County Judge Candidates Disagree on Immigration
POSTED: Monday, April 26, 2010 - 6:47pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 9:07am
EL PASO, TX - A day after the Republican nominee for El Paso County Judge proposed Texas implement the strict immigration laws passed in Arizona last week, his opponent disagreed with the idea.
"What's happening in Arizona, I think is really tragic and what we see is a xenophobia taking over instead of common sense policy approaches to solving the challenges of a broken immigration system," County Judge candidate Veronica Escobar said.
Arizona's new law makes it a crime for someone to live in Arizona illegally. It allows Arizona law enforcement to request proof of citizenship if there is reasonable suspicion that someone is illegal.
Jaime O. Perez, the Republican candidate says the idea of asking people to prove their citizenship will not open the door to racial profiling.
"I think that's an exaggerated claim," Perez said. "I don't believe that. I think that's a claim being put out by people who want amnesty because what they're trying to do, is draw a line in the sand that will force the federal government to do comprehensive immigration reform."
"I don't agree with Mr. Perez in the sense that we need to adopt what Arizona adopted," Escobar said.
Even though the highly controversial bill continues to be a hot topic, Escobar says the office of county judge has different priorities.
"I've got a long record of work on the issue and I think this particular issue isn't what people are looking for in terms of leadership at the county," Escobar said. "People are concerned about jobs and the budget and the future of the County of El Paso."