The state legislature has decided, by passing SB 1621, that Pima County shall not receive funding for fighting border crime. The wording of the law states that those localities in certain population brackets will receive x amount of funding. Instead of just saying ‘we don’t like you guys, so you don’t get nothing’, they made this long round-about way of excluding us. Pima County was excluded because
…any county with a population between [500,000] and 2 million "shall not receive any monies from the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement mission fund."This decision to have Pima segregated in this fashion was not unintentional.
"That was by design," Senate President Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, told Capitol Media Services. "The sheriff says he's not going to enforce the law. Why would I fund him?"Why should you fund ‘him’? Because punishing the rest of us because you don’t like Dupnik is petty and ridiculous. Technically, he does represent the population as he was voted into office (and has been kept there by voters since 1980), but it is still wrong to punish us in order to indirectly punish him.
Moreover, Pima County has the largest shared border with Mexico in the state of Arizona, and one of the largest in the country. At the same time Maricopa County, by any route possible, is separated from the Mexico border by no less than two counties. Dividing this specific funding this way is the same as allocating water to a zoo while depriving the aquarium.
At least in this case, it’s only a specific block of specific law enforcement funding that’s being withheld. It could be all of our transportation funding, or all of our law enforcement funding, or all of our education funding. Although, at this rate, that may just be the case sooner than you think.