Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Legislative leaders misplacing priorities

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Just days before the legislative session is set to begin, Republican legislators held a press conference in Washington, D.C. to announce their plans to set-off another costly legal fight on immigration policy.

“Today’s press conference signaled the intention of Republican legislators to continue to focus on misplaced priorities instead of rebuilding our economy,” said incoming Senate Minority Leader David Schapira. “I’d like to know why the House Appropriations Chairman chose to be outside of Arizona five days before the legislative session in the midst of Arizona’s worst fiscal situation in history.”

Sen. Ron Gould and Rep. John Kavanagh both attended the press conference called to unveil their unconstitutional proposal to end birthright citizenship by unilaterally creating a new citizenship class.

In June, a Pew survey showed a majority of Americans opposed ending birthright citizenship by a 56-41 margin. Pew reports that this remains virtually unchanged from a similar survey in 2006.

“The citizens of Arizona are calling on the legislature to get our economy back on track, facilitate job creation and get our fiscal house in order,” said Schapira. “These state leaders have misplaced their priorities and are distracting from the more important issues facing our state.”

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