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Tensions, spending on the rise over Tucson sanctuary city initiative

Mural for Prop 205 is defaced
Posted at 7:22 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 11:19:37-04

TUCSON, Ariz.-- It's a vote that could change the way Tucson police enforce federal immigration policy.

If Proposition 205 passes, the Tucson Police Department cannot ask someone about their immigration status and cannot use a person's race or language as reason to ask about their immigration status. Also, if the citizen initiative is passed, Tucson will be declared a sanctuary city.

Now, Proposition 205 has become more than just a debate over Tucson's sanctuary city status, as someone has defaced a mural in support of the initiative.

On the mural you can see many vandalized areas. Among them, the word “sanctuary” is scratched out and “Trump” is written over it to replace the word.

With the election just a couple of weeks away, tensions and ads, both for and against the proposition, are on the rise.

Alessandra Navidad, an Executive Director for the ACLU, told KGUN9 the organization “has spent $50,000 in radio ads, $30,000 on digital, and $25,000 in mail.”

That's at least $105,000 spent for advertising in favor of Proposition 205.

Arizonans for Public Safety, a Political Action Committee, has spent at least $158,000 in ads opposing the proposition according to campaign finance reports filed with the city.

However, despite the opposition, ACLU says it will continue bringing awareness to Proposition 205.

“If passed, it would help protect Tucsonans and really sort of send a message that Tucson is not going to be supporting Trump's pipeline deportation efforts,” Navidad said.

Three Republican state lawmakers have already said they will prepare legislation to battle attempts to create sanctuary cities.

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