Pearce responds to Tribune’s criticism re giving illegal aliens benefits

Our Nation Depends On It
by State Senator Russell Pearce

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!   As author of Proposition 200; “Arizona Taxpayers and Citizens Protection Act,” that passed by over 1 million voters in 2004. It was intended to do three things.

(Thanks to Attorney General Goddard and Former Governor Napolitano the 3rd provision was not implemented.  It was a back door veto of the people’s vote.)

Proof of citizenship to register to vote: The U.S. Constitution established more than 200 years ago that only citizens may vote. The initiative requires everyone equally to prove that eligibility as does Title 7, Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution.  Thanks to Proposition 200, ACORN’s efforts of voter fraud were thwarted here in Arizona.

Photo I.D. When voting: Photo I.D. Is required to cash a check, apply for welfare, sign a lease, or get a rental card at a video store.

Proof of eligibility to receive non-federal mandated public benefits: The initiative would require everyone to provide proof of eligibility equally. The Urban Institute studied this extensively in 1994, the University of Arizona in 2001, and estimated such costs to vary widely in the tens of millions of dollars.

To make matters worse, we have a financial crisis in Arizona and are cutting services to citizens and yet the cities are demanding that illegal aliens receive taxpayer benefits.

There is currently a battle raging in this country that will determine whether our nation enforces its immigration laws and secures its borders or becomes victim of its enemies.  We are a Nation built upon the “Rule of Law” and either we stand up for the principles that our Founding Fathers gave us to ensure lasting Liberty, enshrined in a Constitution that protects those liberties or we destroy all that is sacred and the end result will be a nation who commits suicide.  Illegal immigration is the Trojan Horse and we must secure our borders and enforces our laws.

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”.  This prophetic speech in that Henry was warning his countrymen that if they were not prepared to fight for their liberty, the only alternative was to live in “chains and slavery.”


AHCCCS has exploded to $5 billion annually, more people enrolled in AHCCCS than in K through 12!!!  Hospitals in trouble financially (in 2003, 77 border hospitals filed bankruptcy), crime impact (majority of violent crime involves illegal aliens), neighborhoods in trouble, drug trafficking, home invasions, our election process violated, and I can go on.

We must have responsible policies to protect our citizens.  That is our job.  The average taxpayer bears the burden of our bloated welfare system.  It jeopardizes the integrity of our elections.  Our number one responsibility is to protect the rights and liberties of the Citizens of this great Republic.

As long as we have a welfare state, in consideration of the fact of Federal abdication of their responsibility to protect our borders, we (Arizona) must necessarily resort to ‘self-help’, and let the shirkers and the cowards be darned.

We are a nation of immigrants, but immigrants originally settled every nation in the world; this cliché confuses facts with wisdom.  When the Statue of Liberty was erected in 1886, there were less than 65 million Americans.  We did not have the Bloated Welfare system we have today.  We did not have those coming to America demanding “free” stuff as we do today.  We did not have “Public” education at a huge cost to taxpayers that we have today.

It is said that immigration is important because there are “jobs that Americans won’t do.”  This probably never was true, but this cliché has now become a job-destroying and wage-lowering philosophy where employers use both unskilled and “increasingly) skilled immigrants to hold down wages and obtain cheap labor at the expense of American workers and the “left” benefits from the increased political base by luring them here and allowing/encouraging them to get addicted to government programs.

Why should “Illegal Aliens” have the right to “Free” taxpayer/citizen benefits?

Impact of Illegal Immigration:

Illegal immigrants cost American taxpayers $68 Billion annually in federal programs in 2002. Studies estimate that amnesty would increase that three fold.

$311 Billion in uncollected taxes (Barron’s study)

$200 Billion annually in lost American wages. Native-born American men lost an average of $1700 in wages in 2000 due to US immigration policy (Harvard University)

FAIR study (Federation for American Immigration Reform):
This is the 6th largest population of illegals in the country and 222% higher than the 1990 figure and according to Time Magazine (not a conservative publication) over 3 million will cross illegally through the Arizona border this next year alone!!!

Arizona hospitals spend $150 annually on illegals’ care. Some rural hospitals have had to downscale or close (2003 77 border hospitals filed for bankruptcy)

Health department in Cochise spends 1/3 of its budget on care for illegals

Maricopa County Hospital loses over $2 million weekly on uncompensated care (largely due to illegal aliens).

Feds owe $25 million in uncompensated SCAAP costs just in Maricopa County, (1/3 of our federal prisons are illegal aliens)

Arizona spends $1 billion annually to educate illegal immigrant students

Over half of all AHCCCS births are from illegal mothers 1/3 of children in Arizona have immigrant parents

Other problems include: congested freeways, damage to environment from trash and unwanted trails, crowded housing, crime and poverty.

By some estimates 60% to 80% of the violent crime in Arizona is involving illegal aliens; i.e. Homicides, drug trafficking, home invasions, car jackings, gang activity, etc.

The Zogby, Roper, Lou Dobbs and Pew polls show over 80% of Americans do not want amnesty given to illegals.  They want enforcement.


This year, over three million illegal aliens crossed over our borders against the laws set forth in our Constitution and Federal immigration mandates. These laws are specific. They demand arrest and deportation for anyone within the United States of America without lawful entry. For anyone hiring an illegal alien, these laws provide fines of $10,000.00 per illegal hired and up to five years in prison.

Additionally, our elected officials from mayors to our President work against American citizens in what history will report as the single greatest “invasion-without-guns” takeover of a nation in history. “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion.” Article IV Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution.

The Law:

“A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he: assists an illegal alien she/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment, or encourages that illegal alien to remain in the U.S. by referring him or her to an employer or by acting as employer or agent for an employer in any way, or knowingly assists illegal aliens due to personal convictions.” Federal Law- Section 8 USC 1324. If you suffered a horde of people overrunning your home or community, you would call the cops and have them arrested. Not so with illegal aliens! By lack of law enforcement, illegals recognize the open invitation to illegal entry. The benefits of lawbreaking exceed their wildest dreams.

Undocumented Immigrant is a euphemism that suggests the problem with immigrants is the lack of documentation. ACTUALLY, they are citizenship-deficient; in the same way that a residential burglar is key deficit.



    The open border movement has started a drive to get those who approve of another disastrous AMNESTY, to send postcards to Washington. Well anti-illegal immigration, pro-sovereignty and–NO–Comprehensive Immigration Reform can do-one-better? Opponents of AMNESTY should call their politician at 202-224-3121, or go there in person to their offices. SPELL OUT TO THE SCREENER OR AID, to take your name and phone number, stating decisively–NO AMNESTY. Then every American, black white, red or brown person, who see this as a treasonous portrayal of American and legal immigrant workers, should also buy a postcard and bombard your Senator or Representative. We can stop this travesty to our immigration laws, because under President Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Sen.Gutierrez D-IL, Sen.Harry Reid (D-NV), Speaker N. Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Diane Feinstein D-CA, and the rest of the cast of Un-American characters, will have us paying billions of dollars, to support the 20-30 million plus already here, and then the rolling uncountable numbers that will attack the border once the word is heard from Belize to China.

    Another Amnesty will just start a stampede, which all taxpayers will have to support. As the fence is now, the underfunded barrier will not stop the human deluge. It is a catastrophe waiting to happen and a matter of survival in America. A majority of tourists who overstay their tourist visa are illegal aliens. Neither crossing the border or overstaying tourist visas, is a violation against THE RULE OF LAW. Unlike other countries–entering America without permission is a minimal offense/’.This is thanks to globalists, business organizations that politicians have catered to for generations. If our laws–WERE ENFORCED–from the beginning, not weakened or dismantled by previous White House occupancy we would not have been–INVADED? NOW WRITE YOUR POSTCARDS AND REMEMBER TO PUT A STAMP ON IT. GOOGLE–your local and state policy makers or find their electoral address, email address and phone numbers. Even your local phone book has this information. THE OTHER SIDE THINKS WE DON’T HAVE THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE, TO STOP THIS CRAZY MOVE TOWARDS THIS ILL-CONCEIVED AMNESTY? THEY WILL SOON FIND OUT THAT THEY ARE–DEAD WRONG!

    We can derail the open border zealots, ACLU, Council of Foreign Relations, Catholic Church, and other congregational faiths and the business owners–NOT FORGETTING FOREIGN NATIONALS–AS WE CAN BEAT THEM AT THEIR OWN GAME? Want to save America from OVERPOPULATION, rising illegal immigrant crime, paying for all their education, health care and other unrevealed government ENTITLEMENTS? VOTE THE MORONS OUT! VOTE SEN. HARRY REID, JOHN McCAIN OUT NEXT YEAR Demand E-Verify as a permanent addition to 287 (g) local police restriction, ICE audits of piratical business. Demand E-Verify to eject illegal workers taking your jobs, so they will leave when unable to obtain a job. EVERYBODY IN THE WORKFORCE MUST BE IDENTIFIED–THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED FOR YEARS–AND NEW HIRES–EVERYBODY? OTHERWISE IT’S A GOOD EXCUSE FOR OPPONENTS TO FILE A DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST BUSINESSES WITH DEEP POCKETS. THAT WAY THE COMMUNIST (FOUNDER) ACLU WILL BE UNDERMINED BY THEIR RELENTLESS PURSUIT OF DESTROYING E-VERIFY, 287 G, ICE RAIDS AND OTHER ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES.

    This is a battle we must–WIN–against illegal immigration, but we must have an orderly flow of legal newcomers specially professional people in the highest pinnacle of Engineers, computers and other skills. We cannot, shouldn’t accept anymore poor people, when our nation has millions of mixed gender at the bottom rungs of the employment ladder living in poverty. NO AMNESTY, but amendments to the 1986 (IRCA) can achieve this goal, even though the American people are constantly lied to by those in power. Prior to any new laws all those potential immigrants waiting in other lands, already processed should be given first priority in receiving a work visa. While we spend billions of taxpayer dollars on the incessant wars, some of The People’s money should have been appropriated for the originally designed border fence, not the single-layer barrier that was underfunded, with no intention of stopping the rush of desperate humanity to satisfy the money-craving business community. Who is also behind pushing for BLANKET AMNESTY? George Soros! The far-left billionaire has donated big money to the ACLU, the New York Times, ACORN and open subversive border groups.

    NUMBERSUSA will show you the illegal immigrant costs, Sanctuary State policies and the enforcement gradings of those in Washington. CAPSWEB will explain irreversible population growth in California and nationwide. Other sites of interest on Immigration enforcement is ALIPAC and AMERICAN PATROL and THE DARK SIDE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. OH! DON’T FORGET THE 28 CENTS POSTCARD TO THOSE WHO THINK THEY CONTROL US.

  2. Hooray! I was on the Board of Director’s for Prop 200 and we were so thrilled that the Arizona citizens voted so overwhelmingly for that initiative…despite the massive money spent on ads that threatened that passage. The ads claimed that Prop 200 would cost lives of people hurt in accidents who would need to prove citizenship BEFORE being able to get first aid. If you remember that THEN YOU KNOW those ads had nothing to do with having a photo I.D. in order to vote! The last thing the opposition wanted was to stop the illegal coverage of illegal aliens and they managed to (as Sen. Pearce rightly claims) have subverted the law purposefully! It seems to me that ex Governor Napolitano, legal whiz that she is, should have to pay for her crimes against the state.

  3. Perhaps you had best read it: 46-140.01 A. 1

    Clearly states the part about state benefits, which never came to pass as Russell has clearly stated. I recall the adversary ads claiming that we would have to show voter id to get a library book!

    I don’t understand the anger. Relax!

  4. Wow. Just wow. no wonder we keep losing.

    And 46-140 is a STATUTE. We added a SECTION to that statute. If we wanted to add it to more, it has to say it. IE:

    Add x language to 46-139, 46-138,46-137 OR we could have added a broad over-arching section to the constitution but NOOOO, Kathy wrote it that way, and thats what the voters passed.

  5. Upton Sinclair says

    thank you for standing up for real America. It is AN UTTER OUTRAGE that we are broke as a state and we continue to extend benefits not only to non-Arizonans, but NON AMERICANS.

  6. East Valley PC says

    Lay off the Catholic Church in your diatribe. You don’t want to drive away a solid bloc of fellow conservatives by pulling a move like that.

  7. You created some good points there. I did a search on the topic and discovered most men and women will agree together with your blog.

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