Russell Pearce

This is not the first time that the Obama administration has gone after Sheriff Joe. Last year, the Department of Homeland Security revoked most of his 287(g) powers. The truth is though that he does not need no ‘stinkin’ 287(g). Section 287(g) merely grants post-arrest authority, not the authority to make an arrest.

Congress has firmly established that there is a significant public interest in the effective enforcement of immigration law. Congress could have chosen to limit local enforcement pursuant to its plenary power over immigration, but it has not done so. In the absence of a limitation on local enforcement powers, the states are bound by the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution to enforce violations of the federal immigration laws.

States do not need a 287(g), IGA, MOU or a permission slip to arrest illegal aliens. They have inherent authority to enforce all immigration laws.

Americans need to wake up! Obama’s assault on SB 1070 and Sheriff Joe has absolutely nothing to do with the constitution, civil rights, or even the relationship between federal vs. state authority on immigration.

It is about Obama’s refusal to enforce our immigration laws. He won’t let the federal government enforce the law. And if a state tries to pick up their slack and protect its citizens, he sues them.

This is the Obama’s Civil Rights Division of 145 million dollars and 399 attorneys attacking Arizona and its citizens. This is a battle of epic proportions. They have the support of highly funded left wing open borders legal advocacy groups like the ACLU and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund. Bring it on!!

I have news for Obama. The people of Arizona are stronger in their resolve than ever. The more he attacks Arizona, the more the rest of the country stands by us. We will fight him up to the Supreme Court if necessary, and we will win.

Patriotic Americans from across the country have donated millions of dollars to both Sheriff Joe and to the SB 1070 defense fund.

No matter how many lawyers and lawsuits Obama throws at Arizona, we will have the American People and the Constitution on our side.


Russell Pearce

Russell Pearce served as President of the Arizona State Senate where he authored SB 1070. He is currently president of Ban Amnesty Now.


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