Russell Pearce, Arizona Immigration Law Author, Says Romney’s ‘Policy Is Identical to Mine’
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Mitt Romney’s tough stance on illegal immigration during the 2012 campaign has won him the support of an influential conservative voice on the issue — Russell Pearce, the former Arizona state Senate president and author of the state’s controversial anti-illegal immigration law.
In an interview Tuesday night after a tea party dinner in Gilbert, Ariz., Pearce - who, in part due to his authorship of the SB 1070 law, late last year became the first Arizona legislator to be ousted from office in a recall election - described the former Massachusetts governor’s stand on illegal immigration as the same as his own.
“His immigration policy is identical to mine,” Pearce said. “Attrition by enforcement. It’s identical to mine - enforce the laws. We have good laws, just enforce them.”
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R), who has played an instrumental role in authorizing illegal immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama and elsewhere, has served as a Romney adviser since the beginning of this year.
I think Romney was planning to do a little Etch-a-Sketching on that policy.