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Pima County Republican Party challenges sanctuary city initiative

Posted at 10:18 AM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-12 13:18:17-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Pima County Republican Party plans to challenge recent efforts to make Tucson a sanctuary city.

The new initiative required more than 9,000 signatures to be submitted earlier this month in order to be on the November 2019 ballot.

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According to a press release, Republicans want the minimum number of petition signatures required to increase from 9,241 to 12,400.

"Tucson Families Free and Together submitted approximately 18 thousand signatures in early July. In addition, Pima County Republicans believe approximately 40 percent of the signatures submitted are either invalid or fraudulent," the group said.

The Pima County Republican Party says if the signatures are found to be invalid, it may prevent a change to the city charter and result in loss of state and federal funds.