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July 5th, 2010
09:47 AM ET

Training Video: How to Avoid Racial Profiling

A training video is helping police officers in Arizona as they implement a new immigration law. The law requires officers to question the citizenship of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant.

The 90-minute video explains the law and how officers can avoid racial profiling. Critics say it’s impossible to form a “reasonable suspicision” about a person’s legal status- without taking race into account.

Proponents say nothing in the law allows racial profiling.

We want to hear from you. Watch the video and then tell us what you think. Do you think it will help prevent racial profiling?

Leave us a comment. We’ll share some of them in the CNN Newsroom. We also asked Former FBI Assistant Director Tom Fuentes to weigh in. He's watched the video and will join us at 12pm ET with his take on whether it is or can be efffective at preventing racial profiling.


Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Theodore

    This government is too much in peoples' business, It's like a police state, constantly dictating, and they take the fun out of life now a days, I mean, we can't even go to the beach without people screaming at you that you're doing something wrong, this government doesn't own the lake, the earth does, it's here for everyone.

    They should regulate illegal immigrants, give the illegal immigrants a chance to prove they can become citizens, allow them to study our history, take pride in our country, and if they can pass the government test to become a citizen, then allow them, if they can't, then they need to go back to their own country. Because this country was founded on illegal immigrants and to deny someone access to our country is ludicrous!

    They send all of our jobs over seas anyways, you call on the phone to some business and you can't even understand what the person is trying to tell you (I just ask for someone who speaks English, cause i'm not gonna rack my brain trying to figure out what that person is saying.)

    July 5, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  2. Bob

    All the lobbyists and being politically correct should not even be addressed in this situation. 99.9% of the people coming into this country illegally are from Mexico. Stop all of the racial profiling bunk. These people have drained our systems long enough. It's time to get them out of here before our whole country just crumbles.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  3. Jason

    I remember when training videos for tazers came out, and abuse still occasionally resulted.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  4. chris

    This video won't help, racist will exist till the world has peace and we know peace is never going to happen. If we look back at history you really think the usa would of look into the killings in mississippi If that white or cacuisn was not killed. I really doubt it.

    And for Jan brewer to even say people who across the line are breaking the law. she is breaking her own law for being judgmental and racist to Hispanic. The usa needs to look into a way to see if people are illegal or not. but discrimination is not the way to go. We are going backwards not forward.

    Chris,dover nh

    July 5, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  5. Karen

    It is about time we go back to securing our boarders. If someone is here illegally they are breaking our laws. I don't care what race they are. If we are in a foreign country we must be on alert that we are not citizens and have no protection. Why do they have protection if they are not citizens and are here. . Live in CA have for 28 years and I am tired of the dialogue with no solutions.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  6. Chris from Royal Oak

    Hey Tony,

    I do think that the police video will provide some direction to the rank and file poliemen and women whom we expect so much of. We must remember, however, that these are ordinary folks, like all of us and there will be mistakes made in protocol.

    It's easy for those in the northeast (traditional power centers in the U.S.) to criticize that which the people of AZ have mandated, in lieu of NOTHING being done at the federal level. However, we must put ourselves in their shoes and not let this issue get bogged down in the overplayed race card quagmire.

    Chris

    July 5, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  7. Janet P

    I think this video shows that Arizona is doing everything humanely possible to enforce the law in a non-discriminatory fashion. There will surely be those who will try to 'set them up' and a pox on them. If an apb is put out that a 6'2" blond-haired man just robbed a bank, officers don't set about stopping 5'4" dark haired men to catch the suspect.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  8. Ruilt

    Sorry but doubt anything they do is gonna prevent this law from instigating racial profiling. One of the key things for them to look out for is dress, what's to stop them from targeting any latino/hispanic looking people who come out of goodwill or thrift shops? And no matter how much they say its not about race, unfortunately they need a dose of reality, since i doubt they're gonna be looking out for those from countries other than mexico after all.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  9. Jim Botuchis

    Everyone wants a solution to illegal immigration but when AZ provides one, the liberals come out of the woodwork to cry about how unfair and racist this will be. Why doesn't everyone just wait to see if any racism occurs and then deal with the issues not the paranoia.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  10. Betty Krambs

    Was born in the United States (Columbus, Georgia), blue eyed, blonde (or was, now gray) and I get asked for my I.D. at the bank, at the grocery store, at DMV, at Social Security offices, etc., etc....all the time...So why should "illegals" be treated any differently. .Am wondering what everyone is so incensed about....if they're legally here, fine, in not, then the immigration laws should go into effect...Illegal immigrants are already breaking the law and is a slap in the face of all those who have come to this country, legally sought citizenship, so this citizen says, "Go, Arizona" and about time.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  11. Penny Godinho

    There is no way a video can change what goes on in the head a a rogue policeman. Most are honest and do their jobs for the good of the community. But say what you want it is a racist bill. Who orchestrated it???

    July 5, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  12. Nancy J. Wood

    I don't see anything wrong with the training video. Everyone makes too much out of everything anyone says any more. Arizona has worse problems in some respects with illegal immigration than some other places, so maybe it is hard to understand if you aren't in the midst of the problem. What fits in some other place may not fit in Arizona and vice versa.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  13. Rob in Wisconsin

    Hey Tony,

    I've determined that those claiming the Arizona law will be used to racially profile individuals must be either illiterate or just plain stupid. This is NOT about what a person looks like as there are numerous individuals from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds who are guilty of either breaching our borders illegally or over staying their visa's. Mexican Hispanic's just seem to be the most vocal about making these unfounded claims simply because there are so many of them here in the US making demands. We do NOT owe them anything as they came here to TAKE without asking and without ANY form of documentation to show that they remotely care about our laws or the very strong opinions of the majority of American citizens.
    Activate E-Verify and force them ALL to repatriate back to their countries of origin on their own and without taxpayers being burdened with the expense of deportation!!!

    July 5, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  14. steve

    Racial profiling? That is hilarious.....

    What idiocy this society has come to to avoid making someone "mad". It is sickening to watch some of the illegal alien supporters use the "racial profiling" excuse to allow even more illegals into this country.

    Enough is enough....We need to use common sense instead of political correctness for a change.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  15. Scar1

    Illegal means just that. Crime. Wrong. Get that through their thick heads!!! We have laws and processes to use to become citizens and legal ones. They want to avoid the process and the laws. This is why Mexico is so corrupt. They ignore law.

    Haitians coul not come illegally-they turned boats around and we watched people drown. Blacks were bought here against their will but, eventually became citizens legally. So, what makes these people so special they can avoid the laws of the US?

    Profiling will occur. They will find some dumb reason to harrass those who actually are citizens here and somehow bypass the illegals. Then, what the hell is wrong with Immigration and Border Patrol agents-on the take-payoff??? What! There are checkpoints so, what is the problem? if they do not go through checkpoints, shoot them-point blank or set up court on the border and deport them to other South American countries bet that will get attention then.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  16. warriorprincess

    The Arizona law is not any different from the federal law.
    The training video is intended to avoid discrimination.
    If I am stopped for a traffic offence, I have to produce a valid driver's licence and that is not discrimination. If one has nothing to hide, they will not object to producing a valid ID. As long as everyone is treated the same, not matter what the skin color, what is the problem?

    July 5, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  17. Anna of Arizona

    It is just common sense, if you put state, city and county police in charge of enforcing that a certain race of people do not come into our countrry illegally from our southwestern border, they have to include the profile of being of being Hispanic. Duh! I also notice that the training video spends more time on how not to be accused of profiling, not actual profiling.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  18. Bob

    1) Racial profiling is a natural and normal process, especially as a defense mechanism. Jumping to conclusions from the results of that thought process is of course to be avoided. Example: If a serial rapist is active in a town or city and his race is known, it is absurd to conceal the race in cautions to the public.
    2) Arizona acted because the the federal government has not. I believe Arizona had the right to do that, and as much as I admire Obama I believe he is wrong to criticize (and to initiate a suit against) Arizona.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  19. gary

    hey! tony i fill that arizona police training does not show racism at all and other state show adopt to their procedures and maybe just maybe put this to many illegals under control. credits say they come over to work but theres no job. we should claped down on employers who employe illegals thank you .

    July 5, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  20. Shawn from Arizona

    If your here illegally than you should be arrested, and deported. It is impossible to determine if someone is legal or illegal depending upon the race of an individual. The easy solution is to verify the residency of every person detained without regard to the color of their skin. If stopped by a law enforcement officer for speeding the first four questions should be DL, Insurance, Registration, and Nationalization. If a person can not verify their nationality, (most of us cannot) that verification should be performed by the officer and or a court date set up to verify nationality. If the individual does not report to court that a bench warrant should be issued.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  21. chris

    Whatever happen to the song to "this is your land this is my land" i think a lot of usa people forgot we made this country to share land not tell people to get out.

    Many people only whine cause there have no jobs.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  22. Ken in NC

    Racial profiling comes from the heart, the same place the racism comes from. You can't stop it. A law made segregation but racism lived on. It's in the person. Many officers will do it properly, however those select few will knowingly and with a hidden pride use racial profiling to enforce the law.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  23. walt

    I think we should apply the logic used to protest this law across the board with all criminal laws. Just like the Arizona law, other laws don't say that race is a factor in determining if a crime was committed, but the police offers "could" still use race as a factor. Since the police "might" consider race when enforcing other laws, we should all protest until the Federal Department of Justice and the country of Mexico bring lawsuits against all 50 states. We wouldn't want any laws on the books if the police enforcing them "might" go against policy/law and use race as a factor. Maybe the DOJ/Mexican lawsuit will get laws against murder, drug dealing, rape, theft, assault and drunken driving off the books because we just think a cop "could" still use race to determine if a crime was committed—and we wouldn’t want that.

    July 5, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  24. Tony J.

    This "training video" is just PR fluffing.Why show this to the public? The people they seek to catch won't see it. Only the future actions of AZ will tell if this is a racially motivated bill. I mean, if it's not pointing to Mexicans but, immigrants in general. We should see some Thailand, Koreans, Arabians, African immigrants getting captured also. Honestly, AZ doesn't have the money or the man power to properly inforce this bill.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  25. Ransome

    Arizona's new immigration law is focused on illegal immigrants of hispanic origin, and does not take into account that there are illegal immigrants from all countries in Arizona. So while the police are busy chasing after the latino commuities, those illegal European immigrants, for example, have no concern and no fear of being caught. So clearly, the law is racially biased, and suggests there is a tolerance for illegal immigrants of non-hispanic origin.
    The law once enforced will forc illegals to move out of Arizona, resulting in a loss of inexpensive labor which will have a negative impact on Arizona's economy. Also bear in mind that these illegal immigrants who are very good at managing money have better credit than the average Arizonian, and the banks in Arizona will feel the pinch. Mark my words.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  26. chris

    Betty Krambs- first of not everyone has a drivers licenses and second you don't carry your papers to prove your leagl like ss# etc... this is the problem right here.

    third is the law to ask for an id or a from of an id. 1. to make sure if your old enough 2. to make sure its YOU.

    you can't compare this to legal documents. that be you carrying your ss infomation around which in fact the usa states not to.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  27. kaytie

    I thinkthe AZ Immigration Bill is Fantastic. Gov. Brewer finally took action when no one else would.. Hooray for her. All states should follow and President Obama should also. the only people hollerin about profiling are the illegals here. We should not offer amnesty and i will vote against it. My Dad fought in WW II for me and my children and other U.S. citizens not illegals and their children. The training video is excellent if that will shut the whiners up

    July 5, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  28. Jerry

    Of course the video will help the police to avoid so-called racial profiling. If the criterion for enforcing a law is that the law will never be abused in its application, then we couldn't have any laws, aince any law might sometimes be wrongly applied. If someone wrongly applies the law, then deal with that incident; most of the time the law can be properly applied by well-trained police officers.

    "Illegal aliens" are not a race. If your house is invaded by ants, you're not "profiling ants" when you go after them; you're going after what is invading your house.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  29. Birhanu Dererei

    The training video can't prevent racial profiling. The reasonable suspicions they say can be a crowded car or a person that doesn't speak English. That is by itself racial profiling. In all honesty, does anyone think white boys going home from a party on a Friday night in a crowded car will be asked for their proof of legal residence? None of the police would. But if those folks are hispanic, they ofcourse will be asked for the proof of legal residence.

    The training videos try to take the blame from the politicians and make it the Police versus the public. The police officers have nothing to do with it. They're there to enforce the law and unfortunately it's that ridiculous law they have to enforce over there. The police officers are clean from it all. But the politicians, knowing they aren't to be exempted from scruitny, make the issue a police versus the public. It is a shameful thing they have done.

    The only way they say that it's not racial profiling is by holding this clause "Racial profiling does not refer to the act of a law enforcement agent pursuing a suspect in which the specific description of the suspect includes race or ethnicity in combination with other identifying factors. ". in here the profile of the suspects is clear but too much generalized. Most are latinos. So they intend to targets all latinos for this purpose.

    This law will break the trust between the community and police which is very essencial to the policing job. The lives of Police officers will be at risk. It even makes the community to hide other criminal groups because the trust is broken. It is a Sad thing to see. There's nobody except the Indians who can claim America as a country of their ancesters. America is the land of freedom. This law is unAmerican. It's an embarassment to America.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  30. Steve in Florida

    Let's be honest. Racial profiling will have to be used in Arizona to decide who should be asked to prove their citizenship. Does anyone think a pickup truck carrying a group of blonde Caucasians would prompt a law enforcement officer to ask for their papers?

    Enforcing the law puts the police in an untenable position. In order to be effective in implementing the law they will have to make a decision in the field if someone is likely an illegal alien. The only way to pull that off would be for an officer to review a written transcript of responses to questions while not looking at the people. That is an absurd idea but indicates the insurmountable problem created by the Arizona legislature. This law falls into the category of "It may not help the problem but it feels good doing it".

    There is an illegal immigration problem but doing something because it feels good removes attention and resources that could be used to actually address the problem. Let's start treating the disease and not just the symptoms.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  31. threyarng

    I believe we should all be required to have proof of citizenship on our persons at all times. There should be routine "stops" like we have for DUI's where they request all to show proof of identity – irregardless of race or skin color.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  32. Tom Wright

    We live in Southern California and routinely see the Border Patrol on the side of the freeway. If they are not profiling, what are they doing. Law Enforcement officers are busy enough without having to illegally profile.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  33. Mike

    If we, Americans cannot go into ANY other country without several forms of ID, which we have to keep on us al ALL times, why do we allow others to come into our country illegaly to live work and get assistance?

    July 5, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  34. andrea

    your guest stated that no one ever had to show papers in the history of this country. Not true. Freed slaves had to show papers and some were still put back into slavery

    July 5, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  35. Jackie

    Arizona is on the right track. Also your FBI agent was wrong! In 1920 in Roosevelt's speach he invited all to come to America, under the circumstance that they accept the US Flag, the English Language and become a Legal Citizen and be able to prove it. People need to look at thier history books.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  36. Dale A

    Your guest commentator said no time in US history has been required proof of citizenship. This is not true. For those of us who travel abroad and those of us in the military the last 40 years have had to provide proof of ID, i.e passports and military ID with travel orders.
    Citizens have had to provide passports to other countries and reentering the US.
    The defiance of the US law concerning having documentation is no different than entering th US thru major border connections where cars are inspected and documents checks...so what is the big deal about checking them inside the US.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  37. Barry

    You just had a man on telling America, never in the history has it been required to carry a I.D.. I am a 48 yr. old white male & the city I live in, it is the law to have a I.D. on your person at all times. If you are a legal citizen of our country, & have the proper I.D. then there is no fear in walking the streets in Arizona, the people that are mostly against these new laws are those who are in our country illegally.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  38. Matthew

    I live in Texas and in rural areas the border patrol has check points in land away from the boarder where they stop everyone and ask for proof of citizen ship I.e. Your drivers lincese and proof of vechile registration... I feel the Arizona law is just extending this checking process to the state/local police....what's the big deal! Nobody is/has questioned these mandatory traffic stops in Texas!

    July 5, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  39. Baki

    Tony,

    I am surprised your guest, as a law enforcement officier, didn't mention that that 15 year old youth would need to carry his green card with him. I carried my greencard with me from 1967 to 1983 when I became a citizen. It amazes me how this law has been protrayed. given that my parents in the 60's/70's made it very clear to me that if i was found without my green card i would be in quite a bit of trouble.

    Why does it seem so hard to enforce the federal law on the books. If we don't think the law is appropriate than repel the law. It really is not hard.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  40. Tom

    Hey Tony,

    My question concerning the illegal immigration issue in Arizona is this: How would the resolution be any different from the State’s approach if the federal government did their job and enforced the current laws?

    July 5, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  41. Bob

    Tom Fuentes may be correct when he says that at no time in the history of the US did a US citizen have to show proof of citizenship....but Mr. Fuentes, who has spent 29 years in the FBI, surely must know that all legal resident aliens are required by US law to carry their resident alien (green cards) at all times. His statement is misleading.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  42. Janet P

    We must have priorities and act in a manner that promotes the greater good. Illegal immigrants are adversely affecting our security, our economic welfare, and our right to the peaceable enjoyment of our property. If a few legal citizens get stopped and inconvenienced then just deal with it. It might be a temporary necessary evil until we get control of this problem. I don't think legal citizens will object if they realize that it is helping to combat the illegal immigrant problem.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  43. Lee harte

    What happened to the same law in Virgina passed 2 years ago? The VA law is almost identical to the new one in AZ. We have to do something about so many illegals here I came here legally and have no respect for those who don't. Collect benefits, send money back home which does not help our economy!!!!!! The employeers should be punished for hiring them...

    July 5, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  44. Ryan

    I think it is time everyone takes a step back and truely looks at the problems facing America. Arizona is taking a look at a problem that faces America. There Leaders have seen there is a problem and are trying to do something about it. This is not about racism this is about people who dont feel they have to enter this country legally. Why dont people take a look at the laws of Foreign Nations and realize the law in AZ is not as strong as many Nations. Az law is fair and have respect for our Law Enforcement Officials. Thank You to AZ for seeing the problem and trying to do something about it

    July 5, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  45. Magik

    Thanks for the piece on immigration with the law enforcement officer..He has a valid point about putting the issue in the laps of the officers....However the average officer is not going to drive down the street and check the papers of 15 year olds as he suggested....I believe it will be used as it should when encountering a van load of illegals .....To detain and deport.....Too bad the federal government won't do their job.....You would think Napitano being from that state it would get priority.......Not so......Law enforcement ???

    July 5, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  46. Dee

    My grandfather came here LEGALLY from Cuba. My father (as a child) came here LEGALLY from Cuba.

    My grandfather served this country as a civilian employee of the Army , and served in Japan as an interpreter following WWII. In fact, he was one of the first people into Japan after the bombs were dropped!

    My father served this country in TWO wars. WWII and Korea, as a Navy radioman.

    It is a total INSULT to my family for anyone to come here ILLEGALLY, and to expect to be treated as if they had not broken any laws.

    As far as I am concerned ANY illegals are just that, illegal ALIENS,
    NOT "immigrants".

    My father and grandfather were IMMIGRANTS, because they emigrated to this country LEGALLY!!!!!

    To all the ignorant folks who think the illegals should be allowed a 'path to citizenship' or should receive any kind of benefits or a right to a job, I say, GET OUT. Your path to citizenship was to follow the law. You have not earned it. Get out of my country. Go home.

    And to those who hire the illegals, IMHO you should be deported and stripped of YOUR citizenship! You don't deserve to live in America!

    July 5, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  47. Ramiro Ray Guerrero

    As a Latino living in the U.S. for over 50 years I can tell you with certainty that the essence of SB 1070 is racism. In spite of the fact that most American's will justify their stand of support as being a "legal issue" and one of "security" the reality is that they resent Latinos much in the way they have always "hated" blacks. As such, Latinos look to our laws to promote a sense of "non-discrimination" if not acceptance. Let me also qualify this statement by suggesting that the majority of Americans actually are "tolerant" and accepting of people of color, however, the outspoken minority generally carry the news as well as elections and a mass movement to change this scenario is needed before America destroys itself. Hatred leads to violence and violence to destruction.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  48. Donnie

    Ever noticed that those who think racial profiling is fine are those who would never be a victim of it?

    July 5, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  49. julie rodriguez

    I am surprised by your guest comment that teen-agers
    don't carry ID. If you travel – you must carry an ID card
    (State ID card, passport, etc). In today's world where
    security rules.... things have changed for all of us.

    I agree something must be done when things are
    illegal... I am sorry illegality is an issue.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  50. Don

    I only caught the last moment of the gentleman talking about the AZ police training video, but his comment about needing your birth certificate on your person and that it has never been required to have such paperwork is silly. It is law, at least in the states I have lived in, that if you are at least 18 then you need to have proof of I.D. on your person.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  51. Herb Townsend

    I find it difficult to believe that not one single network news organization has looked into Arizona's record for prosecuting businesses who hire illegal aliens.

    As for being forced to "show my papers," welcome to fascism. Does no one see where this is leading?

    Are internment camps next? Why not round up everyone who looks different and let Sherrif Joe house them in tent city?

    Yeah, something needs to be done. We need to enforce the laws we already have in place, not pass new ones to look good for re-election time.

    It's time to stop all the crazy rhetoric and really think about what we're doing before we turn this wonderful land of the free into a fascist state. As for looking at their history books, it's time we all looked at history real closely. Stop before we go too far.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  52. Carter

    Of course it won't help. I'd hope cops are different, but somehow I feel they're not much different from the rest of us who half-sleep through safety trainings then lift too much, etc. For a more sinister example, every workplace I've ever been in has had anti-sexual harassment trainings, and rampant sexual harassment. Let's not pretend that videos are going to stop structural sexism, or racism. Repeal the law.

    July 5, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  53. Neal Sickles

    Let's talk about hypothetical situations. What about a father and wife who have a child born in this country? The parents in this case are illegal and the child, of course, is a legal U.S. citizen. What happens to this family? What about the multitude of employers that will lose hardworking employees because of a law like this. I believe this law is too severe. Illegal immigration is a problem, obviously, but if this person has a legitimate job then they should be subject to a work visa. He and the rest of the family members would be able to apply for citizenship and attend mandatory training of the English language.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
  54. David from Charlotte

    Theodore, your saying that America was built by "illegal"..immigrants; are you for real? I can understand those coming across our borders to seek a better life. But, to do so illegally not only sets a precedence for further illegal activity, but is costing america dearly everyday toward bankrupting the country while coping with the bad behavior from illegal's. Conerning giving our policemen and women the added tools of training videos showing more and fairer ways in racial profiling is a win-win situation. Their jobs are hard enough as it is, and giving them more training in any respect makes us a better nation. But, the idea of our country being build with "illegal" immigrants is total hog wash!

    July 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  55. Carol Keeler

    Nearly all coverage of Arizona's immigration law omits the FACT that NO ONE would be asked about their immigration status unless they are CAUGHT COMMITTING A CRIME.

    The FBI guy who claims to have read the bill should be ashamed of himself for misrepresenting it by saying a 15 year old kid "out playing" could be asked to produce documents. Puh-lease!

    July 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  56. Kent

    It amazes me that some officials state that nobody needs papers to be in the USA. People who are in the USA as PERMENANT RESIDENCE status MUST carry a card with them as part of their indentification.
    My wife and I were told by Homeland Security that she needs to have that card with her at all times. She is asked for it when traveling out and back into this country.
    I feel that MOST police officiers are dedicated and good and don't use racial profiling. Today if you stop someone, they'll scream racial profilling to try to get out of what they have done wrong. If an officer stops someone and thay are asked for ID and they've nothing wrong what's the problem with showing ID and moving on.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  57. bubster45

    I live in a small city and it's worse because i can't get a job because employer's are not hiring legal workers their hiring illegals because they don't have to pay them higher wages.I like the Arizona's immigration law'.because they are taking it their way.Because the federal government is not doing their jobs to enforce it,I thank all states should take the arizona's immigration law's.because we do not know those people who are coming into the united states illegally who can do us harm.I'm not a racist.i'm a patriot of this great nation of our's and stand by my flag and the freedom of the united states of america!

    July 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  58. taka

    Nothing wrong with the training Video. The video clear all information what the police officer should do.
    The people are visiting in US require to carry passport any where we go. Why the people argue about it.

    I think American people should know. People are coming in US illegally will cause or affect our life in many way in the future because; states and federal program are not require legal status to apply an assistance. Like WIC, hospital (community care), community college, park and recreation fee wave, so on. There are many way to receive assistant from public organization without legal residency. Those assistance supposed be for American and legal residents.

    ex: illegal immigrants parent have a baby in US, their children will be US citizen. The children have right to apply for Medicaid, free school lunch, food stamp, financial aid, public school so on. Those assistant money is coming from US taxpayer money.

    so many people who born in US are losing jobs and losing home they cannot get help from gov. it create a crime, robbery, fraud and violent to others.

    July 6, 2010 at 1:30 am |
  59. Angie

    What Republicans and Tea partiers do not want you to know. Republicans and Tea Partiers in Arizona are trying to pass new legislation that will eliminate Admendment XIV Section 1 of the 'Bill of Rights' which reads: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens to the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; Nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; Nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

    Dear Sweet Republicans and Tea Partiers becareful what you wish for because if you succeed in eliminating our Admendment XIV Section 1 of the 'Bill of Rights' which is the document that is an Admendment to the Constitution, you just might succeed in eliminating all USA citizens across this nation their Due Process of Law.

    July 6, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  60. gj

    The problem of illegal immigration is totally out of control. We have been lulled to sleep by the slow and steady acceptance of the migration of illegal immigrants into this country. It is a unfortunate that famillies and children are displaced and torn aprt by sending ilegals back to there countries but we have to do it now while we still can.

    July 6, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  61. Mike

    I have a friend at work who is a Mexican. His mother brought him here about 15 years ago, he then broght his hometown sweetheart from mexico and they now have 3 young children, to me that is a success story. But here is my problem: because he is mexican, he and his family get food stamps to buy there food, even though he makes good money. He can also get a education, for free, books, tuition free because he is a mexican. Your average american, born and raised here cannot. That to me is the real issue. All our money as a country go to more people that were not born here, and there the ones who could care less abouit America.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  62. Nancy from Texas

    It seems that Arizona has much more severe problems with the immigration issue than many of the other states, even other border states. The Federal government has not done what is necessary to control the border against drug cartels or immigration or anything else for that matter. And frankly, I see the government as basically useless on most vital issues these days. If the Feds had done their job in the first place, Arizona wouldn't have to make any new laws to try and control immigration if the Feds had done anything to control it. We are talking about serious problems in regard to immigration and drug cartels. So...in my opinion, Arizona has every right to protect its state, in lieu of the failure of the Federal government.

    July 7, 2010 at 11:12 am |