Tucson Voters Reject Sanctuary City Proposal

Tucson voters overwhelmingly voted against a measure to make Tucson a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants. The proposal, known as Proposition 205, would have put new restrictions on when police can inquire about immigration status or cooperate with federal law enforcement.

The mayor and city council, all of whom are Democrats were opposed to the measure, citing the probability that the city would lose Federal funding if the measure passed. According to the city’s website, 71% of voters opposed the measure.

Proposition 205 was designed to circumvent a state measure, SB1070, which was passed in 2010 by the Arizona Legislature. SB1070 prohibited Arizona cities from establishing sanctuary cities.