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NEWS RELEASE

Office of Communications Majority Party


ARIZONA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
1700 West Washington Phoenix, Arizona 85007-2844
PHONE: (602) 926-3233 FAX: (602) 417-3043



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPEAKER DEEPLY DISTURBED BY SYSTEMATIC TRANSFER OF
HUNDREDS OF IMMIGRANTS

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (June. 3, 2014) Speaker of the House Andy Tobin said he was
deeply disturbed when he learned that the Obama administration transferred hundreds of immigrants,
including many women and children who were in the country illegally, from Texas to Arizona without
even the basic necessities to cope during Arizonas hottest time of year.

Tobin strongly supports Governor Brewers demand for answers as outlined in her letter to President
Barack Obama dated June 2, 2014, see attached statement from Governor Brewer.
According to recent media reports, the Department of Homeland Security transported hundreds of
immigrants in the country illegally, including many women with children as well as unaccompanied
juveniles, from Texas to Arizona and abandoned them at Arizona bus stations without even bottles of
water. DHS failed to notify Governor Brewer or a single Arizona public safety official of the plan,
according to Governor Brewer.
This action demonstrates the administrations unwillingness to work with Arizona as well as its disregard
for the well-being of these individuals. Not only did DHS fail to consider the extreme heat in Arizona, but
by not bringing them to a proper facility, it made these individuals open targets for human traffickers and
organized criminals.
The Governor and the Legislature have worked for years to combat the criminal elements that prey on a
dysfunctional immigration system. This recent action by the Obama Administration only exacerbates the
problem that Arizonans must confront each day and brings unnecessary suffering to those involved.
CONTACT:
Christopher Leone
602-926-3233
cleone@azleg.gov
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