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Some Arizona Leaders Push for Positive Approach to Immigration

February 1, 2012
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Business and civic leaders in Arizona are trying to make immigrants feel more comfortable.

They drafted a document called the Arizona Accord. The Accord has five principles:

  • Focusing law enforcement on criminals and not on civil violations
  • Keeping families together
  • Improving the health and well-being of all Arizona children
  • Recognizing the contribution of immigrants to the economy
  • Treating immigrants with humanity and inclusion

The Accord is similar to the Utah Compact created in 2010.

The goal of the drafters of the Accord is to have the public endorse it. They believe it will show legislators what voters want. In Utah, the Compact resulted in the legislature passing a guest-worker program.

Supporters of the accord include the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Arizona Interfaith Network, the Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board, the Phoenix Human Relations Commission, Chicanos Por La Causa, East Valley Patriots, several construction companies and the Farm Bureau.

Arizonans can go to www.azaccord.com and sign the Accord.

Some lawmakers opposed the Accord. One said, it would invite efforts to open the borders instead of securing them. The Senate Majority leader said he would not give the Accord much thought and that he did not think the rest of the Republican caucus would either.

The Arizona Republic


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