rantburg said Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed a bill that would have criminalized the presence of illegal immigrants in Arizona, citing opposition from police agencies that want immigration arrests to remain the responsibility of the federal government.
She does not like the illegal immigration, and complains loudly about it, but because the cops are too lazy to do anything, she vetoes a law that they could have used.In a letter to lawmakers, Napolitano said she opposes automatically turning all immigrants who sneaked into the state into criminals
They are here illegally, but we dont want to make them criminals.and that the bill provided no funding for the new duties.
Would she have signed it if there had been additional funding?"It is unfortunate that the Legislature has once again ignored the officials who are most directly affected by illegal immigration and instead has passed yet another bill that will have no effect on the problem but that will impose an unfunded burden on law enforcement," Napolitano wrote Monday.
The only reason it would have no effect is because of your veto. If they arrested the illegals they would either stop coming, or at least would come through some other state.Supporters said the bill would have given Arizona a chance to get a handle on its vast border problems by providing a second layer of enforcement to catch the tens of thousands of immigrants who slip past federal agents each year.
A very good idea.Republican Sen. Barbara Leff of Paradise Valley, who proposed the bill, said the governor has painted herself as tough on illegal immigration by declaring a state of emergency at Arizona's border, but has taken little action to back up her rhetoric.
That is because she does not mean what she says."I don't think the governor wants to do anything about this problem," Leff said. She said the bill would have been a means to detain illegal immigrants until federal agents can pick them up.