Gallardo invited to testify before US Senate panel

By The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) State Sen. Steve Gallardo has been invited to testify before a U.S. Senate committee about immigration enforcement on the day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments over Arizona's 2010 immigration law.

The U.S. Senate's subcommittee on immigration, refugees and border security will hold a hearing on April 24 to examine state and local governments enforcing immigration laws.

Gov. Jan Brewer was invited to testify, but declined the offer.

The governor has said it would be inappropriate for her to speak to Congress right before the Supreme Court is poised hear her appeal of a ruling that put the law's most controversial elements on hold.

Former Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce, the architect of Arizona's tough immigration enforcement law, will testify before the committee.

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