How much further does Arizona have to sink before people realize that the Republicans have gone, and continue to sprint, for the extreme right-wing of their party? Republican candidate Barry Wong who is running for Arizona Corporation Commission, if elected, wants to cut off utilities to all people who can’t prove their citizen status!
One thing is clear this year. Every single office counts, not just Governor and US Senate, but also state superintendent of public instruction, and corporation commission.
Tom Horne has proven the former, and now Barry Wong is proving the latter.
Arizona’s illegal immigrants should have utilities cut, candidate says Corp. Comm. hopeful touts lower power bills
by Ryan Randazzo – Jun. 30, 2010 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
Many illegal immigrants could have a hard time getting power, water, natural-gas or phone service at their homes in Arizona if a political candidate gets his way.
Barry Wong, a Republican candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that, if elected, he would require regulated utilities to check the immigration status of customers, a move he says would keep costs down for other customers.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/06/30/20100630arizona-illegal-immigrant-utility-service.html#ixzz0sNLGnXRT
The President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce was “shocked and dismayed” and responded with an open letter to the Republican candidate.
An Open Letter to Corporation Commission Candidate Barry Wong
June 30, 2010
Dear Mr. Wong:
To say that I was shocked and dismayed to read in Wednesday’s Arizona Republic of your proposal to deny utility services to illegal immigrants would be an understatement. Your cynical attempt to ratchet up the rhetoric over immigration to score cheap political points in a bid for office marks a new low in our state’s immigration debate.
Today is the third day in a row when Phoenix-area temperatures will reach 110 degrees or higher. Since you’re a native Phoenician, I don’t need to remind you of the peril our state’s most vulnerable residents face in our summer heat. To deny someone access to electricity based on his or her immigration status is not only a wrongheaded policy proposal, it’s just cruel.
If your proposal were to take effect, it’s not hard to imagine a scenario where a household has its electric utilities shut off in the summer heat, thus exposing children or the elderly to potentially fatal consequences. And since you’re concerned over the citizenship of ratepayers, it bears pointing out that U.S. citizens in that household could be the ones who bear the brunt of your idea. It’s not just air conditioning that gets shut off under your proposal, but also medical equipment like respirators or dialysis machines or cooking equipment.
Your claim that your proposal is somehow consumer-friendly is absurd. The costs of implementing your plan would be borne by ratepayers, never mind the hit taxpayers would take as police and fire departments would increasingly be responding to heat-related emergencies.
This proposal has raised serious questions over your beliefs about the government’s role in consumer transactions. What other transactions would you seek to limit based on immigration status? For example, should the Department of Weights and Measures seek to ensure that access to gas station pumps is limited to legal residents?
While not your intention, you’ve demonstrated the folly of individual states attempting to craft their own immigration policies and exposed the consequences of a federal government that’s been unwilling to once and for all craft an immigration solution that secures our borders and strengthens our economy.
I hope you give your proposal serious reconsideration. It’s an unnecessary and totally unwarranted distraction away from what should be a legitimate debate over state energy policy.
President and CEO
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
What ever happened to the belief in the free market?