Russell Pearce

Russell Pearce is a Republican from Mesa and president of the Arizona Senate.

The U.S. Supreme Court has handed our great state a significant victory. It upheld our 2007 law penalizing businesses for knowingly hiring workers who are here illegally.

No longer will companies be able to ignore the rule of law and hire illegal aliens, shutting out legal Arizona workers. With the highest unemployment in a generation, we must do all we can to get Arizona back to work, and this ruling means those here legally will not have to compete with the illegal crowd. That is great news.

In 2007, I sponsored HB 2779, the "Fair and Legal Employment Act," because I knew something needed to be done to stop the profits-over-patriotism crowd. These companies ignored the law and hired illegals because it was cheap labor, but certainly not cheap to the Arizona taxpayer - in the cost of $2.6 billion to educate, medicate and incarcerate illegal aliens.

Now, with this Supreme Court ruling, the state has the clear right to require employers to verify work eligibility status of all new employees. The E-verify system puts the responsibility for verifying documents on the government, with 99.7 percent accuracy.

Now that our efforts have proven to not only be the right thing to do but to also be politically popular, you are seeing people who have fought us looking to claim credit. Then-Gov. Janet Napolitano did sign HB 2779, but that's not the whole story. She opposed this bill and just about every effort we made to crack down on illegal immigration, but the writing was on the wall. We were collecting thousands of signatures to put a tougher measure on the ballot. Napolitano had no choice but to sign this bill, to avoid that tougher law. All you have to do is look at her efforts as Secretary of Homeland Security to know that she believes in non-enforcement of our immigration laws.

The message is now clear to any business that is still considering hiring illegals. If you do so, you will face sanctions, and you could lose your license to operate. This is indeed a "death penalty" for those businesses that choose to hire those here illegally. Fewer illegals means more job openings for citizens looking for work. We are hoping to bring down the "help wanted" sign in our state.

Illegal aliens are getting the message that they are not welcome in Arizona. Tens of thousands of illegals have left the state since we began our efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. It is working, and our state's taxpayers are paying less for emergency care at our hospitals and paying less for education at our schools. Our efforts are making a difference, and we will keep up the fight, with attrition by enforcement.

So what does this new ruling mean for the fate of SB 1070? I'd say it looks good. In his majority ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the employer sanctions law "falls well within the confines of the authority Congress chose to leave to the states." That is at the heart of the fight over SB 1070, and Justice Roberts is making it clear a state has the right, and in fact the duty, to uphold and enforce federal laws. It is becoming pretty clear that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold SB 1070.

Russell Pearce is a Republican from Mesa and president of the Arizona Senate.


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Rich is ever under the false illusion that it's about race. Sad that he just doesn't have the grey matter to figure out that it just isn't so.

However, they say: "Hope springs eternal."


Don't even try using logic on them VofReason. It doesn't work. They'll use the one Latino out of a million might be profiled argument to death if they have to. Cops have a dozen different things to look for to determine legality and race doesn't even have to be one of them. Federal law says ALL non-US citizens MUST carry documents wherever they go that show they are in the country legally, but when AZ wanted the same law we are called Nazis? Maybe most Mexicans are good people but the reality of what is coming into AZ from Mexico also needs to be addressed. If their rights are being infringed upon then Mexicans are the ones who brought it to this. If they don't want this to happen then maybe Mexicans should respect our immigration laws and immigrate to the U.S legally like other Hispanics do. With over 400,000 illegals in AZ toppled with Narco drug traffickers from Mexico and illegal Mexican gangs that are all over AZ, what the hell is this state supposed to do? AZ is desperate for an answer and a solution.


Have you ever been asked for your Drivers License when you were pulled over in your car? Did you ever think to yourself, "I am being singled out". No and neither should anyone else, becuase it is the law to carry a Drivers License and to be asked to furnish one when pulled over. This is why all of this is silly.


Will businesses pay for the education of illegal alien children and the health care for illegal migrant and immigrant households??

The only incentive Utah will reap from a Guest worker program if permitted by the Department of Justice, will be equal to California and Nevada's massive deficits. Rep. Stephen Sandstrom version of Arizona's law is somewhat weak regarding hiring foreigners with no legal status? The federal E-Verify plan its continually being updated and although the Obama’s Czars in Washington won't admit, it works.

South Carolina is hopeful in bypassing the Obama DOJ blockade of most laws to stop jobs being taken by foreign nationals. South Carolina already has laws to restrict illegal voting in elections and have given companies the opportunity to use E-Verify. By pushing Obama out in 2012, the Tea Party will become the predominant power within the Republican Party, to serve the American people and not businesses. As promised E-Verify and Secure Communities will not be a whim of all businesses, but a mandated law that must be installed on every computer.

This deterrent has grown in popularity, that only greedy business owners take the risk of hiring cheap labor. Only suspending a business owner’s business license for two weeks, is not substantially going to stop companies hiring. Suspension of business license for six months is more appropriate and hurt monetarily, and everyone on the payroll should be audited; not just new job seekers? It is my personal judgment that all Drivers license databases, should be hooked-up national wide to ICE.

Millions of people are out of work in California, with low income Blacks, Hispanics, Whites and other persons plagued from the gigantic influx of illegal aliens. Reflect were all those taxes to subsidize illegal immigrants today could be highly beneficial, if it was spent on our own population; our Senior citizens, sick and mentally impaired. Education, for instance is forced on us, by a federal court that we must pay the schooling for every child of illegal immigrants. Then medical care that the courts say, that anybody who breaks the law to come here, is entitled to free treatment. Can any American citizen or green card holder envisage what this country was like thirty years ago, before the illegal immigrant invasion? How many hundreds of billions of dollars, perhaps even a Trillion in three decades could have been added to the US treasury? Fewer illegal aliens are inescapable to fewer taxes that support the huge mechanism that we have today?

The paradigm is California, that would have less congested cities and towns, rising crime activity, where there was room to breathe? Additional states will now follow the example of Arizona and those who don't, will be in the forefront of mass exodus from these rigid policing states. The Sanctuary State of California as with Nevada and Utah will become a place of refuge, where public service will expand.

The American populations lastly have their interests recognized, by the Supreme Court, asserting that Arizona's federal mandatory E-Verify were upheld. Today it’s a major achievement for the American workers and a mortal stroke to the US Chamber of Commerce and an challenge by the Department of Justice to shield illegal aliens in the workplace. This will strengthen ATTRITION BY ENFORCEMENT in every business and control penalties with businesses that don't conform. Has this been a premeditated failure of every administration to secure our borders or enact laws that would obstruct foreign national at the border, or a tracking system to expatriate visa overstays. E-Verify will eliminate this quandary of the issuance of a Secure Communities law, to enforce that every police department fingerprint and send those scans to ICE.


This illegal immigration triumph in the Supreme Court is a great launching platform, but it’s far from the end of this simmering problem. It is predictable that Arizona's SB 170 police law will be heard by the high court hopefully soon. Illegal immigration has been abandoned for so long by both political parties, we now have barely any recourse. Democrats are imploring for votes and up to now, Republican hard liners seeking cheap foreign labor for the job market. But this somber recession has displayed, with the accumulation loss of American jobs, the bailouts and corruption including Wikileaks disclosing a prime document of secret talks to merge commercially, unite currency with Canada, Mexico and United States. In conclusion the American public has finally arisen, to this overwhelming financial pandemic.

Another topic that many states see as a major threat to our constitutional rights is illegal aliens using the absentee ballot system to vote in elections. New York, Colorado, New Jersey, Texas is being investigated by state Attorney General commissions. Acorn is still a chief player and although dissolved on paper, is still implicated in the registration racket. There are occurrences in California and Nevada of exploitation of voter rolls.

From both parties are hundreds of thousands, tens of millions finding that the TEA PARTY, doesn't discriminate against race or religion. That these associates are dispirited by the Liberals, democrats and Republicans, that are not doing enough to stop the in-sourcing of illegal immigrants or outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries.

If you want less government, a fair Tax system, individual responsibility and returning federal excessive power to the states, join the Tea Party in your local area.

Tell your Federal, State or local lawmaker; unless they join the TEA PARTY, they will be out of office in 2012.
Contact them at Senate—202-224–3121/ House—202-225–3121.


Only a fool couldn't see this decision for what it truly means for America. This was a major setback for the Obummer administration and racist Latino groups that seek amnesty and open borders. Amnesty and the dream act can never be achieved with mandatory nationwide E-Verify in place. You can be sure congress will have to act on this before all the states enact the same law without the feds. I'm told the democrats are running scared now that the writing on the wall is legible enough for even the dumbest of the democrats to read. Except for maybe Dale and Bluboy. Not everyone is smart enough I guess, but they will be getting and education soon enough. The same one we just gave Obama.


Right now I don't think it really matters whether the supreme court allows sb1070 to be fully implemented or not. Right now we can keep illegal aliens from working in our state by threatening employers with the possibility of losing the right to do business in our state. Many other states will be following suit now that the supreme court has ruled it constitutional. That kinda makes sb1070 a moot point, so all you open border, pro illegal, dimwitted, dumbocrat libertards are kinda out of work so to speak. Oh you can rant and rave about how unfair it all is, but you can't do anything about it, and I'm guessing that is going to be sticking in your craw for some time to come. lol Feel free to call us all Nazi's and whatever else makes you feel good. lol Dale Whiting, Rich, Cerulean and others like you all have one identifiable trait among you in that you lost and we won. Now get over it and go find a real job, preferable in some other state if you don't mind. lol E-Verify will soon be the law of the land, and yes Dale, it is a great victory for working Americans throughout America.


Rich: There is plenty of desert south of the border and housing is cheap. Taxes are also low. Bye.

PS: I think you may have stretched the truth a bit so please elaborate on the businesses you own here and elsewhere. As to the businesses leaving, the ones that hire the illegals are usually, the landscaping companies, the restaurants, the pool building and remodeling companies and the sleazy contractors who would rather pay substandard wages for substandard work. They won't be moving anytime soon. :-)

I think that if you look in a mirror, you will find an ignorant, racist slob staring back at you for the record.

Dale: There are more ways to skin a cat. If SB 1070 or parts of it get overruled, and if we have other legislators with the ba*ls to do something, we learn from our mistakes and improve on what was struck down. Sadly, we have a lot of liberals who seem to miss the point that we have to have a rule of law to protect us from the invasion taking place and the Obama administration has too many political favors to pay back the Hispanic activists and labor unions.

Leon Ceniceros

Folks, isn't it a disgrace that these.......Pro-ILLEGAL ALIEN Amnesty....people (I won't dignify them by refering to them as.......Citizens...they don't deserve that acolade just because they were born here)...........are spewing their....ANTI-AMERICAN views on the MEMORIAL DAY WEEK-END.

All "AMERICANS" should be honoring the ultimate sacrifice that hundreds of thousands of Our Military Heroes have made since 1776..........not rolling around in the ..."gutter of Illegal Alien Amnesty politics".

KEEP YOUR ....ANTI-AMERICAN DISCUSSION ...........for another Time and Place.

Let us "Proud" Americans have just one week-end out of the year where we don't have to listen to your ..........Commie-Socialist, Globalist, "the World is a Village" Hippie .........GARBAGE.


Pearce said, “Janet Napolitano did sign HB 2779, but that's not the whole story. She opposed this bill and just about every effort we made to crack down on illegal immigration,”

HB 2779 passed the Supreme Court test, SB1070 will not. That is the difference between a bill that an intelligent governor will sign and one that a not so intelligent Russell Pearce would have her sign.

Dale Whiting


I have a hard time characterizing something which outcome was never in much doubt. Calling this a victory is just such a mischaracterization. But given your background working for Sheriff Joe, such publicity mischaracterizations are to be expected. Care to predict the outcome of SB1070? Keep it simple and uncomplicated! Will all aspects of SB1070 now being challenged be found unconstitutional? Will we get a split, some thrown out, others not? Or will your SB1070 be upheld? Double dare you to make this prognostication!


I'm sure there will be one or two businesses leaving AZ as a result, but what I was trying to point out to you was that your contention that there will be this mass exodus from AZ of business is not substantiated by the last decades figures that indicate that AZ is a profitable place to do business. Second only to TX. I know you dislike Pearce for his anti illegal immigration stance and his pushing anti illegal immigration laws through the senate, but to say he has shot himself in the foot over this very large win for states rights is totally incorrect and wishful thinking on your part. Expect many other states to adopt the same legislation soon. If the democrats in congress are smart, they will enact a national mandatory e-verify law. If not they will surely lose the US Senate in the next election and possibly the white house as well.


Have a house in Boulder Creek I rent to other people, Wouldn't live in California and I was born there. The concept is freedom. Mine was just compromised and AZ got my finger. MY BUSINESS, MY WAY. And AZ just got a lot less tax. I don't need Russell Pearce as my HR dept., thank you. I love the desert. this desert. beautiful, best place in the world to live, if I could enact the death penalty for all the racist, ignorant slobs you have to live with to live here.It would be heaven.



take a look at this article I found on job creation.

Texas has enjoyed an unequaled economic boom the past 10 years.
The inventory of private-sector jobs in Texas increased by 732,800 between April 2001 and the same month this year, according to an On Numbers analysis of new federal employment data.

The runners-up to Texas in private-sector growth were Arizona and Utah, which added 90,200 and 90,000 jobs respectively, during the decade from 2001 to 2011.

California is ranked last.



Two to Tokyo, one to London, two to Honolulu, the two to London may have not left yet, just dropped them off. Business has changed, Mr. Pearce is living behind the times. Hey, I get to support my family too, and when government interferes with that, too often you and not only them, are the victim. I own the business, I get to hire who I want to. And, if you don't like that? I'll only spend summers here. With the peons. BTW, the 'illegal alien' I moved was a Japanese IT guy, with a masters.


If we could get enforcement out to the golf courses in Mesa, we citizens would not have to put up with illegal Mexican nationals busting four rounds of 7.62 X 39 in front of our houses as a "message". Before you jump on ME, it happened to ME.


All those companies that want to leave AZ so they can continue to hire cheap illegal alien workers should go now. We don't want you here in our state. Perhaps they can relocate in Mexifornia where there are lots of cheap labor to exploit. You people who criticize Pearce should consider the human side of unemployed citizens instead of worrying about how you're going to afford to get you lawns manicured. Hey Pete, I wonder how many new businesses will spring up to take the place of all those illegal exploiting companies that move to Mexifornia. The only difference might be that the workers have rights as legal citizens, but that doesn't bother you does it? That these companies are exploiting the illegals who have no right to complain when they get forced overtime at straight time rate or get no unemployment insurance or vacation or health insurance that we the tax payers end up paying for. Sure, lets just let the slave owners keep exploiting these people so that our price for a hamburger at the local fast food place doesn't go up, and we can still afford to pay them to mow our lawns. Right on! Keep the slaves slaving!


It is easy to agree that companies should not knowingly hire those it is illegal to hire. If the E-verify system does work, and the government takes responsibility for its accuracy, protecting the employer who makes a good-faith effort at using it, case closed. What’s more to be said. But the self-aggrandizing, posturing Russell Pearce can never stop there.

The illegal employees are not the ones who cost $2.6 billion to educate, medicate and incarcerate. They do however displace some American workers and they should not be hired. That said, consider the fact that they are paying income taxes which provide services they aren’t in a position to use, they spend much of their money here, they contribute to education the same as any other employed, property renting resident and they contribute to social security and federal entitlement programs they will never collect from. Yes they do use the ER as a doctor but so will anyone else who is working at those low wage, minimum benefit jobs.

As for Pearce’s “It is working, and our state's taxpayers are paying less for emergency care at our hospitals and paying less for education at our schools,” we haven’t seen any relief in taxes, the cost of hospital care is still sky high and rising, and we still rank 50th out of 50 in education.


Rich and Pete, I think you're both wrong. With Arizona's diverse LEGAL skilled labor force and tax cut incentives for new businesses I believe Arizona will persevere. I have faith in my state and it's leaders.

Panama Pete

Hmmm...I wonder how many net jobs will be created when all these businesses decide to locate elsewhere rather than put up with the bureaucratic interference and blatant racism embodied in HB 2779, SB 1070 and the rest of Pearce's and the Roberts Court's Fascist agenda. Well, at least there won't be any of those slimy illegals competing for the jobs that won't be there.


Actually Mr. Pearce, the only victory here is for the entrepreneurs who export jobs. The decision just gave them another reason to export Arizona jobs. You have become an expert at shooting yourself in the foot, the only reason that isn't just funny is that the ricochet hits the rest of us.


Thank you Russell Pearce for standing up to the open borders critics. You are fighting the good fight and in the end America will win.

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