Arizona Utility Commission Candidate Wants To Cut Power To Homes Of Undocumented Workers
Barry Wong, a Republican candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, the agency that makes decisions about utilities, would deprive illegal immigrants of power by first checking on the immigration status of customers. (h/t Think Progress)
“I’m sure there will be criticism about human-rights violations,” said Wong, who held a temporary spot on the five-person Commission in 2006. “Is power or natural gas or any type of utility we regulate, is that a right that people have? It is not a right. It is a service.
Cutting electricity, water, natural gas, even telephone lines at the homes of illegal immigrants, he said, would lower costs for the rest of the state’s customers. He believes the population spike caused by illegal immigrants forces the state to build new power plants and then raise rates for customers.
Besides how much it would cost utility companies to verify the immigration status of consumers, this is just a cruel, cold-hearted attempt to score political points.Click here for reuse options!
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