HOUSE PASSES EMERGENCY BILL TO FUND VITAL BORDER SECURITY OPERATION

Please see the below News Release sent out today by the Arizona House of Representatives….

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE 

ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

1700 West Washington l Phoenix, Arizona l 85007-2844

PHONE:  (602) 926-3233

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HOUSE PASSES EMERGENCY BILL TO FUND VITAL BORDER SECURITY OPERATION

No. 1 pass through county in the United States would
receive $5 million in state aid to protect citizens

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (March 9, 2011) – Taking a proactive approach to protecting Arizonans in the absence of the federal government securing our border, the Arizona House of Representatives passed emergency legislation today that funds border security operations in Pinal County where Sheriff Paul Babeu has launched a task force to hunt down drug cartels and human traffickers.

HB 2718 allocates $5 million for Sheriff Babeu and his deputies to purchase equipment and supplies to provide border security in the absence of federal security and protection.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

“We can no longer allow drug cartels and smuggling rings to run wild in Arizona,” said Speaker Pro Tempore Steve Montenegro, sponsor of HB 2718. “These resources are vital for Sheriff Babeu to fight these illegal criminals and keep Arizonans safe. Arizona must stand for the rule of law, and this unique task force is doing what the federal government refuses to do: It’s enforcing our laws.”

“Arizona can’t make the mistake of waiting around for Barack Obama and Janet Napolitano to secure our border,” said House Speaker Kirk Adams, also a sponsor of the legislation. “Pinal County has become the top corridor into our state and country for illegal activity, and Sheriff Babeu has taken the lead in protecting Arizonans. With this legislation, the sheriff will now have the resources he needs to stop criminals from infiltrating other parts of our state and country.”

Pinal County was selected to receive the funds due to the amount of illegal activity there, its unique border security operations and because it receives less federal funding than areas directly on the border.

“My deputies and I are not afraid to bring the fight to the Mexican Drug Cartels, but we need help to purchase equipment and supplies,” said Sheriff Babeu. “Speaker Adams, Rep. Montenegro and the Arizona House of Representatives have taken a significant step to protect Arizona families and defend the rule of law.”

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact Daniel Scarpinato at 602-926-3233 or dscarpin@azleg.gov

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Daniel Scarpinato
Director of Communications
Arizona House of Representatives, Majority Caucus
602-926-3233
520-668-7518 (c)

Tim Gaffney

Public Information Officer
Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
971 Jason Lopez Circle
Florence, Arizona  85231
520-866-5174 office
520-705-8124 cell
520-866-5195 fax
tim.gaffney@pinalcountyaz.gov

 

 

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About Jeff

Long time volunteer in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area of Arizona.

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