Arizona lawmakers defeated a “big government” bill that, if signed into law, would have put undocumented immigrants, mostly children, back to where they came from, on Friday.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Michele Fiore (R-Ariz.) and Sen. David Grosso (R) would have effectively ended the “border security” program that President Donald Trump has promised to keep.
Fiore and Grosso introduced a bill that was scheduled for a vote on Wednesday but was pushed back by the Senate and was pulled from the floor.
Fiores office later released a statement saying the vote was “tough but necessary” and that it would help make sure Arizona continues to have a secure border.
“We can only win this fight by standing up for our families, our communities and our future,” Fiore said in a statement.
Grosso has been a leading voice in the fight against Trump’s proposed border wall.
The border wall proposal has received a great deal of criticism from conservatives and Democrats alike, but it was a major win for Democrats, as the House and Senate both voted against the bill.
The House approved the border wall bill by a wide margin.