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Napolitano voices opposition to anti-illegal immigration
The Associated Press, July 22, 2003
PHOENIX — Gov. Janet Napolitano voiced her opposition to an initiative
aimed at preventing undocumented immigrants from receiving government
“I’m against it ... This does not address a problem that we have. Why are
we letting the federal government off the hook?” Napolitano told The Arizona
Republic for Tuesday’s editions.
Napolitano believes the federal government needs to take the lead in
responding to immigration issues.
Proposed for Arizona’s fall 2004 ballot, the initiative would impose new
requirements to provide evidence of citizenship to register to vote, cast
ballots at polling places and obtain services which are not mandated by the
State Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, supports the initiative and is a senior
adviser to Protect Arizona NOW, the grass-roots group behind the measure.
Pearce and other proponents say the proposal is a way to protect taxpayers
from the unbridled fiscal and social costs of illegal immigration.
Last week, eight Republican members of Arizona’s congressional delegation
issued a statement saying they shared similar concerns about immigration but
would not support it.
Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., was among those who came out against the
proposal and said he applauds Napolitano’s opposition.
“I thank the governor for finally joining the leaders of the Hispanic
community and the Arizona congressional delegation in opposing this
proposition,” Hayworth said.