Arizona’s Senate president is refusing to apologize to lawmakers who say he circulated a factually suspect letter about Hispanic students during a debate in hopes of getting his immigration bill passed.
The letter that substitute teacher Tony Hill wrote to Sen. Russell Pearce says a majority of the eight-grade students who he taught at an unnamed suburban Glendale school recently refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance and declared that “We are Mexicans and Americans stole our land.”
The letter also says most Hispanic students don’t want to be educated and would rather be gang members.
Republican Sen. Lori Klein of Anthem read the letter aloud Thursday as the Senate considered illegal immigration legislation.
Democratic Sen. Steve Gallardo of Phoenix has questioned the veracity of the letter.