Pamela Powers Hannley, a progressive voice for Arizona
There are a myriad of reasons why people either support or denounce SB1070, Arizona’s harsh anti-illegal immigration bill.
Pro: “America’s under attack! The brown people are coming to take our jobs! Stop the border-crossing terrorists and drug dealers.”
Con: “This is a racist policy– and an unfunded mandate– that could foster racial profiling, discrimination and wrongful imprisonment.”
On a recent Rachel Maddow Show, she offers some interesting facts regarding Governor Jan Brewer’s and Arizona State Senator Russel Pearce’s steadfast support for anti-illegal immigration legislation.
Both Brewer and Pearce have strong ties to the private prison industry– particularly Corrections Corporation of America, the corporation that holds the contract to hold federal prisoners (including suspected illegal aliens.)
Although Brewer has 2 close aids who have worked with and/or lobbied for the private prison industry, Pearce has even closer ties. Private prison corporations have donated the maximum amount to his campaigns, according to Maddow’s research. To repay them, he sponsored legislation to transfer Arizona’s entire prison system to private corporations and was the father of SB1070, which would increase prison populations dramatically.
Frankly, they’re both opportunistic sleezeballs.