Arizona chamber CEO says anti-sanctuary city bill should be dropped

Posted at 8:06 AM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 10:06:35-05

The leader of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce is bringing renewed pressure from the state's business community to stop an effort against "sanctuary cities."

Glenn Hamer, the chamber's president and CEO, said a legislative proposal to allow individual lawsuits against cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration officials isn't needed, according to a report by the Arizona Capitol Times.

Hamer told the Times he informed lawmakers as well as Gov. Doug Ducey the bill should be killed, saying the state already has strong sanctuary city laws and the measure under consideration creates needless controversy.

House Bill 2598, sponsored by Rep. Bret Roberts, R-Maricopa, would open the way for crime victims to sue local governments with policies that bar cooperation between their law enforcement officers and those of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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