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Pearce refuses to apologize for circulating letter

In this Oct. 19 photo, Sen. Russell Pearce previews his ideas on upcoming legislation he will sponsor that aims to take away the automatic citizenship for children born to non-citizen parents. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Senate President Russell Pearce (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

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.

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  1. The man is a bully and is really not to be trusted.
    His election was purely due to fear mongering…shame on us all
    for creating such a monster and giving him this power to abuse.
    I had an opportunity to call his office and upon asking to speak to Senator Pearce was advised that he would prefer to be called “President”….lol!

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