Pro-immigrant groups are crowing over immigration hardliner Russell Pearce's historic loss last night. Pearce, the first sitting state senate president to be recalled, was the architect of Arizona's anti-illegal immigration bill SB1070, which inspired several copycat bills in other states. Pearce also unsuccessfully introduced legislation to issue separate birth certificates to the children of illegal immigrants born in America that would deny the children citizenship. Peace was defeated by Republican charter school administrator Jerry Lewis 53 percent to 46 percent.
"Outraged by Pearce's 'show me your papers' legislation, the community came together and proclaimed: enough!," Rudy Lopez, political director of the Campaign for Community Change, said in a statement. "Laws clearly aimed at running hardworking immigrants out of a community or a state will not be tolerated."
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