Arizona Immigration Law meets opposition from two initiatives

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April 29, 2010

PHOENIX, Arizona: The newly signed immigration law that is scheduled to take effect in late July or early August, has gained numerous supporters. Now, it is being met with opposition from two initiative efforts hoping to place a veto referendum on the November ballot. One effort is being spearheaded by Jon Garrido, who runs a Hispanic website and is a former candidate for the Phoenix City Council. Garrido stated that he would begin circulation during the week of May 3, 2010 to try and place the measure on the ballot. A separate referendum effort has begun, with the petition drive being led by Andrew Chavez, who runs a petition circulation firm. Chavez stated that he has 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.[1][2]

The possible referendum is in response to the law that was signed into law on April 23, 2010 by Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer that would make illegal immigration a crime in Arizona and would mandate that state and local police question a person's immigration status if there are any suspicions that they are illegal immigrants.[3]

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