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Arizona Immigration law referendum efforts cease

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May 11, 2010

PHOENIX, Arizona: Opponents of the Arizona Immigration Law may have to find another way to fight the freshly signed bill, as both of the referendum drives to repeal the law have stopped efforts to gather signatures for the November 2, 2010. The two referenda were in response to the law that was signed on April 23, 2010 by Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer that makes illegal immigration a crime in Arizona. The measure also mandates that state and local police question a person's immigration status if there are any suspicions that they are illegal immigrants.[1]

One effort was being spearheaded by Jon Garrido, who runs a Hispanic website and is a former candidate for the Phoenix City Council. Garrido stated that he had filed papers for the petition drive to place the measure on the ballot. The law that Garrido was proposing to repeal is scheduled to take effect in July or August 2010, but would have not taken effect until a vote was taken on the proposed referendum, if it was placed on the ballot in November. However, Garrido stated that he stopped efforts for his petition drive, believing that the law would have been protected by the Arizona Constitution even if the referendum was approved by voters.

A separate referendum effort had begun, with the petition drive being led by Andrew Chavez, who runs a petition circulation firm. Chavez stated that he had begun the initiative on behalf the One Arizona' organization, and filed paperwork with the Secretary of State's office on April 28, 2010 in order to begin the referendum process. Chavez stated, however, that the efforts of his firm stopped because they thought a referendum on the 2010 ballot would not give organizers enough time to launch a successful campaign to sway voters.[2][3][4]

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