Written by olivia | April 20, 2010
Arizona (ChattahBox) – A new bill passed in Arizona has come under fire from the rest of the country after it became clear that it would allow for open profiling and discriminatory practices for local police, making it the most stringent immigration policy in the U.S. But it is more than that that has shocked the masses.
The bill – which allows police to basically stop anyone who they “suspect may be an illegal alien” even if just by the color of their skin and ask them for papers proving citizenship – was written by the king of the Right-wing crazy brigade, Russel Pearce.
Don’t know who that is? Allow me to refresh your memory:
Pearce is chairman of the appropriations committee on the Senate, a position that puts him in charge of the funding for other senators legislation, a fact that hasn’t gotten past the notice of those criticizing the mass support in Arizona for this ridiculous bill.
In 2006, he came out speaking passionately about the 1950’s deportation act “Operation Wetback”, drawing fire from Latin American groups and sane citizens alike, and causing his own party to once again back away. In the email he sent talking about how beautiful this terrible time in American history was, he ‘inadvertently’ sent an attachment from a white supremacy group.
In 2007, he was photographed with a man who was known for speaking at Neo-Nazi rallies and conferences, though he once again denied having any knowledge of his leanings.
In 2008, he sponsored Senate Bill 1108, which would make it impossible for students at Universities to join groups based in whole or part because of their ethnicity, claiming it would indoctrinate people with anti-American slogans and mindsets.
In 2009, he became a regular feature at Tea Party conferences, such as the one the above photograph shows him attending.
And yet, despite this, politicians who were against this bill suddenly did a U-turn and came out in support at the last minute, such as Senator John McCain.