ThinkProgress filed this report from the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At a conference for Western Republicans in Las Vegas this week, GOP governors had varied reactions to Alabama’s radical anti-immigration law. Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ), who signed Arizona’s infamous SB17070 law, told ThinkProgress that she would like to implement the Alabama model, which goes further than her state by targeting school children and even making it illegal for undocumented immigrants to get water in their homes.
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV), however, said Alabama’s law would not be right for his state:
KEYES: What about Alabama’s immigration law?
SANDOVAL: That’s in litigation right now, so–
KEYES: Is that something you see as a model that Nevada might be able to use?
SANDOVAL: I don’t. I don’t.
KEYES: You don’t think it’d be appropriate?
SANDOVAL: I don’t see it as being a model.
Nevada and Arizona are both states with a large immigrant population. The two divergent policy positions between Brewer and Sandoval highlights the larger schism in the Republican Party in terms of immigration and the Hispanic population.
Despite a federal court blocking parts of the Alabama law for now, including the schools provision, hundreds of Hispanic children have refused to show up at school and many families are fleeing the state.