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After Pearce, Gallardo also invited to testify on SB1070 in Congress

Sen. Steve Gallardo (File Photo by Jim Small)

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.


  1. Dave Camp, the Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, is refusing to release his hold on the 50-state E-Verify bill. His committee has jurisdiction over identity theft. He is unwilling to allow the E-Verify bill to stop illegal aliens from stealing Social Security numbers to obtain U.S. jobs.

    If you are really feeling energetic, why don’t you put in a phone call to one of Mr. Camp’s offices:

    202-225-3625 Washington, DC (Ways & Means)
    202-225-3561 Washington, DC (personal office)
    202-224-3121 Washington, DC (Capitol switchboard)
    989-631-2552 Midland, Mich. (district office)
    231-929-4711 Traverse City, Mich. (district office)

  2. Joel Wischkaemper

    Thank you magyart. I will post your message.. sans credits.. verbatium.. every chance I get.

  3. Joel Wischkaemper

    By the way.. this committee is run by the Democrats that tried so hard to open the border. It is in Congress because it required the approval of Senator Read, Speaker of the Senate. Schumer runs this ugly committe, but he has trouble coming at him hard I think and this is the link.
    If it isn’t coming at him.. it should.

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