Russell Pearce’s SB 1070 costing Arizonan’s $1 Million to defend and more…

Judicial Watch Client Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce Asks Appellate Court to Reverse SB 1070 Injunction


Judicial Watch Files Brief on Behalf of SB 1070 Author in

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed a new brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit relating to the Obama administration’s legal challenge to Arizona’s new immigration law, SB 1070.  The court filing, on behalf of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce (the author of SB 1070), asks the appellate court to reverse the preliminary injunction granted in part by the lower court on July 28, 2010 and allow all of the provisions of the law to be enforced immediately.

According to the new brief:  “Even though the Arizona Legislature has done nothing more than enact a series of law enforcement provisions under its well-recognized police powers to protect its citizens from serious public safety concerns, the district court has denied Arizona law enforcement officers the opportunity to reasonably interpret and apply the provisions in a constitutionally valid manner.”

On July 28, 2010, pursuant to a lawsuit filed by the Obama administration, a federal court put a hold on four of SB 1070’s key provisions until such time as the court determines that they are constitutionally sound.  Judicial Watch addressed the legality of all four provisions in its appellant brief:

  • Section 2(B) [reasonable attempt to determine a person’s immigration status] “imposes no ‘new’ burden on lawfully present aliens because Arizona law enforcement officials have the discretion to inquire about a person’s immigration status regardless of Section 2(B).  Section 2(B) also does not place any undue burden on federal resources because Congress has mandated that the federal government respond to requests from state and local law enforcement officers about persons’ immigration status.”
  • Section 3 [willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document] “does not regulate the conditions under which a lawfully present alien may remain in the country.  Instead, Section 3 utilizes ordinary state police powers to create criminal penalties for the failure to comply with a federal registration scheme.”
  • Invoking Arizona’s broad authority to regulate employment under its police powers, Section 5 [unlawful employment of illegal aliens] “seeks to strengthen Arizona’s economy by protecting the state’s fiscal interests and lawfully resident labor force from the harmful effects resulting from the employment of unlawfully present aliens.”
  • Section 6 [warrantless arrest] “does not grant Arizona law enforcement officers the authority to determine whether an individual has committed a public offense that makes him removable.  Section 6 only authorizes Arizona law enforcement officers to make a warrantless arrest of an individual who has already been determined to have committed a public offense that makes him removable.”

State Senator Pearce issued the following statement on his new brief to defend SB 1070:

This ought to be a no-brainer for the courts.  I hope the appeals court allows our state to enforce the rule of law because the Obama administration doesn’t seem to care one whit for the safety of the citizens of Arizona.  SB 1070 simply reflects federal immigration law.  This Obama team doesn’t want immigration laws enforced – but that doesn’t mean that Arizona can’t take common sense steps to protect its own citizens.  This is the first time in the history of this Republic, that a sitting President has sided with a foreign government against our citizens and in fact sued them to prevent them from enforcing the laws of the land.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement today on the new push to defend SB 1070:

State Senator Pearce specifically crafted SB 1070 to be entirely consistent with federal law.  The district court jumped the gun by invalidating components of the law on a purely speculative basis.  It is shameful that the Obama administration has chosen to mount a legal assault against the State of Arizona for simply trying to protect its citizens.  It is little wonder that the situation at the border continues to deteriorate given the Obama administration’s unwillingness to secure the border and enforce the law.  We hope the appellate court respects the rule of law and allows SB 1070 to be put into full force.

On July 14, 2010, Judicial Watch filed a motion to intervene on behalf of State Senator Pearce in the Obama administration’s lawsuit challenging SB 1070.  On July 20, 2010, Judicial Watch filed a memorandum with the district court on behalf of State Senator Pearce opposing the Obama administration’s motion for a preliminary injunction.

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A Fireside on Immigration Lecture by Daryl Williams (MESA, AZ)

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A Fire Side on Immigration – By Daryl Williams


By Daryl M. Williams, Esq.


Lecture and discussion by a devout Mormon on Illegal Immigration

Mr. Williams is a conservative Republican. He is a member of the High Council of the Paradise Valley Arizona Stake. He has been a life-long Mormon, served in several bishoprics, on several High Councils, and in many other callings in the Church. His ancestors lived and are buried in Missouri, Nauvoo, and walked across the plains to Utah. He is a scriptorian.

This Fireside is not sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Date:  Friday, April 8, 2011

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Place:  243 South Mesa Drive, Mesa, AZ  ‎

Open to the Public.

For questions, please call DeeDee Blase at 480.200.3748.

“Mormons are particularly patriotic when it comes to the law. Indeed, much of the support for Arizona’s vitriol comes from Phoenix’s “east valley,” the Mesa/Gilbert area of the valley, which is heavily populated by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“the Church”).  One of the Articles of Faith of the Church says, ‘We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.’ The Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Art. 12.”

“Russell Pearce, the chief proponent of Arizona’s immigration laws is, like me, a Mormon. His views, however, do not reflect the official position of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the official name of the Mormon church. Indeed, Mr. Pearce’s views are inconsistent with the official position of his church.”

– Daryl Williams

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Recall Russell Pearce Update

Happy Friday everyone, and here’s looking forward to a fun filled, liberty inspired, and justice driven Spring Break!  The vast immigrant and individual rights communities, from what we’ve seen, are alive and of high spirits.  Demonstrations, actions, and calls for civic engagement all around the state are shaping up to be tremendously successful, including outreach in greater Mesa and LD 18.

Members of Arizonans For Better Government first met during the early 2010 campaign season and got to know the vibrant and diverse Mesa community while we worked on the campaign to replace him with a fiscally responsible, individual liberty-minded, vehemently anti-SB 1070 oponent.  Though we were unsuccessful with Andrea Garcia’s campaign, the outcry from the Mesa community against, specifically, the Pearce-minded Republicans was not lost on any of us.  As a strong network of community activists from diverse political backgrounds, we came together again at the dawn of 2011’s legislative session, vigilant and ready to begin anew as talk of attacks on our Constitution became stronger in the Pearce-led State Senate. As you all know, we officially started our efforts to recall Senate President Russell Pearce.  Subsequently, another group filed a recall a couple of days afterward.

The vast scope of our efforts both as a coalition and within the greater immigrant, Latino, and individual rights movements has been tremendous thus far and we look forward with optimism to further successes.  The principles for which we stand are solid, and thus our message continues to be well received within the Libertarian movement which values government restraint, the Progressive movement whose tenants speak to social justice, and the Conservative movement which supports traditional social values.  We’ve been canvassing, for a second time, the communities we got to know so well during the last election cycle in Mesa and are encouraged by support from businesses and church leaders.

The biggest win with regard to our efforts is getting a special supporter who is a devout member and a member of the high council of the Mormon Church.  We have scheduled lectures that will be specifically aimed to members of the LDS community as well as the business community.  We look forward to groups that hold up to 300 at a time.  We know that Mesa has a Mormon stronghold, and in order for us to have an overall effective campaign, we must win over the Mormon community.  It is imperative for them to know that Russell Pearce (a member of the LDS community) refuses to listen to the Mormon Prophet, and he refused to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

In the current political climate, it’s unfortunate that traditional, non-grassroots campaign philosophy relies so heavily on financial support to give voice to the oppressed and concerned members of our Arizona community.  As a grassroots effort, we’ve had tremendous success through continued dialogue with community leaders, on the ground canvassing in Mesa, and volunteer support.  There’s been an outpouring of support for and interest in both our recall effort and the one launched by Citizens For A Better Arizona the following week.  Naturally, economic needs are paramount in these tough economic times, and unlike the second recall effort, we’re not in a position to court the activist community’s volunteers with the incentive of financial reward, either per hour or per signature.  We’re all fighting for the same goals, the center of which is recalling Pearce, and Arizonans For Better Government understands the principles Free Market Economics.  There’s no need for competitiveness and redundancy in efforts, and so at this time we encourage volunteer circulators to accept the generous offer by Citizens For A Better Arizona to earn compensation for their work and thus strengthen a single recall effort.

With the ever growing legislative assault on individual liberty, immigrant rights, and the US Constitution in our state government, the best strategy is one of cohesive teamwork and complementary efforts.  We continue to stand by our original goal of recalling Russell Pearce and the broader efforts of combating xenophobia and assaults on individual rights in our state.  We look forward to joining together in unity to further bring enlightenment and encourage civic engagement in this continuing effort.  This includes continued communication with and promotion of local, state, and national reporters and bloggers to keep elected officials accountable regardless of party affiliation.  Additionally, we’re working with the Arizona Libertarian Party and look forward to seeing their series of position statements on the overlap between individual liberties and immigrant rights and on the fallacies of the Pearce Republicans’ claims of libertarian compatibility with overreaching laws.  Further, we look forward to keeping everyone abreast of truly progressive Democratic and Green Party individuals’ continued outreach in this fight.  We’ll be bringing you more information on Somos Republicans’ Twelve Point Immigration Plan and the dialogue it continues to foster nation-wide.

Also, mindful of the ever Mormon Community in the East Valley and Greater Arizona, we’re working with Somos Republicans to appeal to the LDS community’s unwaivering patriotic support of our Constitution.  Russell Pearce has violated two principles that Mormons hold near and dear to their hearts: 1)  What the Mormon Prophet says, and 2) Upholding our Constitution.

Somos Republicans recognize the powerful stronghold the Mormon Community has in Mesa, Arizona.  To fully win the recall efforts, the change in Mesa will have to be from within the LDS community.  This is the time for Mesa’s Mormon leaders to change the image Russell Pearce has helped to destroy.  It will take the courageous and bold steps of LDS members to follow Utah’s lead and what the Mormon prophet has embraced.  The Mormon prophet has embraced the Utah Compact and the healthy discussion of immigration — Russell Pearce has not.  We have schedule a series of lectures titled “A Fire Side on Immigration”.  We want to be a strong catalyst to remind the Mesa community to follow in the footsteps of the Mormon Prophet.  Without the LDS community support of our efforts, our Recall of Russell Pearce will ultimately fail.  Building upon the connections within the LDS community we’ve made so far, we look forward to our series of Fireside Lectures by a prominent Mormon Community Member and anticipate positive reception.

Perhaps the best outcome after successfully completing this recall signature drive would be for these dialogues to inspire a brave, patriotic, and virtuous Mormon to heed the call for a new conservative leader in LD 18 to fill the shoes of an oft disappointing Russell Pearce in representing the Mesa Community.

The Immigrant Justice and Individual Rights movements are vibrant and headed towards many a victory and we look forward to working together cohesively to accomplish important goals including the successful recall of Senate President Russell Pearce.  Everyone brings something unique to this fight and we look forward to experiencing everyone’s continued positive contributions of hard work, passion, and cooperation.

Most Sincerely with Liberty and Justice For All,

Arizonans For Better Government

DeeDee Blase, Chairwoman

Halina Reed, Treasurer

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Registering more Hispanic Voters in Mesa, they sign the Recall Russell Pearce petition!

Hispanic voters are mobilizing.  We are registering more and more Hispanic new voters each day.  Some register as Democrats and Independents, and only a few register as Republican because they ask us what Party Brewer and Pearce are affiliated with, and when we tell them Republican, they crinkle their noses and tell us they can’t register as Republican.

See what SB 1070 has done to Arizona?  See what the 14th amendment changes are doing to our state?  It’s stirring people up because they see an Arizona State Senator shredding our Constitution. We had a successful signature petition drive in Mesa today. Some of us were sunburned from standing in the sun all day, but it’s worth it.

Since it is President’s Day, I will leave you with this quote:

Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.  George Washington


Young Activists Against Russell Pearce


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Petition Drive to Collect Signatures in Mesa, Arizona, to RECALL PEARCE


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The weather was bad on Citizenship Day, but the show went on!

We had a successful day at Pioneer park which is located across the street from the Mormon Mesa Temple.   However, we had horrible weather that day where the wind gusts were so strong that it blew the jumper Maria bought as an attraction for kids to be entertained at our Citizennship Day Event.

Luckily, Joe Penalosa rented a covered area that provided cover for us all.  We had hotdogs, drinks and chips, and several of us knocked on doors at apartment complexes and neighborhoods that stirred everyone to come to where we were.

Joe Penalosa gave free legal advice to legal permanent residents so that they can be citizens of the United States.  We registered only a few people to vote, but were able to collect Legislative District 18 signatures to recall Russell Pearce.  Luckily the rain did not start until about 1:30 pm when we finally had to pack up and go, but all in all, we believe the event was succcessful even though the weather eventually took a turn for the worse.

On a special note:  A few of us went to the corner of Pioneer park holding large banner to “Stop Russell Pearce”, and we received several thumbs up and honks from members of the Mormon Community who were visiting the Mesa Mormon Temple in Mesa, Arizona.

Sal the Clown at our Citizenship Day Event.


Immigration lawyer, Joe Penalosa giving free legal advice on Citizenship Day



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Recall Russell Pearce on Citizenship Day!

Arizonans For Better Government


The Mesa Community Citizenship Day





TIME:     10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.


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