Ramona Tea’d to host author of Arizona SB1070 on Saturday
By Darrell Beck
Russell Pearce, a fifth-generation Arizonian, was born in 1947 into a large family that faced many hardships, moving frequently from one squalid rental to another.
The father, though a good man, was an alcoholic who had no steady job and so their mother, who Pearce called a saint, had to work at various jobs. She became the primary caretaker for the family and, despite facing poverty, his mother refused to accept any public assistance.
After completing high school, Pearce participated in a church missionary from 1967-69, always believing that God’s hand was responsible for the miracle of America. Then he joined the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and remained there from 1970-91, beginning as a deputy and finishing as a deputy chief, receiving many awards, including the Medal of Valor.
In March 1991, he left the Sheriff’s Office and was appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to establish the North Mesa Justice Court. In 1993, he returned to the Maricopa Sheriff’s Office to work with Sheriff Joe Arpaio and helped implement “Tent City” that drew national attention and many awards, saving taxpayers millions.
When criticized by pacifists and progressives over the difficult life of the inmates at Tent City, Pearce said: “Our soldiers live in tents, our Boy Scouts live in tents and they have done nothing wrong, I guess its OK for inmates to live in tents.”
Pearce left the Sheriff’s Office when he was appointed by the governor to the Office of Highway Safety in 1994. He then became the director of Motor Vehicles Department in 1995 and by 1999 he became Pro-Tem Judge at the Maricopa County Courts.
Because Pearce was well-respected and known to believe in small and efficient government, a balanced budget and low taxes, he was recruited for the state legislature. In November 2000 he was elected to the Arizona State Legislature where he eventually became appropriation chair and then President of the Senate.
Through the years he sponsored many bills including SB1108, The Freedom to Carry Act, and has an A+ rating with the NRA (National Rifle Associatoin). Also he was instrumental in the passage of Proposition 200, proof of citizenship to vote; Propositions 100, 102, 103, English as the official language, all in 2006, and SB1070 in 2010.
SB1070 called for a crack-down on illegal immigration and was signed into law by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in 2010. This law came about when the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Justice ignored their responsibility to defend the nation’s borders, as so stated in the U.S. Constitution. As a result, the Obama administration challenged Arizona in court, an economic boycott of Arizona was launched, and Sen. Pearce was recalled from office by the voters of Arizona in 2011.
Pearce has received countless awards and citations over his years of public service. He is an advocate for the Constitution, liberty, lower taxes, freedom from government intrusion and restrictions, parental rights, school choice, property rights, excellence in education, and support of law enforcement. He is seeking to regain his former seat in the 2012 election.
All are invited to join Ramona Tea’d and Pearce at the free forum in Ramona MainStage, 626 Main St., on Saturday, April 28. The topic will be Illegal Immigration with updates on the Gunrunner Scandal.
Doors will open at 11 a.m. Program starts at noon. The public is invited to bring questions and comments. For more, see RamonaTead.com.
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