Neely supported work center for illegals
Peggy Neely’s campaign signs are dotting the landscape as the former councilwoman makes her pitch for Mayor of Phoenix.
But Phoenix residents remember all too well when the jobs she was seeking to ensure were those of illegal laborers who had entered our country in violation of the law. The former District 2 councilwoman’s steadfast support of the Macehualli Day Labor Center and its radical activist founder, Salvador Reza, won Neely few friends outside of the illegal community.
This is the issue which most distinguishes Neely, who was first elected in 2002. The district she represented includes the drug and gang infested Palomino neighborhood — home to numerous illegal aliens who loitered in the parking lots of businesses, harassed customers and disrupted traffic while attempting to wave down potential employers. Her ardent support of Reza and her antagonism towards Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s effective illegal immigration sweeps — resulting in numerous arrests — brought only derision from Neely:
“His [Sheriff Arpaio’s] efforts have taken away from all of the positives that we have created,” said then-councilwoman Peggy Neely. “I’m afraid that if he keeps this up, someone is going to get hurt.”
In fact, the only entities harmed by Arpaio’s actions were the illegals and Salvador Reza’s Work Center, which was put up for sale after the $120,000 spent on it by the Phoenix City Council petered out.
The backlash was so great that opponents of Neely’s actions initiated a recall election against her and led to voters in 2004 overwhelmingly passing Proposition 200. The law bans illegal aliens from receiving some public benefits and requires voters to show proof of citizenship.
Neely’s claims of being the job candidate in the Phoenix mayor’s race are bogus — unless you’re here illegally. Then Peggy Neely is your candidate.