Sen. Steve Gallardo, a Phoenix Democrat and a fierce critic of SB1070, has been invited to testify during a Congressional subcommittee hearing about state-level enforcement of immigration laws.
SB1070 architect Russell Pearce, whom Gallardo often clashed with when Pearce served in the Legislature, is also scheduled to testify at the hearing.
Gallardo said he’ll focus on how SB1070 has “tarnished” the image of Arizona and on its impact on U.S.-born Latinos.
Gallardo said he accepted the invitation from the office of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer this morning. The hearing will be April 24 – a day before the U.S. Supreme Court is to hear arguments on the landmark state-level immigration law.
“They’re being caught up in the middle of SB1070,” Gallardo told Arizona Capitol Times.
In a news release, Gallardo said he also plans to tell members of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security that the federal government is failing to fully address the problem.
“I look forward to explaining to the subcommittee that these misguided state efforts are an unfortunate reaction to federal inaction. Washington must find a real solution to the problem of illegal immigration,” he said in a news release.
Gov. Jan Brewer was earlier invited to the hearing, but passed on it.