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Enforce immigration law now!

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Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2009 4:51 pm | Updated: 12:40 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Rep. Russell Pearce: The Tribune again ignores the facts. Our citizens deserve better! The Tribune’s June 17 editorial talks about finding Mesa Police Chief George Gascón’s replacement, someone who can “dispel the myth that Mesa is a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.” But it is not a myth!

The Tribune again ignores the facts. Our citizens deserve better!

I sat ashen as I watched the news reports. Several chiefs of police, including Mesa’s George Gascón, stood at a press conference and publicly refused to enforce the law. Less than a month after the brutal murder of a police officer at the hands of an illegal immigrant, they snubbed the opportunity to make necessary changes and violated their oaths of office for the sake of political correctness. Meanwhile, citizens are killed, maimed and raped. Illegal immigrants cost citizens billions to educate, medicate and incarcerate, and they take jobs from Americans.

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The Tribune’s June 17 editorial talks about finding Gascón’s replacement, someone who can “dispel the myth that Mesa is a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.” But it is not a myth!

There are too many stories about the real victims of sanctuary policies to include in this column, the latest being a Chandler 2-year-old whose mother’s boyfriend threw her on a cement floor. She is dead. Mom’s boyfriend is here illegally.

Studies and reports have cited alarming statistics, as summarized by a U.S. House committee with a 2006 report called “A Line in the Sand”: Illegal immigrants kill 9,000 Americans a year — 25 each day, 12 by stabbings and shootings, and another 13 by drunken driving and related crimes. Also, independent researcher Deborah Schurman-Kauflin has claimed nearly 100 sex offenders cross the border daily.

Phoenix runs second in the world in kidnappings and third in the United States for violence. Arizona has become the home-invasion, carjacking and identity-theft capital of the nation. These are not statistics Arizona should be famous for.

Enough is enough. The laws must be enforced. We have good laws. What we don’t need is “comprehensive immigration reform,” which is code for amnesty and pushed by employers of illegals, while taxpayers and victims pay the price.

Stand together in support of safer neighborhoods and the rule of law. Enforcing our laws will bring less crime, lower taxes, smaller class sizes, shorter lines in our emergency rooms and fewer deaths, murders, maimings, drugs, home invasions, carjackings, kidnappings, jobs taken from Americans and reduced wages, as well as ultimately saving the taxpayers billions of dollars.

I held a special Senate Appropriations Committee hearing in May exposing the human and economic costs to taxpayers because of sanctuary cities across Arizona and America. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and police chiefs Gascón of Mesa and Jack Harris of Phoenix were willing to travel to Washington, D.C., to testify against law keepers and defend law breakers but did not attend my hearing to face Arizona senators and citizens who were shown the damage caused by illegal sanctuary policies.

All it takes is for officials to fully enforce federal immigration laws of the United States.

I will not stand by and be a spectator to the violence by an illegal immigrant because we refuse to enforce our laws and fail to put America and Americans first.

Citizens have a constitutional right to expect the protection of federal laws that prohibit unauthorized activities by noncitizens and are denied equal protection by law enforcement, police departments or magistrates when they fail to enforce those laws.

Legislation that I sponsored passed in the Senate and is currently being heard in the House. It makes being in this country illegally a state crime. I pledge to continue to work to eliminate all sanctuary policies in Arizona. The result will be less crime, lower taxes and a better America.

Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a former chief deputy of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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