State Rep. Russell Pearce, author of Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, accused the Obama administration of waging a "jihad against Arizona" during a tea party appearance Sept. 15 in Ahwatukee Foothills.
About 90 people turned out for the monthly Ahwatukee TEA Party meeting at the city of Phoenix's Pecos Community Center, 17010 S 48th St. Pearce (R-Mesa), who received a standing ovation at the conclusion of his speech, denounced the U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuits against the state, meant to overturn SB 1070, as well as the Obama administration's decision to include Arizona's passage of the law in a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council as an example of domestic human rights abuses.
"What they have is a jihad against Arizona," Pearce said, adding that the administration's submission of Arizona to judgment by the UN panel - which includes nations such as Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China, Libya and Pakistan - could be construed as an impeachable offense.
"I believe it goes beyond malfeasance of office," Pearce said. "Who would have thought we would have a president who would side with a foreign government against Arizona?"
The federal government, he said, has failed to understand the impact the porous southern border has had on the state. Ranchers on the border have had their dogs' throats cut, had their water lines and tanks destroyed, and have had their cattle slaughtered by illegal immigrants, Pearce said. Border residents live in fear, boarding up their windows and doors at night against the voices they hear outside from people trespassing on their property, he added.
"They pray for daylight. They pray for the sun to come up," Pearce said.
The federal government has a constitutional obligation to keep the states safe from "foreign invasion," he said.
"The government has an obligation to follow the law and make sure it's administered properly and fairly. I for one am not going to apologize for demanding that my borders be secured and my laws enforced," Pearce continued. "They're obligated to protect your life, your liberty and your property. And if they don't, fire them."
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton's decision this summer to strike down several of the most controversial portions of SB 1070 eventually will be overturned, Pearce predicted.
"We will win at the Supreme Court with a 5-4 decision," he said. "When I wrote SB 1070, I knew I would be sued. They sue you on everything. I'm getting to know these ACLU guys by first name."
So far, the SB 1070 legal defense fund has received donations totaling $3.5 million, Pearce said. He dismissed Bolton's ruling that the law is unconstitutional because it usurps federal authority.
"States have the inherent power to enforce federal law, or further the intent," Pearce said.
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