Russell Pearce: Major Victory for Arizona and the American Worker

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% 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. 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.




  1. Iris Lynch says

    I am not surprised that this law has been upheld. Russell Pearce is an accomplished lawmaker and does not frivolously write laws that are designed to be political statements and little else. He is feared by the opposition and this is why he is being personally attacked. If they are unable to get his thoughtful laws dismissed, they will do whatever they can to get rid of the man.

    It is vital to us Arizonans that we do all we can to see to it that the opposition cannot summarily dismiss a man like Russell, who has the heart and determination to fight these forces of evil. They are the ones who will never stop until they own TOTAL power over every breath you take. And, if they were successful in removing Russell Pearce from office, they would gleefully go on to the next lawmaker and the next, until we were left with no support whatsoever of our freedoms.

    • Arizona was correct all along. Title 8 Section 1324 US Code,aiding,abetting,encouraging,harboring,transporting and hiring illegals is a felony. States already have the right to question anyone’s legal statius under Title 8 Section 1644 US Code nothwithstanding any other provision of federal ,state or local law,no state or local government may be prohibted,or in any way restricted, from sending to or receiving from the Immigration Service information regarding the immigration status,lawful or unlawful,of an alien in the United States.

  2. Thank you Russell, we Americans no longer have any protection against the invaders and terrorist who cross our borders at will. Now the Legislators who say it is unconstitutional must rethink their votes such as John McComish and Nancy Pelosi Barto. Lets hope we can get them out and soon, we do not need Legislators who are constantly 2nd guessing our most trusted Senator Russell Pearce.

  3. Larry Brown says

    The common sense Supreme Court Decision upholding the Arizona E-Verify law is a humiliating body blow to Obama’s radical “open borders/amnesty” immigration policy. End the job magnet and you end massive illegal immigration that is destroying U.S. public schools, emergency rooms, and jails and prisons. With E-Verify in place illegal aliens by the millions will self-deport and Americans will have jobs and money in their pockets. Now the pressure is on Congress to pass a uniform mandatory E-Verify program for the entire nation. Bravo Supreme Court.

  4. Happier days are here again. I hate the term “knowingly.” that term should be eliminated.

  5. Does this mean that Arizona had to wait until now, for this ruling, in order to require employers to E Verify their employees? If that is the case, then Arizona employers will have to begin now as of this ruling to E Verify their employees, am I correct?

  6. As a New Yorker and an American I applaud the Senator for protecting Americans from illegials who are criminals. Breaking our laws is criminal so why do we allow it. More Americans have to stand up against illegial immigration which is bankrupting this country. Thank you Sentor for doing the right thing for your state.


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