Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton says part of his first year in office was spent repairing the, “negative, post SB-1070 image of Arizona.”
But the mayor had no problems standing with one of the most influential supporters of Arizona’s tough immigration law during his mayoral campaign two years ago.
Stanton’s comments on SB 1070 came he prepares attend President Barack Obama’s immigration announcement tomorrow in Las Vegas.
In a prepared statement, officials for the mayor’s office said Monday,” Stanton, who has worked his first year in office to repair a negative, post-SB1070 image of Arizona, will see front and center at what is shaping up to be an historic turning point on immigration reform.”
But during his 2011 mayoral campaign, Stanton aligned himself closely with the Arizona Police Association.
In a 2010 letter to Gov. Jan Brewer, the APA said, “SB 1070 will provide law enforcement officers with a much needed tool to determine, if cause and need exists, the immigration status of people they come in contact with who do not have proper identification on scene or readily available.”
The letter continued: “This provision alone will assist officers in identifying friend from foe, resident from visitor, and victim from criminal.”
Phoenix Councilman Michael Nowakowski will also attend the president’s speech in Las Vegas. It is unknown if the trip is being paid for with tax payer money.