Tucson mayoral candidates agree ‘sanctuary city’ initiative would be bad for city

In January, the People’s Defense Initiative launched its campaign, Tucson Families Free and Together, to collect about 9,200 valid signatures from Tucson voters to place the sanctuary initiative on the November ballot./Photo courtesy of People’s Defense Initiative

By Joe Ferguson | Arizona Daily Star 

The four candidates vying to be Tucson’s next mayor clashed on public safety and roads, but were able to agree on one topic at a debate Wednesday.

At the debate organized by the Rotary Club of Tucson, all the candidates were reluctant to talk about the “sanctuary city” ballot initiative — which they all oppose.

Supporters of the initiative say it would put the force of law behind many guidelines already in place here about circumstances under which police can ask about immigration status, among other measures. The signatures that qualify it for the ballot are currently under court challenge by the Pima County Republican party.

Moderator Lorraine Rivera, the host of Arizona 360 at Arizona Public Media, pushed each candidate to talk about the initiative, called Tucson Families Free & Together, and what they would do to protect it from legal challenges if it passes in November.

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