Russell Pearce Bashes Immigrants While Hispanics Are Saving Arizona's Economy

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Senate President Russell Pearce claims illegal immigration costs taxpayers beaucoup cash; in reality Hispanics, legal and illegal, are aiding the state's economy.

A boom in Arizona's Latino population has resulted in a powerful purchasing bloc that could help save the state's struggling economy.

This, according to a just-released report by the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that's based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau. It claims the state's Latino community has grown significantly, and now makes up 30 percent of this state's 6.4 million population, up from 25 percent out of a 5.1 million population in 2000.

Collectively, Arizona Latinos boast a  whopping $26.4 billion in annual buying power, according to the study.

In a press release the president of the Chamber, Gonzalo de la Melena, says, "we're growing an economic powerhouse."

This growth and economic influence has come despite the efforts of nativist politicians such as Pearce, and Pearce-sponsored legislation such as Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's controversial immigration law.

SB 1070's stated goal was "attrition through enforcement." That means making life so tough for illegal immigrants that they will flee the state.

However, the percentage of Hispanics in Arizona's population will keep going up, the report states. So if Pearce-minded lawmakers were trying to stop the Latino population from increasing, it's a little too late.

Chamber spokesman James Garcia says anti-immigrant advocates are going to have to get used to the idea that Latinos are growing in economic power.

But even with the power of the purse, Hispanics lack political clout. In part, Garcia point out, because the people most affected by Arizona's immigration policies are not citizens and not eligible to vote.

Garcia also acknowledged that Hispanic citizens don't go out to vote like they should. He observes that this lack of interest in politics comes from the lack of educational opportunities.

The Chamber is against state-level immigration laws, but boycotting the state over 1070 is not the logical thing for the organization to do, Garcia says.

"Since we are an organization that advocates for Latino-owned businesses it doesn't make any sense for us not to do business in Arizona," Garcia explains.

That would just be hurting the Latino market, he added.

Garcia points out that some of the boycotts have had a negative effect on Arizona's already feckless economy and have driven away potential state revenue, for example Sound Strike, a bloc of musicians that are boycotting the state because of  1070's passage.

More recently Puente, a local human rights group, has called for a boycott against Vicente Fernandez, a Mexican ranchero singer, for a Budweiser contract he has entered into. Budweiser products are distributed locally by Hensley & Co., owned by Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain, an SB 1070 supporter.

We've all heard Pearce's bogus stats about how much illegal immigration is costing the state. But the reality is that Hispanics, legal or not, are building Arizona's economy.


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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High SchoolThis young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Guest23
Guest23

"It only matters that they wan to kill us for me to want to kill them."

What a fatuous statement and evidence of your lack of intellectual integrity. I doubt the whole of Mexican immigrants, esp. those of hispanic descent that have been here for multiple generations follow the fringe elements of the movement to protect the rights of those of Hispanic descent. But this is the usual sort of propaganda that is trotted out as justification for your bigoted stance.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

What is a "Latino"?  There is no "race" involving the Latino or Hispanic ethnic group.  The politicians like Pearce are exploiting confusion surrounding this issue.  The confusion is  resultant from the terms used to describe classes of people involved in the immigration debate in this country.  Please be clear when speaking about this issue so that our common understanding is furthered.  We don't need to keep politicians like Pearce in business.  I know that mixing up undocumented immigrants and Latino/Hispanics and lumping them into one group is easy for you as a writer, but it is incorrect your you need to be more clear. 

The problem the bigots see is not with Latinos or Hispanics (spanish speaking people), it is the "native american" or "indigenious" part of people of Latino / Hispanic heritage they hate.  After all, it is BROWN they're DOWN on, right? 

The ONLY common factor is that they speak spanish - I know it's not the spanish part of this ethnic group people are afraid of, it's the native american part  of this ethnic group.  Let's be clear here and avoid a LOT of problems in the future.

Bobby
Bobby

Just to reiterate, Hispanics are not saving Arizona's economy or the economy of any other U.S. state. In fact, with their large families, their huge dependency on government services, including making taxpayers pay for educating their kids, THEY ARE A HUGE, AN ENORMOUS, NET DRAIN ON THIS NATION. State after state's hospitals, emergency rooms, social services, and schools are going under do to this insanity. In other words, they are a monkey wrench in the system that has not even had the chance to be prepared for this kind of thing. But all of this is lost on the willfull blind people on this forum.

anevile
anevile

when i read the headline, i knew the writer was hispanic

Bobby
Bobby

Uh, theyr'e not "immigrants" Mr. Stupid Garcia. Stop the La Raza propaganda.

Mari Rose
Mari Rose

The key fact in this article is the fact that Latinos don't vote. Unless or until they do, people like Russell Pearce will continue to have their way no matter how much Latinos contribute to the Arizona economy. 

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

So what's logic got to do with it? Hatred transcends all other thought processes. That's what RuSSell has a limbric brain for.

Jason
Jason

Pearce is a fucking douchebag who hasn't done a single thing to help struggling Arizonans. His opposition to the unemployment benefits just added a three gallon gas can full of gas to the already searing recall effort going on.

In other news: As a former U.S. Army soldier, I was just on facebook and was talking to one of my friends from high school. Her husband is a soldier and, from the photo I saw, looks like he returned home from Afghanistan. He is an MP (same job code as the MCSO shurf when he was in the Army). I would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all those who serve and protect the United States from the face of evil each and every day.

Bobby
Bobby

Excuse me sir, it's various groups that have characterized themselves as Latino's, instead of Americans. Who's kidding who here? No one to my knowledge on this post has mixed up "undocumented"(illegal aliens, as used by U.S. immigration law)"immigrants" with Latino/Hispanics and lumped them together. When most people are arguing illegal immigration they're arguing about illegal immigrants, many of which are not Latino's at all. Is it really that people hate "BROWN" people. are is it that they hate people that march in American cities, across the nation, that they have illegally entered and have NO PART IN CREATING, while telling those that did create those cities to "go back to Europe," this is our land",etc etc. Everyone is familiar with the arrogance by now. THERE IS NO INDIGENOUS PART to the vast majority of Latinos or Mexicans, if that's what you mean. Mexicans or latinos are not American Indians. It seems to me your'e the one that's confusing people.

Guest23
Guest23

Illegal immigration is no the cause of the problems that hospitals, emergency rooms and social services are experiencing, they may contribute to the problem but the source of the problems have to do with politics, mismanagement, the yearly loss of govt funding, closing of mental facilities, the ever rising cost of healthcare, the ever rising cost of health insurance, etc. Getting completely rid of illegal immigrants will not solve the problems these insititions are having.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Good going, Bobby. Never let documented facts get in the way of your bigotries. 

Mistalee
Mistalee

Really?

Do you even NOW know that the writer is Hispanic?  She may be a Swede who married a Hispanic.

Sorry to spoil your fun; I know you were all tickled to find think that the author's surname confirmed your bigotry. 

Mistalee
Mistalee

Indeed they are immigrants. Whether documented or not. If you leave one country to settle in another, you have immigrated there and are by definition an immigrant.

Go back to sniffing your glue and leave this thread to decent people. 

anevile
anevile

70% of US citizens don't want illegals here. We don't need the contributions of the drug cartels, illegal undereducated, poverty stricken, uninnoculated parasites who live on the backs of taxpayers.

Bobby
Bobby

And who will have their way when Latinos become a majority?  That''s when we will really see how much they contribute to the economy, right?

Jason
Jason

Mike, can you please do me a favor?

Tell Bobby the Troll all about the Department of Homeland Security forces and the National Guard soldiers on the border. This clueless stupidfuck doesn't get it that there are something like 20,000 USBP men and women on the border and the 550 AZNG soldiers are helping them.

Bobby
Bobby

That's what Mr. Pearce is doing, and Arpaio and Brewere and othes. Saving Arizona from the face of evil, La Raza, Raul,(let's nuke Arizona economically with a world wide boycott), people that scoff at U.S. immigration law, and even you Jason.

Kcarson
Kcarson

and I think them for protecting us from the face of political and ideological differences who would do us harm.

I don't need to demonize my enemies. It only matters that they want to kill us for me to want to kill them.  It takes intellectual courage, in the truest sense of the word, to acknowledge the humanity of your enemy while taking from him his human life.

It's the inability to grasp this concept that leads to cognitive dissonance, which in turn contributes to PTSD.

Bobby
Bobby

I've never heard that view before. Illegal immigration is NOT THE CAUSE of the bankruptcy of emergency rooms, social services,.....etc. It's a new one on me buddy. I have never suggested getting completely rid of illegal aliens.

Bobby
Bobby

Look the documented facts are getting in the way of your bigotries. What in the hell makes yo believe you have the ultimate truth on this matter? One sign, at least to my way of thinking that proves you don't, is your constant cussing and berating me. Now don't get me wrong, you can go on like that until the cows come home. I've got massive experience with that kind of crap,  which is much like the behavior of all leftist loud mouths. It's like water of the back of a duck to me. I don't care. I'll continue to try and make reasonable agruements, regardless of how loud you yell, or how much cussing or berating of me you do. It's irrelevant, and it's getting irrelevant to millions of other Americans, what leftists have to say. In fact, I've never seen so many people become aware of how much social programing they've been blasted with. You people on the left, are losing all the major issues, and fast becoming irrlelevant. The reason the left has any influence at all, is that they regularly use force on Americans by writing laws, and using the judiciary to superceed the will of the voters. But people are aware of it and utterly sick of it.

Bobby
Bobby

Look,  what I stated is not coming out of unthinking prejudice,like you always believe. Everything I said has been verified over and over to the satisfaction of reasonable people. If it doesn't suit you, that's your problem.

Bobby
Bobby

According to the dictionary of Mistalee their immigrants. OK whatever you say. I'll leave this thread to decent people that make up their own definitions concerning reality. 

Guest23
Guest23

Those of Mexican descent are already here and have been for many generations, esp in the SW states where they have roots here since before our statehood. Your are just pissed because you can forsee that eventually Hispanics will out number whites. You are fighting a losing battle.

Bobby
Bobby

Unfortunately your'e right. Without using negative characterizations of these folks as something other than human beings, millions of them do live a parastical existence in this country. Despite the fact that many people on this forum don't believe that or don't care, millions of illegal aliens cannot support their large families, as a rule, and make American citizens, of all cultures support them. That's a verifiable truth.

Guest23
Guest23

The simple fact is that Hispanics are going to become the majority even if the numbers of illegal immigrants are not taken into consideration. You admit that what you fear is losing your white majority and you appear to show a desire to do whatever is necessary even if it is racist, bigoted, or tramples on the civil rights of legal Hispanic citizens and legal residents to protect your power and dominance. You might as well give up because the trend of an ever growing Hispanic populace is going to happen no matter what and the courts in the end will not allow you to trample on the constitutional rights of Hispanics to save the power of bigoted white Americans.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"And who will have their way when Latinos become a majority?"

Not you, Bobby. And that is a comforting thought.

Bobby
Bobby

Well, then their either stupid, have been told to ignore the "immigrants" or are bribed or on drugs. Because millions of illegal aliens, oh, I'm sorry Mistalee, 'immigrants", entere this nation every few years. God you people truly do live in a different state of reality.

Jason
Jason

Um, Pearce, Arpaio, and Brewer are too stupid to save anybody.

Pearce couldn't save his son from doing time in jail.

Arpaio couldn't save Maricopa County taxpayers more than $1 billion stemming from his bullshit. His ass is going the FUCK down.

Brewer couldn't save her son Ronald from doing time in the nuthouse. 

Raul Grijalva is a U.S. Representative. How are the Three Stooges (sorry Larry, Moe and Curly) saving Arizona from him?

"People who scoff at U.S. immigration law." What has Mike from Bisbee been telling you? The Department of Homeland Security has more than 20,000 US Border Patrol agents as well as 550 AZNG soldiers. Deportations of undocumented immigrants is the highest it's been in recent history.

Even me huh? Unfortunately Pearce is one of my state Senators (the other is Senator Crandall) in the Legislature. He represents this city, he works for me asswipe. I happen to disagree with his policies.  

Bobby
Bobby

Naw, I don't think I will for several reasons. First of all, your'e smart enough to know the issues I'm talking about. Second, if I make my points, You'll only come back with the typical leftist character assasinating charges of nativism, bigotry, racism, exclusionary, sandbilly, white trash, closed minded, meth taker, lazy, uninformed, hater, nazi, uneducated, trailer trash, .........................ad infinitum, and all of it B.S.

Still not a beleiver
Still not a beleiver

If you are getting any of your facts from FAIR or any websites that get their information from FAIR then you are not getting factual information.

IT has been proven on numerous occasions and incidents that any study that is sited by FAIR has been cherry picked to give the MOST horrific results that that organization is expounding upon. The math methods they use in breaking down results is always proven to be wrong. The result gathering methods they use are always proven to be flawed.Then when they are caught in outrageous fabrication of data they then fall back to the same line, "Nobody can get the actual numbers/data because of the fluid nature of the population."

"You people on the left, are losing all the major issues, and fast becoming irrlelevant."Please list the MAJOR issues from your statement please. I would like to research these issues and out comes myself.

Mistalee
Mistalee

What you are saying is diametrically opposed to study after study showing the positive economic impact of immigrants on this country. But you really can't stand that, because the facts contradict your bigotries. So you'll just make shit up as you go along. As always. 

teknik1200
teknik1200

um, you just described your self there.  you are the one disregarding fact and making up your own story.

Bobby
Bobby

I'm not calling them parasites. Can't you make a distinciton? I'm saying that they are forced into a parastical situation because of their large families and jobs that can't support thos families so you know quite well who has to. Yeah, I know, what about "white trash". Fine but they don't have as a rule large families,etc. Can't you fathom the practical side of this issue? You seem so smart otherwise?

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Without using negative characterizations of these folks as somethingother than human beings, millions of them do live a parasticalexistence in this country."

Yeah, "parasitical" is not a negative characterization at all.

Without resorting to negative characterizations, Bobby, your are the most imbecilic, brain-damaged, spiritually degraded, irredeemable assemblage of genetic waste that has ever sullied the Earth with its footsteps.

Bobby
Bobby

Wait a minute buddy, your radical racist Mexican groups( I can't say hispanic, I haven't seen the kind of radical stuff from other hispanics as with Mexico that still thinks it owns this land) are the ones willing to do anything they have to to get what they want. I'm not the one marching with 500,000 (a half million people) screaming go back to Eurpe, this is our country,etc.

Bobby
Bobby

Not to me or millions of other Americans from every kind of culture, because all of us don't want Mexicans that are in love with Mexico(one of the most corrupt nations in the world) influencing our lives. How much clearer can this be to you and other nitwits on this post?

Guest23
Guest23

Idiot. Millions of illegal immigrants will continue to come into this country either by sea, or tunnel or one way or another... that is the historical outcome of any country that attempts to shut its borders to people coming or going illegally. Besides the fact that you sorts that cry for a secure border never point how this can be logically accomplished with such large amounts of the USA being open by land, air, and sea.

anevile
anevile

if your child has commited a crime or has a mental illness, they need to get help, not have politically connected parents buy their way out of trouble. It's call tough-love. Try it some time, it's much harder than u think

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