November 10, 2011, - 3:50 pm

Defeat of AZ Immigration Law Author is Bad Omen for Borders; Mormon Church Involvement?

By Debbie Schlussel

Open borders advocates, illegal alien supporters, and other liberals are celebrating the defeat of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce in Tuesday’s elections.  He was the author of the Arizona immigration enforcement laws, enacted because the Obama government isn’t doing the job (and Bush didn’t either).  Pearce lost in a recall election to a fellow Republican, Jerry Lewis.  It’s a frightening development for the future.

Today, most districts in America are not overwhelmingly Latino.  But in many places, particularly in the Southwest, they are.  And that means it will be tougher to elect and retain public officials dedicated to this very important national security issue.  In this case, however, the Latino open borders crowd and Obama-friendly SEIU recruited a phony “conservative Republican” White Mormon to defeat the secure borders guy. It’s a classic case of dirty politics and the verboten alliances that brings. Those alliances will remain once Mr. Lewis takes office.  Are Mormons really against immigration enforcement?  That’s how the Arizona media is portraying it, and it sounds like the LDS church isn’t exactly for secure borders, which is disturbing but not surprising.

Unhappiness among Mormon voters over the image that Pearce, a Mormon, had cast on their religion. . . .

Under the recall provision of Arizona’s Constitution — a century-old vestige of the Progressive Era — any number of candidates can run, and all voters in the electoral district can cast ballots.

Pearce campaign officials said that created a situation where Democrats and independents could vote in what would, under other circumstances, have been a Republican primary election.

Pearce campaign manager Chad Willems said recall organizers deliberately set out to create that kind of race, announcing early on that their preferred candidate would be a White, Mormon, Republican conservative — all of which describe Lewis.

“They knew they would split the Mormon vote and split the Republican vote,” Willems said. In the meantime, Democrats would be almost certain to vote against Pearce; recall organizer Randy Parraz said on Election Day that Democrats turned out in large numbers. . . .

Lewis got outside help as well. In addition to his own campaign committee . . . Eliseo Medina of the Service Employees International Union, said Wednesday that his group worked to get out the Hispanic vote in District 18, and Petra Falcon, executive director of Promise Arizona in Action, said her Phoenix-based group used 300 volunteers to do the same thing.

If we don’t protect our borders and regulate who comes into the country, we might as well disband our Armed Forces and close up shop. Sadly, we are doing a terrible job of it.

Is your Republican primary polluted by open borders advocates and the SEIU? Don’t bet against it. Know your candidates . . . AND who is campaigning for them.

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16 Responses

The Republican Party wants to nominate Mitt Romney for the same reasons. He won’t offend any one.

Russell Pearce’s defeat has revealed how difficult its for conservatives and decent people to put this country first.

And again the slackers and morons have the last word in America. That’s who our elites seek to pander to.

G-d preserve our country!

NormanF on November 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    You nailed on the head Norman, that’s one of the reasons why the GOP want Mitt Romney to run against Obama in next years election. If something like that occurs, then I’ll either sit out and not vote or vote for a third party.

    And yes the so-called elites do all of their inane pandering to folks who are lazy, stupid, uneducated, moronic, uninformed, etc. and that’s why this country is being dragged down!

    “A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

    Sean R. on November 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I lived in Arizona during the Evan Mecham fiasco. Mecham, a very devout Mormon, was elected governor because two democrats ran (one as an independent) splitting the democrat vote, with the Republican Mecham winning. Mecham wound up being both recalled and impeached shortly after taking office (The recall election was canceled by the Arizona State Supreme Court because of the impeachment).

I can tell you based on everything that happened during the Mecham “era” that the Mormon Church is extremely secretive and that no one outside of the Church knows for sure what the Church’s position on immigration really is. The statement on the video Debbie linked to is what they want the public to hear. It may or may not be their position.

Assuming both Pearce and Lewis are devout Mormons I can state two things with certainty:

1) Neither Pearce nor Lewis ran in the election without the permission of the Church.
2) Pearce would not have stated the Church supported his permission without the permission of the Church.

I_AM_ME on November 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm

This is a bizarre development. If Mormons are leaning towards the Democratic Party, they are indeed a pack of fools. That party will turn on them with a vengeance as soon as it is convenient for them to do so. I suspect that the fangs will come out shortly after Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination, which is quite likely now.

worry01 on November 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm

This is a weird special election where you had two GOP candidates running in an open field. So, every Democrat and most independents were going to vote for Lewis, and only a majority of Republicans would vote for Pearce. If Lewis survives the primary in 2012, that would be a bad sign. This, not so much.

The open borders crowd are making a big deal out of this because, well, this is about as close to popular backing as they’re going to get. Every Amnesty proposal is now pretty much DOA in congress. The hoaky DREAM act couldn’t even pass a lame duck congress with a Democratic supermajority. Perry’s campaign alone folded because of his weak stance on the border. The legislatures in MS and VA are now set to pass laws similar to AZ’s. Don’t lose heart over this one small election with its very particular conditions. It’s one small battle in a larger war, and since the legislation has already been signed into law, it’s relatively meaningless loss.

As far as the Mormon Church goes, its position is just like the Catholics, the Baptists and other Christian churches. They like Hispanic immigration because it represents a means of filling in their declining membership. The large Jewish denominations hold similar positions because…HOLOCAUST!!! No, that’s not an anti-Semitic attack, that really does seem to be their argument.

Polichinello on November 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm

I read about the defeat of Russell Pearce in today’s “Arizona Republic.” It trumpeted his defeat as an attempt to “change the image of Arizona as an anti-immigrant state.” I wonder how the legal immigrants feel about this?

Ghostwriter on November 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Miss Schlussel, Et Alii:

As you know, I am a convert in The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints (i.e., the so-called “Mormon” church).

Members of the Church are divided over the issue of illegal aliens.

Apparently, the leaders of my Church are playing politics, and by their official policies, actually aiding and abetting illegal immigration.

They have even admitted this in the cases where they were accidentally discovered to have sent illegal aliens on full time missions, which violated both the laws and church rules.

However, many members of the Church are opposed to such unwarranted leniency, especially since it destroys our economy and jeopardizes the national security of the United States of America.

I am also opposed to splitting up families, and the simple solution is to immediately deport the entire family.

Yes, we need to love our neighbors, but if we don’t save this country, there won’t be any Mormon church.

Thank you.

John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Gulfport, Mississippi 39507

John Robert Mallernee on November 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Thank you for this posting Debbie.
Alabama has the toughest illegal immigration laws on the books at the moment with Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina not far behind and we are damn proud.
Disingenuos White Liberals are actually bringing about the return of the Old South and the Confederacy with their stupidity.
As long as Obama and the DWL’s keep pushing this country toward a communist state, the more that the Southeast, Plains States, and Mountain West States are going to rebel and bring about the return of the Stars and Bars.
The Reverend James David Manning has also preached against Obama and the DWL’s.
How much further are Obama and the DWL’s going to push us? Only time will tell.

Confederate South on November 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Well, there are two Mormons running as Republicans who are for open borders, in spite of recent self-serving and temporary positions to the contrary, so maybe they did help recall Pearce.

As with Wisconsin’s recall a few months ago, the national Republican party did nothing meaningful to help Pearce.

If a local Democratic visible figure was in a recall election, you can be sure the unions, campuses, and all kinds of politicians would descend on the local area to defend him. Nothing like this for Pearce, because they wanted to see him defeated.

Little Al on November 10, 2011 at 6:52 pm


Mormons are not Christians. One cannot be a Christian and reject the Holy Trinity. The idea that a Christian has to accept a Mormon as a co-religionist or be denounced as a bigot is more political correctness, which Mitt Romney is deftly using to his advantage.

Now to the main issue … yes this does have the fingerprints of the Mormon church and the Roman Catholic Church on it. First, consider Mormon doctrines concerning Native Americans and Mexico, which I will not get into in detail. Second, consider this: Mormons and Roman Catholics made a political alliance. Exactly when, I do not know … at some point during the Bush presidency though. Mitt Romney was going to be the candidate to represent both interests, and there was huge pressure on the evangelical community to get in line. Instead, evangelicals backed Mike Huckabee, and both Roman Catholic and Mormon leaders were furious (it got really ugly, and yes there were theological undertones involved that, again, I won’t get into). After the 2008 election, Mormon and Roman Catholic leaders made an agreement to start working together more directly, and to begin (slowly) cutting evangelicals out of the picture. The first “trial balloon” of the strength of their coalition was the successful Proposition 8 thing in California.

The alliance between Mormons and Roman Catholics bears watching. It isn’t just their common opposition to defending the border. There are plenty of other issues too.

Gerald on November 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Mormons are not Christians. One cannot be a Christian and reject the Holy Trinity. The idea that a Christian has to accept a Mormon as a co-religionist or be denounced as a bigot is more political correctness, which Mitt Romney is deftly using to his advantage.
Yes, because it makes SOO much more sense to believe that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are all one entity. That’s asinine, to say the least and boggles the mind that this particularly ridiculous belief could have lasted down through the centuries. How exactly did God express his approval at Jesus’ baptism from Heaven, while being Jesus himself getting baptized AND appearing as a dove? Yes, the answer is clearly that God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost couldn’t POSSIBLY be separate and distinct individuals. No, no, that’s ridiculous. Pffft.

The Mormon church, of which I am a member, is the only one of the Christian religions that makes any damn sense if you consider it in the context of constancy. Idiot Evangelicals have no problem believing that God appointed Prophets to walk in biblical times but reject out of hand the idea that God, who claims to be constant, would similarly appoint Prophets to preach at this time. If one believes God to be constant, then how does one square these two contradictory positions? Why would a constant God provide messengers to some of his children but not all?

Or how about that nonsense that simply saying “I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior” guarantees access to Heaven, that no good works must be performed to EARN salvation? Why would Jesus even have bothered to come and provide an example of how live and behave towards others if all one has to do is utter his name and gain salvation? The whole idea of that mercy makes His life and suffering totally irrelevant. Faith without works is dead, you know.

Oh, and where exactly in the Bible does it give authority for Evangelicals to hold yearly conferences and VOTE on what God commands? Pretty sure I missed that section.

I don’t know everything about my church and there certainly are some suspect things in its history and this illegal aliens thing, which they claim stems from wanting to preserve the sanctity and holiness of the (*ahem*) heterosexual family. And I know I’m being a bad Mormon, but I for one am done taking shit from “Christians” whose own religion doesn’t make any intellectual sense.

Matt on November 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I want to borrow Sean’s famous signature for my post…

“A nation is defined by its borders, language and culture”.

Since I found my way, I USED to be so enthusiastic for finding the TRUTH that in the past, I didn’t question things I ought to have because I was so pleased to find my way back to proper thinking. I have learned HERE (more than any other place) to NOT take things as they seem (read:Conservatives). Now I question more.

Lately, I have been noticing certain Conservatives who openly mock Liberals (a good thing) are just as brain-dead and follow their side as blindly as Liberals do (NOT a good thing).

Listen to talk-show callers. Most are boring parrots and mimic the CW. That’s what one hears when good shows waste time on dopey callers. Don’t believe me, listen and hear how all the so-called Conservatives love McRomney and how they mimic-ed the media in regards to the Herman Cain CW. Critcal thinking is on a lunch-break!

Not only does it bore me but it makes me MORE fearful for USA.

It’s NOT looking good.

(CW=Conventional Wisdom)

Skunky on November 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I, living in the Pearce district in Mesa and a non-Mormon, there are a couple of things one needs to take note:

1) Pearce took gifts and trips from the Fiesta Bowl committee for a few years and never reported them on his taxes. He stated that he repaid the committee for these trips/gifts over the years that he wrote checks for. To date, he has yet to produce any checks. Though amount for the gifts and trips was not large, this gave the anti-Pearce people and excuse to go after him.

2) Some of Pearce’s campaign team put up a “faux” candidate (Olivia Cortez, who speaks broken English) on the ballot in hopes of siphoning votes from Jerry Lewis, making sure Pearce would be reelected. This was brought to court and the judge determined that this candidate was a fraud. She withdrew from the race prior to the end of the trial, though her name was left on the ballot since they were already printed.

3) Phoenix radio talk show host, Barry Young, had a gripe against Pearce for this, the Cortez issue, and a birther bill that Pearce introduced in the state legislature, stating that Pearce was wasting the legislature’s time and not taking care of the economic problems plaguing Arizona. Mr. Young and his female co-host threw their program and support behind Jerry Lewis. Young says he is conservative but is about as conservative as his political hero, John McCain.

4) Jerry Lewis, a former educator, has some problems of his own but none of these problems ever came out from the media. One such problem is that he was taking items donated to the school that he was principal of and selling the items meant to be given to the kids of the school (backpacks, supplies, etc.) and no accounting as to where the money went from the sales. A lawsuit is in the court system against Lewis right now but has not gone to trial yet.

Although I voted for Pearce, he shot himself in the foot with the Fiesta Bowl controversy and the Olivia Cortez issue. Now, we have a liberal disguised as a Republican.

Pats on November 10, 2011 at 10:41 pm

The Olivia Cortes campaign might have been a dumb idea-if it was thought up by Pearce supporters it definitely backfired-but in terms of dirty pool it’s pretty thin gruel. The truth is that his defeat was cooked up over a year in advance by union hired guns, La Raza cheerleaders and corporate interests aghast at the concept of hiring American citizens.

The fact that they couldn’t run an honest, open borders Democrat against Pearce, and instead had to troll for a fake Republican who lied through his teeth about what he was, demonstrates how out of step these open borders fetishists are with the average Arizonan. The ex post facto narrative of this being an affirmation of unfettered immigration is merely a replay of what happened in California, post-Wilson.

Gerard on November 11, 2011 at 4:05 am

I agree, Gerard.

Pats on November 11, 2011 at 9:21 am

Debbie, I’m so glad you mention the Mormon Church. Out here in the West, if you live in and around Mormons, it’s common knowledge that the LDS consider ethnic minorities like Native American Indians and anyone south of our border to be the “Lost Tribes of Israel”. And that it’s church policy to help as many of them as they can to immigrate into Utah and America.

Arizona, being fully infested with this ridiculous cult, has a lot of pressure internally to fully obliterate our borders so there’s a free flow of Lost Tribes back and forth for the sake of the Church.

Not kidding. They’re dead serious about it.

Jack on November 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

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