Lawmaker on why SB1070 should be repealed: "A black cloud over Arizona"

CREATED Feb. 22, 2013

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  • Sen. Sally Ann Gonzales (D-Tucson), is sponsoring a bill to repeal SB1070.

Reporter: Alexis Fernandez

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - On Friday, 50 people attended a rally at the Tucson State Building, their goal: to repeal Arizona's law cracking down on illegal immigration - SB1070.

Sen. Steve Gallardo and Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales, both Democrats want action.

"A bill that has created racial profiling in our state, a bill that continues to haunt this state," said Gallardo.

But the repeal effort has hit a brick wall, the Republican leadership is blocking it.

"My message to the president of the senate and speaker of the house, what's your excuse now, let's give these bills a hearing, let's have an honest dialogue and debate," he said.

Rep. Gonzales says it's about restoring human rights.

"There is leadership that doesn't want to deal with it because of political reasons and not the human rights issue that we ought to be looking at," she said.

But the effort stands little chance in Arizona's GOP controlled legislature.

9OYS's Alexis Fernandez asked: The fact that there isn't a lot of bipartisan support, what are the chances of this even passing.

"It's hard to say because unless we have a good dialogue about the issue at hand," said Gonzales.

Convincing Republicans like Ethan Orr will not be easy.

"You know you have to make priorities. We have a lot of things on the table... Medicaid expansion," he said.

But Orr told 9OYS he's willing to talk.

"Where we should have the conversation is what we can do in common, I would really like to work with Democrats and Republicans," she continued.

Meanwhile this group says it will continue the fight.