I co-sponsored and voted yes on SB1070

I love our state and nation, I’m concerned about our future, and I want to make a difference.

That is why I am proud to have co-sponsored and voted yes on Senate Bill 1070, the legislation recently signed by our Governor that provides law enforcement with another tool to fight illegal immigration.  This bill is a positive step toward protecting the rights and resources of U.S. Citizens.

As you have seen on the local and national news, not everyone agrees with my stance.  While legislators, like myself, are voting on laws inside, protesters are beating on drums and yelling on loud speakers, police are trying to keep the peace, sharp shooters are on the roof, and the media is all too happy to show the world.  

No one ever said my job would be easy.  Doing the right thing rarely is.

Although critics argue that this legislation is unconstitutional, I disagree.  In fact, the bill was written with the help of Kris Kobach, former counsel to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Harvard, Oxford, and Yale graduate.

According to Kobach, “The bill basically makes it a penalty under state law to do what is already a crime under federal law.”  Further, the bill contains language that specifically says state and local law-enforcement officers “may not solely consider race, color or national origin” in implementing the law “except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution.”

Rest assured that I am working hard for the residents in our district and state.  One of my favorite parts of the job is meeting and helping constituents.  Please feel free to contact me at 602-926-5413 or DLesko@azleg.gov about this issue or any others.  I’d love to hear from you.

Together, we can make a difference.

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