Montini: Lawmakers launch attack on cities, immigrants | azcentral.com

13 January 2016
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You knew an attack on Arizona cities and an attack on undocumented immigrants was guaranteed to come from members of the Arizona Legislature.

But straight out of the shoot?

Forget that long spiel by Gov. Doug Ducey on education and the economy and regulations and blah, blah, blah during the State of the State Address.

If there are two things the Republicans who control the Legislature dislike more than the federal government they would be uppity cities and downtrodden immigrants.

An uppity city would be any city with elected officials who try to set their own path and not fall blindly in step with the Legislature.

Phoenix did that when the City Council decided it was going to look into the possibility of an identification card for otherwise undocumented immigrants.

Other municipalities have done this and the republic has survived.

Don’t tell that to State Sen. John Kavanagh, however.

His Senate Bill 1017, subject of a testy hearing Wednesday, would essentially pre-empt Phoenix and any other Arizona town from creating an ID that differs from those created by the the state’s Motor Vehicle Department.

And since the official state IDs created by MVD are not issued to anyone who can’t prove “authorized presence in the United States” under federal law, the legislation would stop short just about anything the city had in mind.

During discussions at the City Council level it was noted that a Phoenix ID, if issued, could not be used to get a job, register to vote, obtain state or local welfare benefits or gain housing. In other words, the Legislature would need to do nothing to prevent that from happening.

But such cards can at least provide a bit of identification. Some are tied to bank cards, for example.

READ THE FULL STORY BY EJ MONTINI, The Republic | azcentral.com

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