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Politics Senator bristles over sanctuary city testimony, calls security on migrant advocates

07:40  14 february  2020
07:40  14 february  2020 Source:   azcentral.com

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Migrant-rights advocates who showed up at the Capitol to protest a controversial immigration measure on Thursday were shown the door instead, after the senator overseeing the hearing bristled at the suggestion the proposal was racist.

The Senate Judiciary Committee was considering Concurrent Resolution 1007, which would enshrine Arizona's ban on "sanctuary cities" — those with policies limiting how local law enforcement can help federal immigration authorities — in the state constitution.

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Texas lawmakers heard hours of public testimony Thursday and into early Friday morning over a bill banning so- called “ sanctuary cities ” in Texas While there is no legal definition of “ sanctuary city ,” it generally refers to a local entity that has a policy limiting cooperation with ICE.

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The existing ban was implemented in 2011, when the state adopted hard-line anti-immigration law Senate Bill 1070. Gov. Doug Ducey last month asked lawmakers to pursue the constitutional amendment. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, is carrying the Senate measure, while state Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, has a mirror proposal in the House.

Lobbyist Hugo Polanco, representing activist group Living United for Change in Arizona, was testifying that the resolution would be "a return to the racism, divisiveness and hate of SB 1070" when committee chair and state Sen. Eddie Farnsworth stopped him.

"I'm going to caution you on the vitriol,"  Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, said. "You can testify, but there's nothing racist about anybody up here … You don't need to be vitriolic."

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Polanco continued, recounting the experience of being a U.S. citizen with relatives living in the country illegally when SB 1070 passed. He said the law "ripped my family apart, and now SCR 1007 wants to bolster the remnants of the law, double down on its worst aspects and give it voter protection."

As Polanco implored the committee on behalf of "families like mine to reject this racist, divisive and hateful legislation," Farnsworth again interrupted him.

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"OK, you're done," he said. "It’s unfortunate you can’t adhere to the terms of this committee."

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As Polanco protested, Farnsworth repeated, "You're done. You're done," forcefully banging his gavel.

"You are silencing my testimony," Polanco said.

"Sir, you're done. You had your time," Farnsworth said. He asked security personnel to remove Polanco if he continued to argue and announced the committee was finished listening to public comment on the measure.

"I cautioned him after his original vitriolic testimony," he explained to the audience.

"You're a racist!" a man shouted in response.

"One more and I'm going to clear this entire room," Farnsworth said. "We're done."

'Let the people speak!'

Alejandra Gomez, LUCHA's executive director, walked to the podium and attempted to give her testimony anyway, as Farnsworth talked over her.

"If we have to remove her, we’ll remove her," he said. "We're done."

When committee vice-chair Rick Gray, a Republican senator from Sun City, attempted to move the measure, Gomez and much of the rest of the crowd grew more agitated.

“This is the people’s house, and you’re not allowing us to speak right now," Gomez said, as security stood next to her.

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“Let the people speak! Let the people speak!” the audience began to chant.

Farnsworth called for the committee to take a brief recess in an attempt to maintain order, during which Gomez protested security staff's characterization of her comments as "aggressive."

"I think the chair and the committee going after undocumented innocent communities in schools is aggressive. That’s what I think is aggressive," she said. "And the fact that we’re listening to these absurd bills and that it’s being permitted when Arizona is doing so well, and our communities are actually thriving and doing better."

Almost immediately after Farnsworth restarted the hearing, the crowd began another call-and-response chant of "Whose house? Our house!" Some yelled, "Kill the bill! Kill the bill!"

Attempting to quiet the audience, Farnsworth said, "We have work to do."

"We are your work," Gomez said. "We are your constituents."

Farnsworth again halted the proceedings so security could speak to the protesters. A handful of people, mostly from LUCHA, were asked to leave, the group's democracy director later said.

Footage shared with The Arizona Republic after the hearing showed them being told that if they had to be forced out of the room, they could be arrested and charged with trespassing.

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"We had people who drove up from Tucson signed in to speak, some with families that were undocumented," said Randy Perez, the democracy director. "I was actually there to testify on other bills unrelated to SCR 1007. Obviously, I couldn't do that."

Senator describes opposition as 'distraction'

The senators were able to act on the sanctuary city resolution the second time Farnsworth restarted the session, roughly 15 minutes later.

As Sen. Martín Quezada, D-Glendale, explained his "no" vote, he alluded to the confrontations earlier in the hearing.

"When we push legislation like this, that creates division between neighbors, between classmates, co-workers, family members, politicians," he said. "I think that's unfortunate, because … we lived through that 10 years ago when we passed Senate Bill 1070.

"I think we should have learned from that mistake," he said.

Farnsworth characterized Quezada's and others' comments as "political rhetoric."

"What this does is it puts it in the constitution that we're going to obey the law," he said. "If you don't like the law, change it. If you don't like the federal immigration policies, change them. But we are saying in Arizona, 'We're going to obey the law.' That's all this bill does.

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Although the term " sanctuary city " remains undefined, it is commonly used to refer to jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities, often through declining requests from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to detain suspected undocumented immigrants.

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"It's unfortunate that the idea of some kind of political chicanery is brought into this discussion because it is nothing more than a red herring and a distraction," Farnsworth said.

The committee advanced the resolution to the full Senate for consideration on a 4-3, party-line vote.

LUCHA's protests have made headlines before, as has Farnsworth's temper.

Last February, during a hearing that involved a handful of contentious election bills, the senator cut off testimony in an exchange that was widely circulated on social media.

"Don't talk over me, sir," Farnsworth told the speaker, nearly breaking his gavel as he pounded it on the dais. "This committee is under my control."

Reach the reporter at maria.polletta@arizonarepublic.com or 602-653-6807. Follow her on Twitter @mpolletta.

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