Meet Steve Pearce: Far Right Crusader on Immigration

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Meet Steve Pearce: Far Right Crusader on Immigration

For the past week, our Meet Steve Pearce series has reintroduced Congressman Pearce’s extreme record to New Mexicans. We wrap up with Pearce’s most repugnant opinions on immigration. As you’ve seen, Steve Pearce has a long, disqualifying record on every issue, and as he tries to bury that record in his run for Governor of New Mexico, we’ll be holding him accountable every step of the way.

“I’m dismayed, but not surprised, by Congressman Pearce’s silence while the Trump administration rips children away from their families at the border. He says he’s more anti-immigrant than President Trump, and I believe him.” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “We also can’t allow Steve Pearce to help deport New Mexico’s 6,000 DREAMers and forever deny citizenship to people who only know America as their home.”

Pearce wants to forcibly deport New Mexico’s DREAMers.

2013: Pearce voted to begin the deportation of 800,000 DREAMers and voted against protections for DREAMers serving in the military.

Unsurprisingly, he also opposes a pathway to citizenship for them.

Pearce does not support a pathway to citizenship for New Mexico’s 6,000 DREAMers.

He admits that makes him even more anti-immigrant than Donald Trump.

Pearce: “We’re also not going to give citizenship. So, it falls short of that. The president has said that he will go further than I would, he would go up to a pathway.” [Pearce at Western New Mexico University, 2/5/18]

He can’t sympathize with DREAMers too much because there are “lots of people in the world with more tragic stories”…

Pearce said that “most or all” who want a path to citizenship “should return home and get in line,” and that while he sympathizes with DREAMers, there are “lots of people in the world with more tragic stories.”  [Farmington Daily Times, 7/16/13]

…But he can sympathize with Donald Trump for calling much of the rest of the world “shithole countries.”

CNN: “Trump decries immigrants from ‘shithole countries’ coming to US”

Pearce, 1/12/18: “Now myself, I go and I talk to the Republican Congressmen and women from New York and I just say, ‘what’s, what’s going on here?’ And they say, ‘Oh, he’s one of those Queens guys. Like one of those Lea County Guys. You know, that’s just the way they are. They just talk like that. They just do stuff like that.’”

And where does he stand on the forcible separation of families at the border? So far Pearce has stayed silent on this abhorrent practice, but we can take a guess. Governor Martinez has already given it two thumbs up.

Associated Press: “Martinez supports family separation policy”

Contact: Joel Kasnetz
joel@nmdemocrats.org
(505) 750-0140

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