UNIVISION NOTICIAS: Tying (the sponsor of the SB 1070 law) former Sen. Russell Pearce millstone to Mitt Romney.Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
We are witnessing the ‘multiple-choice’ Mitt Romney make moves to disassociate himself from Kris Kobach, but many in the Latino community believe it is too little and too late.
We live in the Information Age where Americans receive their news via youtube, internet and social networking. The Karl Rovian way is now an antiquated strategy and unfortunately for Romney — he has made too many damning statements when he decided to align himself with the likes of Pete Wilson and Kris Kobach. In fact, Pete Wilson helped in fundraising for Mitt Romney recently in San Diego, California.
According to the UNIVISION NOTICIAS:
But at the same time, Romney has essentially endorsed the philosophical underpinning of the Arizona law as his immigration strategy: attrition by enforcement or “self-deportation” as it’s better known. It’s the theory advocated by Romney’s on-again, off-again unpaid immigration adviser, Kris Kobach, who helped author the framework of the Arizona law.
“The answer is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home because they can’t find work here because they don’t have legal documentation to allow them to work here,” Romney said when asked at a January debate about what he would do with the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. “And so we’re not going to round people up.”
……… Former Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce (R), the ousted chief author of the SB 1070 law, will be in Washington one day before oral arguments begin to testify at a hearing on the law sponsored by Senate Democrats. Earlier this month, he provided fodder for Democrats when he commented on Romney’s position on his law.
“His immigration policy is identical to mine,” Pearce told the Washington Post. “Attrition by enforcement. It’s identical to mine – enforce the laws. We have good laws, just enforce them.”
Dee Dee Garcia Blase, an independent Latina activist who head the National Tequila Party movement, said that people like Pearce will act as a “millstone around Romney’s neck.”
“It’s a vote mover,” she said. “SB 1070 is going to wake up the Southwest.”CREDIT: ARIZONA GOP DEBATE CLIPS
Earlier today we heard New York Senator Chuck Schumer ask the former Arizona ousted State Senator Russell Pearce some piercing questions.
According to POLITICO:
“What does an illegal immigrant dress like?” Schumer asked Pearce.
In response, Pearce said that manual was developed in conjunction with federal immigration officials.
…….Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also traded jabs with Pearce over the DREAM Act, which would offer minors who meet certain requirements a pathway to citizenship.
“All of us have a heart and all of us have compassion,” Pearce said, calling the bill “blanket amnesty.” “But laws without consequences are no laws at all.”
Durbin responded: “Mr. Pearce, the DREAM Act is not a blanket amnesty.”
We are also hearing of news stories from our own Arizona Senator Jon Kyl who believes the immigration hearing is a ‘theater.’
We have one thing to say to the despicable sounding Senator Kyl …
Perhaps Sen. Kyl can call it “theater” to the many families who are being FORCED apart and jailed for working at a fast food restaurant while Sheriff Joe Arpaio mispends millions and millions of Arizona taxpayer dollars. Tell that to the many AMERICAN-BORN children who have been left behind in foster homes because their mommies and daddies have been deported.
Sen. Kyl is not helping the Republican Party win Latino votes with his heartless and uncaring comments.
Senator Kyl was not only a ‘no-show’ to the SB 1070 hearing … the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Senator John McCain were also ‘no-shows’. Pearce ended up looking like a lonely jackass even though several Republican lawmakers (including Senator Marco Rubio) were in support of Arizona’s SB 1070 draconian law. Senator Marco Rubio toed the Party line and had many things to say when we were being kicked down and out … but now he is nowhere to be found to testify in support of the Arizona law he said he was for during 2010.
Ah yes … it must be an election year. Of course, yet these sick and twisted politicians continue to play political football with immigration and the Latino community.
In response to one of Durbin’s examples, Pearce said there should be exceptions that allow some people a pathway to citizenship. But he said he opposes “blanket amnesty” that would be created by the DREAM Act.
Though Schumer was clearly opposed to SB1070, he lauded Pearce for being the only advocate of the bill to attend the hearing and took a swipe at Brewer, who declined his invitation and called the hearing a publicity stunt. Brewer is in Washington, D.C., and will attend Wednesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments on SB1070.
“He’s had his opportunity to make his case. Gov. Brewer wouldn’t come,” Schumer said. “We don’t agree. That’s obvious. But you’ve had the courage and integrity to come here and defend your views.”
Schumer chastised his Republican colleagues for not attending the hearing. Most of the subcommittee’s Democratic members didn’t attend either.
One subcommittee member, Republican Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, said the hearing was nothing more than “political theater” meant to sway the Supreme Court’s opinion.
After the hearing, Pearce said Kyl probably had a good reason for not attending, but said he would’ve liked to get a heads-up from the senator beforehand.
“This is his state,” Pearce said.