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  • Governor Katie Hobbs vetoes HB-2843.
  • The controversial law legalized shooting migrants.
  • What will happen to immigrants in Arizona?

GOOD NEWS FOR MIGRANTS! Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs has vetoed a controversial new law.

This comes during the trial of a rancher accused of murder for shooting a migrant, which has caused an uproar in the state.

Despite Republican arguments about border security, Hobbs has recently vetoed several anti-immigrant initiatives.

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Governor Katie Hobbs vetoes HB-2843 in Arizona

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On Tuesday, Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed ranchers to shoot migrants crossing their land on the border with Mexico.

«The legislation as written values property over human life and incentivizes vigilantism,» Hobbs said in a statement, according to EFE.

The Democratic governor indicated that HB-2843 does not address the migration crisis at the border in any way, but does encourage the presence of civilian militias.

In her view, this legislation altered state self-defense laws and allowed the unnecessary use of lethal force.

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This veto comes amidst the trial of rancher George Allan Kelly, 75.

He faces second-degree murder charges for shooting and killing a Mexican migrant who was crossing his property near the border town of Nogales in 2023.

The bill, pushed by Republicans in the state legislature, would allow ranchers whose property is on the border with Mexico, to shoot at migrants.

The ranchers would not face criminal charges for killing migrants trespassing on their land.

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«This proposal would alter traditional laws on self-defense to allow the unnecessary use of deadly force and further embolden a culture of armed vigilantism and violence with impunity,» the governor emphasized.

Republican lawmakers insisted that HB-2843 law is necessary due to the increase in the flow of migrants and drugs across the border, which they say endangers the lives of ranchers.

This is just one of several anti-immigrant laws that Hobbs has vetoed in recent weeks, according to EFE.

Because of this, Republican legislators are now pushing a measure that would expand the use of the federal E-Verify program, which verifies the immigration status of job applicants and public benefit recipients in the state.

What is HB-2843?

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This bill, which originated in the state House of Representatives, proposes modifications to the well-known Castle Doctrine.

That allows Arizona residents to use lethal force in the event of a home invasion.

The Castle Doctrine was originally designed to protect private property and the safety of homeowners.

However, the proposed bill introduces a controversial element by extending this right to situations where a person is simply on another person’s land but nowhere near their residence.

What comes next after Governor Hobbs’ veto?

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Ultimately, Governor Hobbs’ veto of HB-2843 reflects an attempt to balance border security with respect for the human rights.

We must respect the dignity of all individuals regardless of their immigration status .

At a time when immigration remains a polarizing issue in American politics, Arizona is at the center of a national debate.

Lawmakers are attempting to determine how to effectively and humanely address the challenges and opportunities posed by cross-border migration.

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