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Party officials sound off on SB 1070

Jan Smith, chair, Yavapai County Republican Party: "When the federal government doesn't execute the laws on the books, we as law-abiding citizens have a major problem.

"In Arizona, it is a significant problem because lawbreakers from many nations, including Mexican citizens, enter our nation to cause harm.

"Historically, many of the people came here for a better life, which the American people supported. That is not true today.

"This out-of-control population of lawbreakers requires that we as citizens take responsibility and protect our citizenry.

"If you compare SB 1070 to the federal laws, SB 1070 is not as strong. Concurrently, if you compare SB 1070 to the laws of Mexico, it is substantially less.

"Wherever you travel and go into countries throughout the world, every individual is required to show identification.

"The media continuously labels Arizonans as racist. I beg to differ. We believe in obeying laws.

"Speaking on behalf of the Republican Party of Yavapai County, we applaud this new law to take effect (Thursday) to bring our laws in conformity and protect us. Our Arizona citizens and American citizens as a whole deserve no less."

Jennifer Campbell, co-chair, Yavapai Tea Party: "We're disappointed (with the ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton). This is an injunction. It is not a decision on the merits. We are hopeful that the judge will reconsider her position when she hears the full evidence. Our position is we support secure borders. We believe (SB) 1070 is a step in the right direction. And we believe the federal government has a duty to protect all citizens, regardless of what state they are from. But we need help, and we need help in Arizona - now, immediately."

Ben Furlong, chairman of Yavapai County Democratic Party: "I believe that any sovereign nation has the right to control its own borders, whether it is the United States or Switzerland or Mexico. "And apparently there is an immigration problem in this nation. We did not solve it in 1986, so it continues. In my opinion, it is something that should be resolved by the federal government.

"The party in power in Arizona does not carry on a dialogue. It is a problem, and we need to be able to solve it together, which means we need to engage in dialogue."

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