Kyrsten Sinema's Drop House Bill, and Steve Gallardo's Rebuttal
Democrat Steve Gallardo gave fellow Dem Kyrsten Sinema hell in committee re: her drop-house legislation
Arizona's pro-immigrant community is ticked at one if its own: uber-lefty state Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who has in the past marched with the Reverend Al Sharpton in protest of Senate Bill 1070, and normally opposes the Republinuts in the state legislature on most of their nefarious doings.
Such liberal bona fides aside, Sinema, of course, is a politician, and reputedly longs to run for Congress one day. And since, for her, running for Congress will likely mean running in a competitive district, Sinema will have to be able to prove to voters that she's been "tough on the border," or so she no doubt calculates.
How else to explain her occasional stabs into what is normally nativist territory; i.e., regulating the "illegals"? Last year, when she was still in the state House, it was with HB 2673, which tinkered, almost imperceptibly, with a law regarding human trafficking. The Senate version of the bill, sponsored by then Republican state Senator Jonathan Paton, ultimately became law.
When the House version passed through committee, Sinema touted her success via press release:
"House Bill 2673, sponsored by Assistant House Democratic Leader Kyrsten Sinema, eliminates a clause in Arizona law that requires police to prove that the trafficked individual be obtained `for transport' to qualify as being trafficked for sex or labor. The bill also aids prosecutors to convict traffickers."
"`This bill gives law enforcement a greater ability to fight heinous crimes like human trafficking for sex or slave labor,' Sinema said. `It's a simple fix that makes a huge difference for public safety in our neighborhoods.'"
It was deja vu all over again in the state Senate this week, as Sinema appeared before state Senator Sylvia Allen's "border security" committee to argue on behalf of SB 1225, which bumps up forgery from a class four felony to a class three felony if the forged docs are used in relation to a "drop house."
The sentencing range for a class four felony is one to 3.75 years. The sentencing range for a class three felony is two to 8.75 years.
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