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01/13/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2020 16:32

Governor Ducey: “Let’s Give All Arizona Voters The Opportunity To Say Yes To The Rule Of Law And No To Sanctuary Cities”

PHOENIX - During today's State of the State Address, Governor Doug Ducey recognized the City of Tucson's overwhelming rejection of sanctuary city status and called for all Arizonans to have the same opportunity to stand for the rule of law.

During the speech, the Governor said:

If anyone needed a reminder, that here in Arizona, we respect the rule of law: last fall the voters of Tucson demonstrated that loud and clear.

There, in our state's second largest city, a troubling proposal to defy federal law was soundly and overwhelmingly rejected by Democrats and Republicans alike. It wasn't even close.

And now it's time for all Arizonans to make their voices heard, and enshrine it in our Constitution. T.J. Shope has the ballot referral. This November, let's give all Arizona voters the opportunity to say YES to the rule of law and NO to sanctuary cities.

Sanctuary Cities put federal resources and public safety at risk. Last November, nearly 70 percent of Tucson voters voted against Prop 205, which would have established Arizona's second-largest city as a Sanctuary City. The measure threatened $130 million annually in shared revenues to the city of Tucson and was rejected by law enforcement and city and county leaders.

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