Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Senator Pearce, Please save Immigration for another time

First, its important to note that we have advocated time and again for immigration reform and more done about reducing the effects of illegal immigration in Mesa. It is a problem that needs to be dealth with.

However, we have to agree with blogger Joanna Allhands that bringing up immigration now is just a distraction from the current budget troubles. Mesa's Senator Russell Pearce is hosting the hearings and has split them up into 3 panels:

-- Panel 1: "National and local experts in immigration policy and sanctuary cities," including Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas.

-- Panel 2: "Victims of crime of illegal aliens," including Ed Kowalski of the 9/11 Families for a Secure America Foundation.

-- Panel 3: "Public officials who support sanctuary policies," although many of the invitees would argue they aren't, including Mesa Police Chief George Gascon. The press release then goes on to say that "members of this panel have not responded to the invitation to attend."

I am sure that Gascon is going to attend a meeting where he is being accused of supporting sanctuary policies. Also, its good to note that the legislature is really trying to take great strides to work well with the cities in which they live. I am sure Mesa appreciates Sheriff Joe sitting on a panel as an expert after he raided Mesa City Hall last year.
Meanwhile, as the Republic points out, the legislature is supposed to be devoting their time to fixing the budget. Instead, we are having side shows surrounding illegal immigration that aren't going to result in any good policy. Look, if the legislature was willing to allow the voters to decide on the budget, as we have advocated before, they would have all the time in the world to host these types of circuses. However, in the meantime, perhaps its time to save immigration for another, more suitable time.

3 comments:

Sarah said...

To be fair, Pearce struck me as a one-issue campaigner, and he's trying to get back to that issue. He didn't run his campaign on the economy, he ran on the platform of illegal immigration.

I find his rhetoric on illegal immigration to be often over the top and fueled by discrimination, but I can't say he doesn't stick to his campaign promises.

Heath Reed said...

Russell Pearce is a side show. He ran on this "emotional" issue and got elected. that is what happens in politics and that is what everyone wants to talk about or point at as what is causing all the problems.

I did not vote for him and will not because I feel he is not a good representative in Mesa in general. I feel he hurts and hinders our city and our state in general. Russell Pearce is a side show. He ran on this "emotional" issue and got elected. that is what happens in politics and that is what everyone wants to talk about or point at as what is causing all the problems.

I did not vote for him and will not because I feel he is not a good representative in Mesa in general. I feel he hurts and hinders our city and our state in general. His budget issues have IMO been a blunder and I think our Mesa reps are on the opposite side of what our city council is trying to do and shows the old Mesa with their closed minded thinking and politics. Im not calling for a liberal, but an innovative person who can work the real issues, not the political emotional issues.

Thoughts On Mesa said...

What do you think the side show was in Washington. Gascon sure made himself available then.

I guess people will realy not understand this issue unless they have been a victim of a crime committed by somebody who has entered this country illegally.

Heath I take it you haven't been a victim or don't know somebody who has been a victim.

Senator Pearce is dealing with the issues at had. Not some issue like global warming that doesn't have an impact on us. Heath also remember that there are the budget has to be approved the Senate, House and then signed by the Brewer who is propossing tax increases which hinder growth, Ecomonics 101.