Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce is one of the authors of Senate Bill 1070. The basic message here is “Rejoice! We won!” Article is from Human Events.
The Obama Administration and their allies in the media are celebrating Clinton judicial appointee Susan Bolton’s temporary injunction against Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070.
I sure hope she gets that 9th Circuit Court appointment—she has earned it. The New York Times called the ruling “Warning to Other States.” Some patriots are becoming discouraged.
In reality, SB 1070 is a warning to illegal aliens and their allies in the federal government to respect our laws. Americans have reason to celebrate.
As of July 29, sanctuary and “catch & release” policies in this state are illegal under state law. Citizens can sue the government for failure to enforce laws and that will be up to $5,000 per day for any policy that restricts or limits the enforcement of federal statutes to the full extent permitted by law. State officials are required to report illegal aliens. There are increased penalties for hiring illegal day laborers.
SB 1070 is already working. CNN reported that even though SB 1070 “now heads for higher courts … some of the estimated 500,000 undocumented immigrants in Arizona are leaving the state.”
Judge Bolton’s temporary injunction against parts of the law is minor setback, but Arizona will fight this in court until we prevail just as we did when a judge issued an injunction against Proposition 200.
The citizens of the United States are standing with Arizona. According to a July 19 Quinnipiac University Poll, Americans oppose the Justice Department’s lawsuit against SB 1070 by a margin of over 2-1 and in another national poll support SB1070 by 66%, again by over 2 to 1.
Most Americans know that illegal immigrants are, well, illegal. Barack Obama does not.
The basis of the Justice Department’s complaint is not that SB 1070 interferes with federal immigration law, but rather that it interferes with the Obama Administration’s “discretion in enforcing the provisions of the federal immigration laws”—that means his priorities of non-enforcement over ours of enforcement.
This discretion means they only will go after illegal aliens who are also “engaged in or suspected of terrorism or espionage; aliens convicted of crimes, with a particular emphasis on violent criminals, felons, and repeat offenders; certain gang members; aliens subject to outstanding criminal warrants; and fugitive aliens, especially those with criminal records.” He means they must commit another crime and have another victim before they will do anything and then only maybe.
What is another homicide, molestation, home invasion, kidnapping, a job taken from an American bread winner to getting those future votes or the cheap labor that profits over patriotism crowd is demanding.
All this while the Mexican drug wars are flooding across the border into Arizona with home invasions and kidnappings becoming commonplace. Phoenix is the kidnapping capital of America and 15 police officers have been shot or maimed by illegal aliens in Phoenix alone. During the debate over SB 1070, my friend and fifth-generation Arizona rancher Rob Krentz was murdered by illegal alien drug dealers.
Days after the law passed, a police officer was shot by other illegal alien drug smugglers. I have a son who is a deputy sheriff who was shot and critically wounded while serving homicide warrants on illegal alien suspects.
Illegal immigration also strains the economy of Arizona. The non-partisan Federation for American Immigration Reform recently released a study that found illegal aliens cost Arizona taxpayers $2.6 billion a year. Before Arizona passed the Legal Arizona Workers Act to keep employers from hiring illegal aliens, 9.8% of our workforce was illegal.
Arizona’s stand against illegal immigration is not just about states’ rights, it’s about a state’s responsibility.
When I assumed office, I put my hand on the Bible and solemnly swore to “support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and defend them against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
SB 1070 is the law of the State of Arizona.
Article IV Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states: “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion.” The flood of illegal aliens—many of whom are terrorists, violent drug dealers, and gang members—is nothing short of an invasion. I swore to protect the Constitution as the Founders intended it, not the political agenda of a left-wing activist judge and administration.
By siding with lawbreakers and undermining the Democratic will of the American people, I’m tempted to call the Obama and his lackeys domestic enemies. At the very least he is more concerned about what America’s enemies think about SB 1070 than the American people. Obama’s deputy secretary of State issued an affidavit against SB 1070. Among his justifications was Venezuela’s outrageous accusation that the law “could lead to the legitimization of racist attitudes and the latent risk of violence.”
That’s right, Obama’s State Department is using slander by anti-American Socialist dictators like Hugo Chavez as an excuse to overturn the democratic process in Arizona.
I do not take my oath of office lightly. It is my duty as a public servant and an American citizen to ensure that SB 1070 is enacted and enforced. The people of Arizona will not rest until this happens.
State Senator Russell Pearce represents Arizona’s 18th Legislative District.