This is not a pro or con letter concerning the recently passed Senate Bill 1070. Whether an individual is for or against the bill, it seems obvious that our leaders have painted us into an economic corner that threatens our state financially and reputation-wise.
Can some great compromise be reached, replicating the Great Missouri Compromise of many years ago, where all parties lower their voices, seek common ground, and do something positive for our state?
Here’s a possible scenario:
Have Republican Governor Brewer contact either Senator McCain or Senator Kyl and ask them to publicly promise to put immigration reform on the front burner in the U.S. Senate this year. Have them say that Arizona got their attention with SB 1070 and they intend to vigorously push for immigration reform as soon as SB 1070 is repealed.
Have Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard contact either former Arizona governor and current Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano or U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and ask them to publicly promise to put immigration reform on the front burner on the Obama administration’s agenda this year. Have them say that Arizona got their attention with SB 1070 and they intend to vigorously push for immigration reform as soon as SB 2070 is repealed.
Presto! A compromise where no party wins or loses, no boycotts are needed, no MLB All-Star game is moved to another state, and most importantly, our Arizona economy isn’t negatively impacted due to one piece of legislation.
Could this compromise actually take place? A besieged governor, a bewildered GOP Legislature, and a befuddled DEM Legislature desperately need to extricate Arizona from this self-inflicted economic suicide that potentially could prove financial disaster for us Arizona taxpayers.
Richard K. Meszar