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Passing of Russell Pearce, Patriot and Former Arizona State Senate President

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding the passing of former Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce, architect of some of the most significant pieces of legislation to crack down on illegal immigration

Judicial Watch is proud to have worked with Russell Pearce. He was a hard-working, public-minded patriot who upheld the rule of law in the face of the slings and arrows of the open borders Left. As leader of the of the Arizona State Senate, Pearce was the chief sponsor of commonsense legislation that allowed law enforcement in Arizona to ask for proof of citizenship during traffic stops, as well as the “Legal Arizona Workers Act,” which required all Arizona employers to use the E-Verify system to confirm the eligibility of new employees and penalized employers who knowingly hired illegal aliens. Key parts of this legislation survived court challenges and continue to protect Arizona and all of America.

Judicial Watch fought with Pearce on several fronts to uphold Arizona’s landmark immigration laws. He died at age 75, his family said in a statement released on January 5, 2023.

The Arizona State Senate said in a statement:

Pearce was a God-fearing man and loved his country with all his heart. He was an ardent champion for secure borders and gave his all which it came to preventing the violence associated with dangerous cartel encroaching into our communities. He was passionate about public safety and had a fiery approach when it came to conservative causes, like limited government. He leaves a memorable legacy behind, and Arizona is a better place because of him.


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