The Senate Appropriations Committee passed SB1621, which among other things, funds a little item known as Gang and immigration intelligence team enforcement mission, once known under the acronym GITEM. The language takes great pains to make sure that the lion’s share of the money goes to Maricopa and Pinal Counties, with the rest distributed to other counties. There is, however, one odd exception. This is the proposed section 23, 41-1724, subsection E:
A county with a population of more than five hundred thousand persons but less than two million persons shall not receive any monies from the gang and immigration intelligence team enforcement mission fund.
For those of you that didn’t catch the news about the census this week, that would include a grand total of one county: Pima. Counties that are larger and smaller get the money. Funny how that one works out, eh?
The talk from railbirds is that Republican Senators, particularly Al Melvin and Russell Pearce, excluded Pima County because of their anger at Sheriff Clarence Dupnik for remarks he made after the January 8th shootings. Your little feat of pique is a fantastic reason to screw over the safety and security of a good chunk of your constituents, Al.
(By the way, the Republicans who put this forward haven’t seen fit to come up with any other explanation.)
Just to get this straight: these guys are mad that Dupnik called them hateful and vitriolic, so they come back by being vindictive and petty.