On Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 2:30 pm, the Phoenix City Council convened to hear and vote on numerous agenda items. Agenda item 89, the last to be heard, was to vote on a petition submitted by a citizen requesting a vote be taken to make Phoenix a sanctuary city.
PLEA went to the meeting to fill out comment cards in order to go on record by registering our opposition to this measure. We did not stay to speak as we believe our letter sent to Mayor Stanton on January 31, 2017 was clear and succinct in stating our opposition to previous remarks made by him as well as expressing our opposition to open border/sanctuary city policies. PLEA did not feel it necessary to take the very generous one minute at the microphone to state the obvious which is also echoed through a legal brief prepared by the City attorney. This brief explains it is illegal for the Council to vote on breaking the law which would also violate their oaths of office.
In addition, if City leaders were to declare Phoenix a sanctuary city, the State could fine the city up to $5000 per day, the City could potentially lose State Shared Revenue and could also lose $83 million a year in federal monies.
After hearing the typical litany of remarks. The Council voted to deny the petition and convene in executive session to explore the possibility of further legal challenges to existing portions of SB-1070 that have already been vetted at numerous levels in the federal court system to include the U.S. Supreme Court.
CLICK HERE to read the petition and the legal assessment submitted by the city attorney.