The author of Arizona’s controversial immigration law, known as SB 1070, defended the law during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday morning.
The law does not lead to racial profiling on behalf of the police, said Pearce, a former Arizona state senator, who lost a recall election in November. Pearce is now the president of BanAmnestyNow.com.
“Being illegal is a crime,” Pearce said. “Laws without consequences are no laws at all. This is about the rule of law.” SB 1070 focuses on people in the country without the government’s permission, he said--not of people of a particular race.
But Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo (D), who also testified at the hearing chaired by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., disagreed.