Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs Eulogizes Racist Former State Lawmaker

Former Arizona state lawmaker Russell Pearce urged sterilizing ladies who sought out public help.

Far proper Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) issued a press launch over the weekend celebrating the life of a racist former lawmaker who had been pushed to resign from politics after he urged that ladies ought to solely be granted public advantages in the event that they have been sterilized beforehand.

Biggs appeared on the Home flooring final week to discuss the lifetime of former state Sen. Russell Pearce, whom Biggs had served with throughout his personal time as a state lawmaker. Pearce, who sponsored vehemently anti-immigrant laws, died earlier this month.

Biggs also praised Pearce in a newsletter (through which he misspelled his title as “Pierce”) that was despatched to constituents on Friday, describing Pearce’s political legacy as “really unmatched.”

Biggs’s statements — each on the House floor and within the e-newsletter — referred to Pearce as robust and brave, touting his public service in politics and within the navy whereas praising his fascist and racist legacy.

The coverage additionally required residents to offer legislation enforcement with paperwork on the spot exhibiting they have been both residents or lawfully within the U.S. If a resident didn’t comply — together with in instances the place that they had merely left their ID at house — the statute permitted legislation enforcement to make an arrest if they had “probable cause” to consider that they had dedicated “any public offense that makes the individual detachable from america.”

Pearce additionally promoted different laws focusing on undocumented folks and the broader Latinx neighborhood in Arizona. He pushed a invoice, for instance, to prevent children born in the U.S. to immigrant parents from being granted citizenship rights (an influence state lawmakers don’t even have as a consequence of the 14th Amendment of the federal Constitution). In selling that invoice, he described youngsters born to immigrant mother and father as “anchor infants.”

Biggs’s celebration of Pearce’s life additionally omitted that, as head of the Republican Occasion in Arizona, Pearce urged that ladies looking for public help within the state ought to solely be allowed to take action after being sterilized or forcibly given long-term contraception that would solely be reversed by way of surgical procedure.

“You place me in control of Medicaid, the very first thing I’d do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations…Then we’ll check recipients for medicine and alcohol, and if you wish to [reproduce] or use medicine or alcohol, then get a job,” Pearce said in 2014 as state party leader.

Aliento, a corporation dedicated to serving undocumented, DACA, and mixed immigration status families, issued its personal response to Pearce’s passing.

“We provide his household our deepest condolences,” the organization wrote in a statement that was shared on Twitter. “We additionally acknowledge the trauma and hurt his actions and insurance policies have brought on to the immigrant neighborhood in Arizona.”

“At Aliento, we consider in fact and reconciliation,” the group added. “With the intention to heal, we should acknowledge the hurt brought on by these in energy as we additionally acknowledge the humanity of each human no matter their beliefs.”