Thursday, March 30, 2017



Note: Arizonacentric. Of course. BTW, the Phoenix vote was more about "de jure" than "de facto".

Rollout of Phoenix municipal ID cards delayed
March 30, 2017 @ 5:05 am

Municipal ID cards were supposed to be made available to Phoenix residents by now, but there's been a delay.

Supporters of the ID cards say the rollout was delayed because there are concerns over whether or not the city will retain the personal information of card holders.

Viridiana Hernandez, executive director of the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, said she and other supporters are worried authorities could access the information and use it against card holders, especially those who are undocumented.

"Someone's name or someone's address – all of that information we feel will be very sensitive and could be used if there aren't any protections," Hernandez said.

She added that the concerns are even more pressing now that President Donald Trump is in office and could direct federal authorities to access the data. Similar concerns are brewing in California, where thousands of undocumented immigrants have applied for driver's licenses and, in doing so, have shared their personal information.

But David Urbinato, a spokesman for the Phoenix City Council, said the delay was not due to concerns over personal information being retained. He said the delay was "solely" to account for any possible changes to municipal ID cards or services made in the state Legislature.

"There have been several bills considered in the current legislative session that would impact how, or even if, municipalities can offer cards," he said, adding that the delay "ensured that any Phoenix city services card program would comply with any changes mandated in state legislation."
"The date change is solely driven by that," he said.

Now, the Phoenix municipal ID cards are projected to be made available in late spring or early summer.


Former Gov. Jan Brewer says politicians who support sanctuary cities should be jailed
BY KTAR.COM | March 30, 2017 @ 4:53 am

PHOENIX — Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said politicians who support sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, particularly those who commit crimes, should be jailed.

"What are they thinking? They ought to be in jail, really," Brewer told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" this week. "They're harboring and protecting criminals. It's unbelievable that they would get away with this."

Though there is no agreed upon definition of a sanctuary city, the general consensus defines them as a city that will, in some way, protect illegal immigrants.

In some cases, these cities tell police not to inquire about the immigration status of those they encounter, or they decline requests from immigration officials to keep defendants in custody while they await deportation.

Others say they do cooperate with such "detainer" requests as long as they're backed by court-issued warrants, but won't allow local officers to enforce federal immigration law.

Brewer said her biggest concern is with cities who allow illegal immigrants with criminal records to walk free.
"People want to feel safe. They're making our cities and our states dangerous (by) releasing these criminals, these murderers, rapists, child abusers back out into our streets," she said, later adding that not all illegal immigrants commit crimes.

She also said it is "absolutely wrong" that politicians would choose the safety of the community over their political agenda. "It makes absolutely no sense," she said. "I don't even think it makes sense to them other than that they want to poke people in the eyes."

Earlier this year, the Phoenix City Council voted against becoming a sanctuary city in a 7-2 vote.


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