Candidate Wants Utilities Shut Off for Illegal Immigrants
Updated: Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010, 6:17 PM MDT
Published : Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010, 2:03 PM MDT
PHOENIX - There have been a lot of ideas as to what to do with illegal immigrants, but one candidate's idea could put him in the dark.
Barry Wong, a Republican candidate running for the state's Corporation Commission, says that people living illegally in Arizona should have their power cut off.
The Corporation Commission is the panel that sets utility rates.
Wong wants state-regulated utilities to check the immigraton status of customers.
"If there's more and more of the illegal immigrants, the system may not be able to absorb or provide the power to everybody," says Wong.
He believes the additional demand for service by illegal aliens drives up the cost for all rate payers. He says if his policy is implemented, legal customers would save money on electricity.
Arizona Public Service says it's not sure how that policy would be implemented. Wong says he's not trying to turn power company employees into immigration agents, and he's not trying to get people arrested, he just wants their power cut off.
Critics say Wong's plan is dangerous and even inhumane, given the intensity of the Arizona summers.
If Wong is elected to the 5-member Corporation Commission, it will still take a majority vote for his idea to become reality.
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