Judiciary committee hearing on SB1070 political theater

| April 24 2012
Hannah Thoreson

The U.S. Senate held a hearing today on SB1070 in advance of Supreme Court arguments defending the law.  For the most part, Republicans dismissed the hearing as being political theater.

“It’s just all, I believe, a political stunt that they’re performing today at the Senate hearing. It’s unfortunate because, of course, they’ve had two years to address this issue, and they haven’t done anything. So now they wait until the day before the Supreme Court hears it?” Brewer said on Fox News. “It’s crazy.”

Governor Brewer also mentioned that she believed it was election year pandering by Democrats to try and court the Latino vote in time for the fall election.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had this to say on state-level enforcement of immigration laws:

“States like Arizona and Alabama will no longer be able to get away with saying they are simply ‘helping the federal government’ to enforce the law when they are really writing their own laws and knowingly deploying untrained officers with a mission of arresting anyone and everyone who might fit the preconceived profile of an illegal immigrant,” he said.

The only other federal lawmaker who attended the hearing was Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.  Senator Jon Kyl, who did not attend, blasted the Democrats for the partisan nature of the hearing.

“The failure of Senate Democrats to seek input from any members of the Arizona congressional delegation before scheduling the hearing further demonstrates that it is intended to be more of a spectacle than a forum.”

However, former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce attended the hearing wearing a ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ tie.

“I get a little disappointed that we’re the bad guys for enforcing the law,” Pearce, sounding irritated, later told Schumer. “Mr. Chairman, we have a national crisis and we continue to ignore it.”

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