arizona faced unwanted scrutiny and economic harm because of SB 1070, the state’s sweeping 2010 illegal immigration law.
“Not only is it bad for business, it’s bad for politicians,” said Rothschild, citing the successful Nov. 8 recall of Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce, the champion of SB 1070. “We need to get that message out.”