AZ CEOs to Sen. Pearce: Let feds handle immigration

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by Stacey Delikat

azfamily.com

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 16 at 9:29 PM

PHOENIX - The chief officers of some of Arizona's biggest companies have signed a letter to Senate President Russell Pearce saying it would be "unwise" for the legislature to pass any additional immigration-related legislation.

The letter was issued by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and urges the legislature to "redirect its energy" by pressing the Federal Government to enact immigration reform.

W. Douglas Parker, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Airways, Philip Francis, Chairman of PetSmart, and Peter Likins, the President Emeritus of the University of Arizona are among those who signed the letter.

The letter reads, in part, "When Arizona goes it alone on this issue, unintended consequences inevitably occur." On Senate Bill 1070, the letter says, "It is an undeniable fact that each of our companies and our employees were impacted by the boycotts and the coincident negative image."

J. Doug Pruitt of Sundt Construction is one of the CEO who signed the letter. He said, "We've been hurt I think dramatically because of what we're doing in this whole area of immigration I think there are a lot of businesses who probably look at Arizona and decide, right now anyway, if we're gonna put our tent up somewhere else, this is not where we want to come."

Republican Senator Ron Gould of legislative District 3 is the sponsor of one of the immigration-related measures now pending in the Senate that would reinterpret the 14th amendment. He told 3TV the letter would not affect his support for immigration-related bills.

Read the entire letter.

 

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