Who Sponsored SB 1070?

As I have argued in my previous post, I think it is important to know the people behind a piece of legislation to truly understand the real underpinning of a bill.

The sponsor of SB 1070 is Arizona state Senator Russell Pearce, a Republican, of Mesa, a city located in the East Valley, in Maricopa County, approximately 20 miles from Phoenix.  Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona with a population of about 450,000.

Before entering politics, Pearce was a professional lawman, who eventually reached the rank of Deputy Sheriff of the MCSO – that’s the acronym for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.  To this day, Pearce is good friends with the department and its present jefe, the infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Pearce is also oddly very friendly with people who have some rather hateful ideas, skinheads and Neo-Nazis and the like.  (Oh, that was not a typo, skinheads here in Maricopa County are actually celebrated by the MCSO — remember, they’re the cops.  Isn’t that a kick in the butt?)

Russell Pearce is also a very creative man, he can make up facts on the spot better than Bill O’Reilly.  During a State Senate committee hearing, he claimed, in support of his anti-immigrant agenda, that 69 murders had recently taken place in one day along our border.  Not everyone in Arizona is stupid, so Pearce was asked if any of those murders actually took place in Arizona.  Turns out, none of them occurred in Arizona and 69 was the number for the entire country of Mexico.

Pearce claimed that 67% of law enforcement officers that are killed in the line of duty are killed by illegal aliens.  Despite the fact that no law enforcement agency in the country keeps those numbers.  It’s not a statistical category.

Pearce claimed that 60% of the murders in the city of Phoenix “involved” illegal aliens.  Not according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Pearce cited the Atlanta Science Foundation as his source when he was questioned about his assertion that 10 sexual predators cross our border every day.  There is no such foundation.  He made it up.  It’s complete fiction.

I could go on and on.  And I probably will.  But in another post.

The bottom line here is, do we really want our immigration policies crafted by men like this?

Published in: on May 20, 2010 at 8:42 am  Leave a Comment  

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