Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce is the latest Arizona politician/xenophobe to weigh in on the immigration debate. His position? He hates Mexicans and wishes we were a nation of white folks, just like the good old days.
From NPR: “I will not back off until we solve the problem of this illegal invasion,” he says, from an office decorated with awards, keepsakes and photos of fellow fighters Ronald Reagan and John Wayne. “Invaders, that’s what they are. Invaders on the American sovereignty and it can’t be tolerated.”
The United States has never been a nation that welcomes people of color (even the Irish were considered a little too low-class for America’s high standards for a while). We have no problem mucking about in other countries’ business, but when refugees from misbegotten wars come flooding into our borders, well, that’s cause for alarm.
It’s hard for me to take someone like Russell Pearce seriously. Maybe he’s so afraid of immigrants because their children will grow up and vote against him in upcoming elections. I hope they do.