PHOENIX — Opponents of Arizona’s hardline immigration enforcement law contend that emails sent, received and forwarded by a former legislator who championed the law support allegations it was racially motivated.
Dozens of emails are cited in a new legal effort by the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups to block police from enforcing the Arizona law’s so-called “show me your papers” provision recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The groups said the emails and other material reveal that ex-Sen. Russell Pearce and other supporters of the law known as SB1070 embraced discriminatory views and bent the truth about immigration-related matters, setting the stage for enactment of a law that the groups contend will lead to racial profiling if enforced.
Russell is the architect of Arizona’s immigration law.
The use of the emails in the court filing later Tuesday was reported Friday by The Arizona Republic.
In one article forwarded by Pearce from one of his email accounts to another in 2006, a commentator spoke of the United States “facing an overwhelming illegal alien invasion” in which Hispanic undocumented immigrants were “arrogantly corrupting our unifying national language while actively disrespecting our culture, society and country.”
A 2007 email sent from Pearce’s legislative email account to a personal Pearce account said unauthorized immigration of Spanish-speakers puts the country’s status as an English-speaking country at risk.
“It’s like importing leper colonies and hope we don’t catch leprosy,” the email stated. “It’s like importing thousands of Islamic jihadists and hope they adapt to the American dream.”
Pearce on Friday denied discriminatory intent in championing the law, telling The Associated Press that the civil rights groups falsely portray him as a racist and that the law includes protections against racial profiling.
and water is wet, this is news? That the Arizona immigration laws were racially motivated? -___-