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May 2nd, 2010
05:55 AM ET

Arizona Immigration Law Redundant?

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  1. MarkS. Allen

    This is bringing The old South African Aparteid systems to the U.S. !

    May 2, 2010 at 6:35 am |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This sheriff must have family members that are illegal the governor will more then likely fire all that who do not act on the new law .

    May 2, 2010 at 7:27 am |
  3. Scott Stodden

    As much as I love everybody who lives in the United States wheather your an illegal immigrant or not we still have laws in the U.S. just like every other country does and the law says to be in the United States you must have proper paperwork or a green card that says your allowed to be here. The federal Goverment has done nothing for years when it comes to immigration and its only getting worse and worse, the law in Arizona that was signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer is a good law, she's protecting the people of Arizona and I find nothing wrong with that! Other states need to follow Governor Brewer's example that says if you look like an immigrant you are prone to be asked for identification, I guarantee the attempted bomb attempt in New York was committed by an immigrant who is not legal in the United States!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    May 2, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  4. Ernest Aviles

    Absolutely not. Just what this country needs to get things right for once on this issue.

    May 2, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  5. Gae

    Yes, they sould be able to speak English to pass a driver's test. If they can't speak English, how can they read the road signs. It is about time that American be able to keep ITS culture and traditions.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  6. trent

    Its about time someone steps up and deals with the immigration problem. Immigration is good if you do it the legal way but illegally is unfair to all who take the time to learn english and our history of this wonderful nation. I fell all the illegal immigrants need to be rounded up like cattle and taken back. As a nation we work to hard to let people just walk all over us. There is nothing more frustrating then trying to find jobs in this hard economy only to find that they are being taken by the illegal immigrant. Im all for immigration if you do it the proper way. The u.s is a mixture of diffrent cultures and everyone is welcome here just do it the right way so you can receive all that what makes the united states great. I apploud you arizone for stepping up and making a deal out of this. It has been a problem for a long time. Now we need to get all the other states to follow in your footsteps.

    May 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  7. Carl

    In thirty years McCain did nothing about immigration in Arizona and now he is running again to do more of the same. Stop him with your votes.

    May 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  8. Ana28

    I"m from a Latin country and didn't become a citizen till i was 17. My mom married in the military so i had a via. She took the test 3 months before my 18 birthday and we been in this country since i was 3yrsold. My grandma and right now my aunt had apply for a visa they done everything legally. But these people just walked across and demand rights. They put them selfs endanger by trusting people who are in it for the money and would abondon them in the wilderness. If you have proof your legal show it and be on your way. The drug war is getting bad and americans are getting killed! And there's little protection. All these states are against arizona but most don't deal with it. There are citizens who would even hurt illegals to protect themselfs. But if they cant deal with the law then someone make a new plan cause the old one isn't working. Here's a thought why not work on the hiring processe? Jobs are what attracts them. And penalize the companies who hire them greatly. They work for less than min wage, longer hours, work area that are dangours, and can't report abuse. And a little advise to those protesters your targeting yourself. By saying my parents are illegal and i need them. Immagration are watching and most likely there. Your labling yourself. Everyone makes a big deal about those sweat shops over seas. Hello we have them here to. Instead of getting rid of the new law improve it! Give alternitives.

    May 2, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  9. Anthony Kulikowski

    Iraqi Veteran 25yrs old and NOT a US Citizen – why do Americans run and hide all issues behind the consittution rather than seeing the real issue that times are changing. I feel that the Police should inforce Imigration Laws if the Federal government can't due to lack of people and funds. We need to stop hiding and work for a better USA rather than counter question new and last ditch efforts for illigals crossing over still post 911.

    May 3, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  10. Marie

    If it is so redundant and unnecessary why are people getting so riled up and protesting or boycotting? Perhaps it was meant to get the Federal government to take action. Perhaps it is just another legal layer of protection against being sued by someone. This sort of thing is caused by the actions of the peopleat which it is directed. Reports do not focus on the difficulties cause by illegals. Of course that is not politically correct.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  11. Marie

    I love the story about putting safety devices on the canal the illegals use to cross the border. Why don't we just have a ferry pick them up and help them cross, give them a few dollars so they can get a meal, maybe even build a little hotel (free of course) there so they can rest overnight before the journey onward?

    May 3, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  12. Carolyn

    What about the other side of the Arizona Immigration issues that CNN fails to mention.
    People dying on their own property, stolen ID's (I met an American Citizen who says his SS# was being used in 4 different states in 2008 simultaneously). The constant onslaught on our social services, county hospitals and schools.The inabilty of our elected officials to act.
    I don't want to see anyone get hurt but enough is enough.
    If 10 million people rob a bank- is it no longer a crime?
    My taxes keep going up while I struggle to pay my bills.
    We are all JUST trying to feed our families.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  13. Marilyn

    i am totally against this law it so racist

    May 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  14. Ben(California)

    No one can deny illegal immigration is a burden on America. Illegal immigrants cost Arizona's school system $820M a year not including crime, healthcare, etc. Whomever says its racist is ignorant and has not read the law. The law states and is very clear that they cannot use racial profiling at all. Federal law states that all aliens must carry their papers and that has been in effect for 60yrs. Not doing anything about is anti-american. People need to stop pulling the race card and actually talk about the issues.

    May 4, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  15. Randy

    This country will be the untied states of mexico with the help of our politicians and company's that hire them illegals. Wake up people.

    May 5, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  16. Trey M.

    Good job Arizona!!! Don't expect too many pats on the back for a job that's been long overdue. Illegal and legal Hispanics may think of this bill unjust but blacks been racially profiled from decades upon decades by law enforcement. With that said, welcome to what it is like to be African American in America. Stop complaining and have your papers ready!

    May 6, 2010 at 3:21 am |
  17. dave

    I think the issue is coming down to for ALL states, How can someone be illegally resident in their state? FEDS can build a moat and as long as there is something to look forward to on the other side, they will keep coming. Can a state harbor a fugitive? Interstate movement of illegal aliens is a Federal matter and violation of rights of those legally present is an issue of ALL Government. How could someone not legally permitted function in a state? States are designing systems that bypass the situation calling it a FED matter and ignore the states own responsibilities to protect those legally present from those illegally present. Most FED law is mirrored by the state. If not mirrored, the states support or assist except this issue. We cant allow state systems to be designed so one can illegally exist in the state. Until that happens, the FEDS will be at the miles and miles and miles of border trying to stop entry. That was me on my soap box.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  18. AZonie

    Please -at least try to appear unbiased.
    You refer to LaRaza – which means "The Race" in Spanish and is one of the most rabid pro-illegal immigration groups around. They are part of the group(s) demanding the return of AZ to Mexico. For them, it is The Race or nothing.
    How about the SUPPORT for AZ SB1070? NO profiling and NO race-baiting.
    An UNBIASED poll (from all over the USA) would be interesting.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:41 am |
  19. D.

    Are we talking about all the illegal people who have come into this country that are still here working and living amoungst us that society does not have a problem with because they look like the majority....or are we just focus on brown people??? I was raised that all people here are Americans...

    May 6, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  20. ROB

    it is interesting that people are yelling to support illegal aliens; i wonder how loud they would yell if they could check id's and their id
    showed up 10 to 15 times!!!!!!!!!!!!! they say we are a country of laws
    but for the last 20-25 years, they said forget the's
    talk about arizona not being soft like vote chasing politicians; it was a
    crime 20-25 yrs ago and it's still a crime!!!!!!!!!!!!! before anything!!!!!!!!!!
    close the border.....if i sneak in your house get fake papers and claim
    that this is my house, why are the vote chasers, amnesty givers and
    the free citizenship giveaway groups feel they have to check to see if
    the alien criminal rights are being violated???? the violation is: aliens
    crosses border for 20-25 yrs.......send home

    May 6, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  21. Smith in Oregon

    Yet another LOW even for Arizona:

    Arizona State Legislature has now banned all Ethnic Studies courses. It seems that fear mongering in Arizona has reached a new low. Arizona Bill 2281 is going to continue making Arizona the embarrassment of the United States and the World.

    Like the heavy handed federal ban on Native American culture being taught and supported in Public Schools in America for many years, Hispanics will not be ALLOWED to develop knowledge of their culture, stories, contributions and heroes.

    A professor in Arizona's school system who teaches Hispanic Ethnic studies relates, 'I suppose one could also say we must be doing something right or why would they be so afraid of us?'

    Indeed demonize an entire race or culture and then subjugate them with unjust laws and inhuman treatment generally follows afterwords.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:34 am |
  22. WhatNextNow

    If the Feds would do their job and Secure the borders for the Safety of this country, then there would be no need for this law, but those paid feds are NOT DOING THEIR JOB, period so Arizona and other states need to do it for them.

    May 7, 2010 at 7:21 am |