FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2012
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES FMR. ARIZONA STATE SEN. RUSSELL PEARCE, AUTHOR OF CONTROVERSIAL IMMIGRATION LAW, WILL APPEAR AT SENATE HEARING IN APRIL
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) announced Tuesday that former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce—the Republican author of the state’s controversial immigration law who lost his seat after a voter backlash led to his recall—will appear at a planned April hearing on the Arizona statute.
Schumer, the chairman of the Senate’s immigration subcommittee, said he has accepted an offer by Pearce to testify, but he repeated his challenge for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to also appear.
Schumer last month invited Brewer to come before Congress to defend the law. She declined, even though a spokesman admitted she will be in Washington, D.C., on the scheduled day of the hearing.
“Other Arizona officials responsible for this law are willing to come and defend it, but not Governor Brewer. The governor is the one who signed this bill into law; she shouldn’t leave the defense of it to others,” Schumer said.
The hearing is set for April 24, the day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the case surrounding the Arizona law.