Author of anti-immigrant law in Arizona is removed from office

Russell Pearce, the Arizona Senate President and author of the anti-immigrant bill S.B. 1070, was ousted from office in the Tuesday, Nov. 8 election.

The impeachment of the state senator is the result of an intense community campaign to remove him from office.

In July of this year, the group Citizens for a Better Arizona collected more than 10,000 signatures to oust Pearce from his seat in Mesa, Arizona.

Pearce, a Republican, lost the election called on his recall. He will be replaced by Republican Jerry Lewis, who won the election with 53% of the vote. Pearce won 45%.

Lewis, who speaks Spanish, said he will be more moderate on immigration and said undocumented immigrants should have the opportunity to live and work in the United States.