This is exactly the kind of nonsense Schumer was hoping for when he called these sham hearings.
Via Washington Examiner:
Arizona’s illegal immigration enforcement has caused the murder of Latinos in the state, an Democratic state legislator argued during a Senate hearing today.
“Juan Varela, a United States citizen who gets in an argument just days after Governor Brewer signs the bill and violence occurs and Mr. Varela is dead over Senate Bill 1070,” state Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Ariz., told Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., today. “These are the unintended consequences that come from legislation where the state tries to fix what is ultimately a federal immigration problem.”
Gallardo does not regard Varela as an isolated incident. “Senate Bill 1070 and laws like it have fostered and legitimized vigilante movements responsible for violent and sometimes lethal attacks on Latinos,” he said.
Varela’s murder did take place after SB 1070 was signed into law, but “police initially characterized the shooting as the result of a drunken or longstanding dispute between neighbors,” The Arizona Republic reported.