The American Civil Liberties Union has uncovered a sheath of damning emails to and from former Arizona state senator Russell Pearce – author of the state’s controversial immigration law.
As reported in The Arizona Republic, the exposed emails – dating as far back as 2006 – contain overtly racist language and references to the state’s Latino population, prompting the ACLU to conclude that Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law was “racially motivated.”
The uncovered emails contain such statements as: “Last week, Denver’s illegal aliens sang our national anthem in Spanish and bastardized the words of OUR country’s most sacred song.”
The Washington Post reports that the ACLU and other rights groups contend that the emails “embrace discriminatory views and bend the truth about immigration-related matters,” setting the stage for enactment of a law which, if passed, will lead to racial profiling.
Pearce, who was ousted from office last year in a special recall election, denies the racist nature of the damning emails, and is running for re-election to the state Senate.
What do you think about these emails?
What about Arizona’s treatment of immigrants?
Valid or racist?