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Posted on: March 11, 2013

Statement by County Attorney on Immigration Protests

PHOENIX, AZ (March 11, 2013) – County Attorney Bill Montgomery released the following statement in response to today’s immigration protests:

“I support people exercising their First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble and petition their government for a redress of grievances and to speak freely, rights which, among others, more than one million Americans have died defending. Today’s demonstrations highlight the consequences of our federal government’s failure to address a broken immigration system and to properly secure our borders.”

“While I continue to support reasonable and necessary federal immigration reforms, I remain equally committed to enforcing the laws I have sworn to uphold as County Attorney. My Office will continue to make charging decisions based on an individual’s conduct -- not his or her race, ethnicity or residency status. We do not initiate prosecutions to achieve a particular immigration outcome, nor do we control the federal consequences of state-level convictions. I reject any call to treat one particular group more or less harshly than any other, or to mix politics with criminal justice.”

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