Chamber calls for killing remaining sanctuary city bill

Glenn Hamer, left, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, with Gov. Doug Ducey in January. /Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

The head of a major business organization wants state lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey to quash a proposal to allow individuals to sue cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

“We don’t need it,” Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry told Capitol Media Services on Tuesday. And he said it has the potential of creating needless controversy and ill will.

“This is an area where there needs to be great sensitivity,” he said. And Hamer said that with strong laws against “sanctuary cities” on the books “we believe that attention would be better focused elsewhere.”

Hamer said he has sharing his views with lawmakers who will decide the future of the measure — and with Gov. Doug Ducey who will have to make the final decision whether to sign it if it clears the House and Senate.

That pressure could be the death knell for HB 2598.

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