Deportation Airline Bankrolling Steve Pearce’s Campaign

New Mexico In-Depth just revealed that Republican gubernatorial nominee Steve Pearce has taken $31,500 from former Republican Party of New Mexico Chair Allen Weh, his wife Rebecca, and CSI Aviation, their business which has had “hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts with [ICE’s] office of Detention Compliance and Removal,” and currently has similar contracts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that may include the transportation of undocumented children around the country.

“We already knew that Allen Weh was making big bucks farming the federal government.  Now we know that those profits are coming from deportations of kids and families and he’s funneling some of those profits directly into Steve Pearce’s campaign. Is this why Steve Pearce was silent for so long as Trump tore children out of the arms of their families at the border and why he wants to deport DREAMers?” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “If he has any respect for New Mexicans, Steve Pearce will give back the money from Deportation Air immediately.”

Pearce wants to forcibly deport New Mexico’s DREAMers.

2013: Pearce voted to begin the deportation of 800,000 DREAMers and votedagainst 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]

When confronted by his DREAMer constituents, he runs away.


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.’”

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