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Rejected by Voters! Tucson, Arizona, Will Not Become a Sanctuary City

Citizens gave some real sass to the strong suggestion that their municipality should embrace this official designation — here's why

Voters in Tucson, Arizona, on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected Proposition 205, the proposal to make Tucson a sanctuary city — by 71.4 percent to 29 percent.

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The lopsided vote likely occurred because the measure was thought to hamstring police unreasonably in their duties — and the official designation also could have cost the city federal funds.

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State funds would also have been in jeopardy under Arizona’s SB 1070 border security law.

Tucson considers itself an “immigrant-welcoming city” and already has certain limits on what police may ask or actions they may take regarding immigration status.

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Prop 205 would have increased the limitations by fully outlawing the detaining or deportation of anyone without proper immigration paperwork even if the person in question was a witness to a crime.

In a rare move against measures of this type in a Democrat-controlled college town, the Tucson City Council opposed the ballot initiative.

Its reasoning was that Tucson already was a de facto sanctuary city and there was no need to invite lawsuits and the possible removal of state funds, which the passing of the proposition could have brought.

That did not convince Prop 205 supporters, however.

“It [Prop 205] will put into law that we will not, as we move forward, collaborate in the federal effort to terrorize, detain, separate, and deport our community members,” said Zaira Livier, an official with the People’s Defense Initiative.

City leaders disagreed.

“The city of Tucson, in all respects except being labeled as such, operates as a sanctuary city,” said outgoing Dem Mayor Jonathan Rothschild.

He opposed Prop 205, as did incoming Mayor Dem Regina Romero.

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The entire city council is made up exclusively of Democrats.

As the Trump administration has strongly opposed the entire sanctuary city movement, this vote can be seen as good optics for the president’s border security program.

If a largely Democrat and heavily minority-populated city like Tucson — which also sports a major state university — can decisively turn down a hard-Left-supported ballot measure on immigration, what does it say for the hard-Left national Democratic message that all conservative immigration policies in opposition to sanctuary cities are, by their nature, cruel and racist?

Local residents could do the political math.

Now it’s true the Dem spin machine has moved on from “kids in cages” — to the July 25 phone call that Trump had with the president of Ukraine.

Yet as Arizona is on the Dems’ short list to flip to blue in the upcoming national elections, certain Democratic leaders may want to take a second to ask themselves: Just how far Left is too far Left, even for reliably left-wing voters?

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David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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