PHOENIX — Republican Arizona lawmakers are again making a foray into illegal immigration, with a Senate committee advancing a measure Monday barring judges from giving sentencing breaks to immigrants in the country illegally and making them ineligible for parole.
Republican Sen. Steve Smith sponsored a similar bill last year that requiring judges to sentence people to the presumptive term in jail or prison when they have already violated immigration laws. This year’s bill omits misdemeanor crimes and only applies to felonies.
Testifying before the committee Monday were the parents of two men killed by immigrants. Both urged the committee to adopt “Grant’s Law.” The name comes from Grant Ronnebeck, a Mesa retail clerk killed by a person in the country illegally. The man had been sentenced to probation for two burglaries and turned over the federal officials, who let him out on bond pending deportation proceedings.