Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Sierra Vista does not enforce immigration law now, but may if law passes
By Gentry Braswell
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 12:04 AM MST
SIERRA VISTA — Two city officials say they would certainly, if perhaps begrudgingly, abide by any proposed state legislation that would deny Arizona’s state-shared revenue to municipalities with a “sanctuary policy” toward illegal immigration.
The state Senate on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to such legislation, primarily defining “sanctuary policy” as any restricted enforcement of federal laws or any programs that give aid to illegal immigrants.
Whether it is even legal for city cops to enforce such immigration laws remains disputed and unclear, said Maj. Ken Kimmel of the Sierra Vista Police Department.
But, he added, “We don’t want to do anything that’s not in compliance with the law.”
REPORTER Gentry Braswell can be reached at 515-4680.
Analysis: What this means is that the city police do not arrest illegals, but will if a new law is passed. Currently, the job of arresting illegal aliens is the sole domain of the Border Patrol/INS/DHS.
So what? So they don't arrest illegals. What they can and SHOULD be doing are arresting those that aid and harbor illegals as those people are complicit in a crime.