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July 29th, 2010
08:32 AM ET

Arizona Immigration Law: Rage and Relief

Some are shouting in rage while others are sighing with relief as sections of the Arizona immigration law go into effect today.

A partial injunction issued by the Arizona Federal Court yesterday blocked the most controversial parts of the law, including requiring police officers to question a person's citizenship status and requiring immigrants to apply for and carry papers.

It does allow the criminalization of hiring illegal immigrants as day workers and bans "sanctuary cities," or cities that do not enforce federal immigration law.

Many people are debating exactly what rights illegal immigrants do and do not deserve. But the courts are trying to determine who- the states or the federal government- has the right to draft immigration legislation.

We want to know your thoughts. Should Arizona continue its fight against the federal government?

Post your comments below and Josh will read some during the 10am and 11am ET hours of the CNN Newsroom.

Read more about the Arizona immigration law here.

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soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Gael

    Jan Brewer is a hero, in the face of Federal Govt incompetence and Judge Bolton's judicial activism she stands firm. Officers were killed and wounded by drug lords the day after the Judge's ruling. Were illegals involved? Statistically the probability is high. As the Federal Government took this to the court I would like to see Arizona and all other affected states sue the Federal Government for dereliction of duty, and reclaim all state expenses spent on the illegals in jails, hospitals, law enforcement, welfare, etc. The citizens of Arizona and all other states have a right to expect the Federal Government to protect our borders from violence, drugs, human trafficking and trespass.

    July 29, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  2. Barbara Johnson

    Arizona is one of many states which has always perceived itself as 'rough, tough' and ornery'. Some of the biggest government corruption cases have developed there. According to Joe Arpaio, the problem of illegal immigration has already been dealth with according to Federal law. There is an election...voila'! Attention needed to be drawn to the Republicans (again) to prove their 'rough, tough, ornery' attitude. Perhaps if the Corporations and the War effort weren't in charge of the general corruption in this country...there would be less of it in Arizona. Certainly the hiring of illegals...enticing them to jump the border and work for dirt cheap salaries...'come to America and get rich' the reason the problem has developed to its present capacity. Why can't people behave like animals?? (Animals are trustworthy, beautfiul and responsible).


    July 29, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  3. ApostasyUSA

    In many ways, illegal immigration has been more than allowed, it has been encouraged. We are dealing with very tough economic times. Because many are suffering the economic downturn they think it's fair to turn all that frustration on those less fortunate. Whom by the way, are here working hard and allowing for many Americans to have the lifestyle they think they deserve. How many of you bloggers would go work 8-10 hours while its 110 degrees picking watermelons?

    The reality; very few illegal immigrants are part of the Mexican mafia, very few illegal immigrants are criminals, and very few illegal immigrants get paid "under the table". Many illegal immigrants pay taxes and contribute to their communities by paying local sales taxes, taxes on service taxes, utilities taxes, etc. They pay towards your social security and Medicare, which they will never get to use.

    The problem is you, and/or the company looking for cheap labor.

    This is simple stuff people.

    Question: What state should have the right to stop people and ask them for ID based on the way they look?

    Answer: None.

    When did right-wing wacos take over America? They need to go away. I'm tired of them.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  4. Erich

    I feel AZ should continue to fight for their rights. AZ has problems unique to a having a border with another country. So that is why Washington DC doesn't understand the problems. Even the Homeland Security Head passed a law when she was Governor of AZ about immigration that was tough on illegals. She was protecting her people.

    You have to protect all people.. And this bill was supported by the people of AZ, so why not let it be..

    July 29, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  5. Paul Wilson

    Illegal immigration provides employers with a large pool of desperate workers with no legal protection and no way to organize into unions. When an employer hires an illegal immigrant, the employer gets someone who can't complain about abuse.

    It's a modern form of slavery. If you have seen illegal immigrants working and watched how they are treated by their employers, then you know that there are still unscrupulous people who love to abuse powerless people.

    It's a disgrace that this is still permitted in the United States. We can stop this with a simple two-fold effort: easing the restrictions on temporary, legal immigration and enforcing the existing laws that prohibit illegal immigration.

    Arizona is doing its part to stop illegal immigration. Now we need to find a way to bring people who want to work into the country and protect them from abuse.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  6. Kirk Patrick

    It goes without saying that all states should continue to fight the Federal Government who speaks only for the Federal Reserve, which is private. Most of Americans have made it clear regardless of what the treasonous judge said: Illegals go home.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  7. Ralph

    This country already has too many people living here. We encouraged immigration when the country needed to be settled. Times have changed. I don't want a billion people living in this country but I don't think the pro-immigration people will be happy until that happens.

    July 29, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  8. Mikey

    I think Senator MCCain and Govenor Brewer might look to STATE LAWS,that are not being enforced against EMPLOYERS while they waste taxpayer dollars chasing this NEW LAW through the court system. If there were no jobs here the attraction to cross the border illegally may be diminished.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  9. Ron

    Instead of always asking what damage this law is doing to the families and individuals, why not ask what they have done since they got here about becomming legal?

    Pleople say we are tearing families apart. Why havent the families tried to become legal before now? I was really astonished about the family that owned a gold shop. They had been here 18 years and had two children. The husband was a legal resident and the children were legal because they were born here. What about the wife. Why wasn't anything done during the last 18 years?

    I just want to know why we are even talking about reform AGAIN. Wasn't this something that was reformed in 1996? Then, we offered FREE legalization. Now we are say they need to pay to become citizens. Who is so naive to think that if they wouldn't take it free, they will pay. We will just be doing this again in a few years.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  10. Valerie A. Valdez

    Every country in the world has immigration laws. There is absolutely nothing wrong with America upholding its own. Matter of fact it's about time. When millions break a law, does not make it right.

    Illegals giving birth to babies (aka anchors) in America are breaking the law. Using their kids to stay in the country is a game they play - to circumvent the law. I say . . . 'you play, you pay'. No one is making families seperate. Take your kids with you.

    It is not 'racial profiling' when one race is obviously committing the same crime. Those who say it is, are simply wrong, Racial profiling is what Americans citizens are subjected to, even though they are not the sole race committing a crime. Is why so many white serial killers go undetected.

    Upholding America's immigration laws has nothing to do with human rights either. Every immigrant who comes here must go through a process no matter their race, or religion. Mexicans are not excluded from this.

    July 29, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  11. Riley Carruthers

    How many tourist that visit the Grand Canyon from all over the world have been asked to show documents that proves they are in the US Legally?

    July 29, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  12. Valerie A. Valdez

    American citizens marched on civil disabedience. Be legal first, then state your case.

    If I rob a bank, and get away with it, then caught 5 years later, do I get to go free - too?

    July 29, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  13. Ken in NC

    The court ruling is not about the law being right or wrong. The court ruling is about the legality or constitutional of the law as it is written. We put judges in positions to interpet our laws when needed and now when a judge renders a decision that is contrary to ones beleif then the judge is wrong. The sad thing is that it swings both ways. When a judge rules in favor of the Right the Left cries foul and when the judge rules in favor of the Left the Right cries foul. It has gotten to the point now that even in TV interviews one side fails to respect the other as they both try to talk over the eachother because they think their views are wrong. We are rapidly becoming a civilization of uncivilized people that have no respect for each other. It is a sad day for the human race.

    July 29, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  14. Donna L

    I listed to your interview with the Az State senator, who called the Federal Judge an activist, yet he is the one acting like an activist.

    My Husband is Native American & dark skinned (Often Mistaken as Hispanic) he works outside in construction trades, why should he be harassed by cowboy cops every time they decide he is illegal before ever making a stop. To make it clear I support Immigration laws being followed but I do not support cowboy cops & this law would of opened the door for cowboy cops.

    July 29, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  15. shawn McDonald

    This immigration race crap is crazy. I am Canadian and if I sneak across the border because I want to work in a warm place like Florida or Arizona and work illegally. They will not hesitate to arrest, detain, possibly imprison me and kick me out. How is that any different than an illegal working Mexican. Where are my rights, my free medical and education for my kids. Why do they have rights and I don't????

    July 29, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  16. vic

    If I am renting house they check my credit score and background (need ssn)

    If I am getting utilities in my name they check my credit score (need ssn)

    These small things keep illegal immigrants away from state who need the illegal immigrants Fat cats state like Arizona should get these fat cats not illegal Immigrants

    July 29, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  17. P. Tucker

    The segment you did on illegals working in the fields was not truthful. My sister worked as an employment specialist and together we attempted to get hired in the fields (we are Americans), we were denied employment because we were not fully bi-lingual. We even sent more Americans to apply and they too were denied employment. This was not even 8 yrs ago. So the saying that Americans "won't take these jobs" is not true, the farmers, or the person doing the hiring will not hire Americans.

    July 29, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  18. Cynthia

    It is absolutely mindboggling that when we talk immigrates, it is Mexican, Puerto Ricans, basically Hispanic.
    There are many cultures and people and this is America, we speak English! If you choose to come here then you choose to follow the countries rules and customs. The focus is skewed!!! We have other nations people waiting years to come to America. How about them! My child is of 100% Arab descent from her Father, and well me my line goes back to the Mayflower. Her Arab family has to follow a process so do the Mexican people. Also, my Arab relatives learn the language; children and parents as they know it is neccesary.
    I am sick to the point of disgust that immigration is about one culture, it should be about one country, AMERICA.
    If you came here legally then I stand strong with you, all cultures, if not get out of my country and come back when you have gone through the same process other foriegn nationals have had to do!
    Oh and discrimination ; not limited to Hispanics. My child has had to endure horrible words and sentiments about Arabs when 9-11 happened and she was a little girl with an Arab name. Students, teachers saying things like, kill all of them, all Arabs need to suffer, Yeah great way to hurt a little girl! Oh and she was born HERE. I could say so much more but really I would need a whole time slot! Like education and culture. And a huge pet peeve, why do we offer everything in Spanish and English, that is discrimination!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  19. Margaret

    The question is states rights vs. federal rights. Immigration is not into one state. This Union is made of fifty states. Emigration from another country and qualifying to enter this country means qualifying for all fifty states as they are united ergo United States. That makes this a Federal responsibility and decision.

    July 29, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  20. Ulysses McDowell

    AZ claims it created the new law because the federal government wouldn't do anything about the borders. So, I guess it's okay with them if people in AZ take the law in their own hands whenever they feel that their law enforcement officials are not doing enough to fight crime?


    July 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  21. John Andrews

    It is good that Judge Bolton is not using emotion and ideology to make her decision, but is applying the law. Now it is time for President Obama to take one more step and champion comprehensive immigration reform to fix what is broken.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  22. Ron

    Here is a idea. Since we as American citizens have lost our confidence in our elected officials (look what they did with Health Care Reform and Wall Street Reform), why not let our politicians write their version of "Immigration Law Reform" and let the "legal citizens" of the US vote on it?

    I ams o tired of hearing "if the republicans would vote on immigration reform or if the democrats would vote this way on immigration reform" would could get it passed. What does it matter what party you support, this is suppose to be for the citizens.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  23. kaycee

    why not give these illegal immigrants a way to be legal here then implement the SB1070? has anyone heard of "give and take" and "working together" for a better world? some americans are so selfish inspite of the fact that they cannot live without these illegal immigrants. besides harvesting your own fruits and vegetables to eat tomorrow, would you white people stay in somebody else's house for 24 hours to take care of somebody you don't even know, yet you only get paid for $60 for the whole 24 hours stay, without eating on time, not getting enough sleep on your own bed (or couch)?

    July 29, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  24. Ellen C-Z

    The Arizona law was passed on false premises–lies about economic impact of immigration and violence (remember the lies about beheading!). The Federal gov't is in the right here and Gov. Brewer should find another way to get re-elected besides stoking racial fears.

    We need a change, yes, a change from a national immigration system which ignores the bonds of families, punishes desperate hardworking people eager for new opportunity, feeds fear, prioritizes the desire of some white people to maintain power, and forgets that this nation was built by immigrants and our future will be built by immigrants.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  25. Bryant

    Listen to me my fellow Americans, and listen to me clear. The truth is often fluid, but it's taste is always solid!

    One of the Constitution's main clauses that pertains to this issue is that: Every state issue is a national issue, but not every national issue is a state issue. No one in North Dakota really cares about immigration, nor do they in South Dakota. What would it matter then, if the illegal immigrant could just move there to live and work? It solves nothing and only creates more conflict and disorder. The only way something like this can be constitutional is if there is a national law, but I doubt it would allow cops to ask anyone for their papers on mere suspicion without arrest ... I just happen to think King and Kennedy were too great of men.

    The law of man and nature has led us to develop the most civilized of history's nations. One idealized on freedom, diversity, and union, and protected by the strict sword of the Constitution. Our founding father's are responsible for it, and its brilliant construction deserves their status as living demigods in the minds of everyone in our country. We should not trample on that which sustains us merely out of passion and impulse, as they too have said, but rather on reason and humanity. But beware, for when such powers of passion are used to success, it often creates that seed which brings about it's demise!

    July 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  26. Sean B.

    Racial profiling is wrong. However, illegal is the key word here. The ones that are here illegally and who are trying or dreaming of becoming legal should be allowed to do so. They should be held to the same standards citizens are held to, including paying taxes.
    Those who are here illegally and don't have any motivation to become citizens or obtain a work visa should go home!

    It's plane and simple. If I or any other citizen were doing something illegal, we would be held to the highest extent of the law. Let's at least give them a chance to correct their situation. Our Federal govt. needs to step up to the plate. If they cant, then they need to stay out of the States business.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  27. Victor

    Criminalizing immigration in any way shape or form via local legislation is simply unconstitutional, unjust and impractical.

    Unconstitutional because it is federal jurisdiction. Period. Border enforcement and immigration is a matter of the federal government. That is simple and clear.

    Unjust – we are punishing people for pursuing a better life. We are punishing people for having no choice but to come here for progress because many of our international economic policies strangle the growth potential of the underdeveloped world. We are punishing people who come are active contributors to society. They pay taxes with every purchase and with every payroll check. We are punishing people who actually pay into a tax and social security fund yet will never actually access those benefits. We are punishing people who are doing the work needed at the wage needed to stay competitive on a global scale. Its unjust because its just against our values as a nation.

    Its impractical. We simply cannot afford to deport 11 million people. We simply cannot afford for these 11 million to not report a crime when the see one, not get proper licensing to drive and move about, etc. We cannot afford them to be afraid to see a doctor and only visiting an ER when they are grave and expensively ill. We cannot afford for them to walk around sick and infect the rest. We cannot afford the massive vacating of residences it would cause. We cannot afford loosing the amount of small businesses that have been created to cater to their needs. We cannot afford to loose their patronage of many services such as banking, telephone, etc.

    We need comprehensive immigration reform that has a multilateral solution to the economic troubles of the region. We need a comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship for the 11 million. We need reform that improves the efficiency of our border control (not militarization). We need to protect the rights of many american citizen children that are the offspring of the 11 million. Whether we like it or not those children are citizens and as such are entitled to full protections of our declaration of independence, our bill of rights and our constitution.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  28. chris

    Why doesn't CNN let the american people know what happens to illegals who sneak in to other countries and steal identities of the law obiding legal citizens of these other countries? You just had the opportunity to ask the governor of the state in mexico who lets most of these illegals in to america. I believe is some places the penalties are SEVERE and the frequency of these problems is very low.

    July 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  29. Anja

    I agree with P. Tucker and Valerie A. Valdez. Great comments!

    July 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  30. Mr. Eister

    Perhaps the judges, LAWYERS "AND" White House should actually READ the Constitution for the United States of America. So I don't need a passport to travel to Spain because it's not fair for ME to show my papers in a Foriegn country when asked? But then again I wouldn't committ a FELONY by sneaking into that country and taking jobs from the workers in their own country hmmm?

    July 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  31. chris

    What does the Mexican government do to an undocumented illegal alien who is caught in mexico carrying forged or stolen/false identification who has used this id to fraudulently gain employment and state benefits?

    July 29, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  32. ROB

    TOO BAD FOR ARIZ AND USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    the vote-chasers,amnesty intl and people like isabel garcia who would
    give our precious right of citizenship to any illegal immirgrant....i'm
    sorry you had her on your show, she turns my stomach every time i see her!!!!!!!!!!!!!a guest on cnn the other day said the only people who
    are not immirgrants are african and native's funny
    how illegal immirgrants try to use the 14th amendment which was voted on in 1868 and gave slaves citizenship; female illegal immirgrants sneak into this country have a baby and all of those people and groups who look for and use loopholes in the constitution,
    these illegal immirgrants babies are not citizens and they are not
    anchor babies, hopefully the gov will get to the U S supreme court,
    i can 't believe i am looking forward to this court, mostly after the corp
    deal...illegal immirgrant and their illegal children are not citizens....

    July 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  33. dave

    What part of illeagle do these people not understand? If i break the law I go to jail ,when these people break our laws by coming into our country illeaglly we reward them ,they are given jobs that could be done by americans,we give them food stamps,and free medical attention we also provide thier children with a free education .All this when our unemployment rate is higher than it's been in years .We have more homeless people than ever and there are children and families going to to bed hungry in our own country . It's time we wake up close our borders and deport every illeagle that we can track down.We also need to track down and prosecute the people who harbor, aid and hire any illeagle. It's about time america wakes up and takes care of our own .

    July 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm |
  34. Arlene Eck

    I'm disconcerted and angry that there are so many opinions about this law. Can giving our police the means to protect our borders really be shot down in court? It sounds like a lot of legislating from the bench. How exactly do illegal immigrants even have rights in our country? It's wrong. And, while I'm saddened by many of their (illegal immigrants) circumstances, I want them to understand that they don't have a say here in spite of all the protesting in the streets.

    July 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  35. Charmie91752

    Adding to previous post: My sister and I were about 11 & 12 when we took a summer job working in a NE corn field where the task was to dig up "voluntary" corn that would taint the purity of the Pioneer Seed.We were 2 of many white kids working summer work. We were paid $1.92/hr (ok, it was the 60s). We were driven from our home town, Savannah, MO, to fields somewhere north in NE.

    There were NO trees–or shade from grape vines. We had occasional water breaks and corn rows (corn about a foot tall) that created the classic diminishing perspective to a long, wide, straight-line horizon. It was overwhelming. The summer heat was very intense. Kids were throwing up, fainting, etc., but we ALL kept working.

    Although many kids today ARE spoiled and do not have to endure such a working life, don't blanket, stereotype all whites as lazy and not willing to do hard work. We ALL need money to live. Sheesh! Only people who have a good paying, white-color jobs would blindly think whites don't work labor jobs. And before discounting my words ab out white-collar, after finally getting an education while raising two kids by myself, did the chance for white-collar work become more possible.

    July 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  36. ron

    I think if you expect one class of people to abide by the law, you should expect all to abide by the law. The trouble with this illegal immigration thing is, people playing politics, as always. Sure this Illegal Immigration issue is a hell of a mess, but I think we should either enforce U.S. Immigration Laws or just say the hell with it. This is'nt about race, but instead, the effect illegal immigration is having across this country as a whole. Lets not loose sight of the issue. Illegal immigration is having a drastic effect on America. I don't support Arizona new Immigration Law but I do understand the urgent need to do something about the flood of illegal immigrants. If a person get caught trying to cross the Border, seems they're deported. But if you get pass the Border Patrol or over stay your Visa, you're rewarded with a Compassionate Pass to stay. The trouble with this illegal immigration thing is, Our Officials are talking out both sides of their neck. Everyone wants to do the Right Thing, but no one wants to make the tough choices, that is often the Right Thing. I don't think we should encourage illegal immigration, such as, you can stay in America if you gave birth to a child, why encourage bad behavior & loopholes to the Law. No one is denying citizenship, just do it the right way. Otherwise, let ICE & law-enforcement do their jobs. Sollution, raid all jobs for illegal immigrants, fine employers & let them foot the deportation cost, fine the renters & realtors that house illegals. Either you're here legally with proper documentation or you're not, if not, The Law say you have to leave. We shouldn't contradict or turn our back on America's Laws. Either enforce the law or tear down the Border.

    July 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  37. Norma

    I don't know what everyone is so upset about. If a person is doing nothing wrong, what do they have to be afraid of? If I were to get stopped by an officer, I know I need to show them my driver's license and proof of insurance. If it's a LAW to have certain documents with you all the time, then you should have the documents with you all the time. I am tired of watching broadcasts showing how bad the illegal aliens have it here in the U.S. and tired of hearing the interviews. One latino woman was being interviewed and she was so upset, because she has lived in the U.S. for 20 YEARS, and now she has children and grandchildren here.. I found it interesting that she has been here for 20 YEARS , STILL does not speak English and apparently never bothered to find out how she could stay here legally. Hum? Are these broadcasts meant to make us feel sorry for these people who came here illigally? They all knew they broke the law when they came here. They should either take steps to become an honest citizen, or go back to their native countries. They need to learn to pay all the same income taxes that we do, and the constitution needs to be changed to stop newborns from becoming automatic U.S. Citizens. Newborns should be put on the same list as their parents.

    July 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  38. Theresa Goldade (it's Russian German)

    Just watched your "interview" with JD Hayworth and I wish you would have allowed him to answer the questions put to him without interrupting.
    I agree with Arizona and it's residents and hope that other states follow suit. It is clear that our Federal Government wants the control of this issue, but they have failed miserably at inforcing the "Federal Laws" that govern entry into the US. I am also amazed that a group of people who are breaking the laws of this country by being here illegally seem to think that they are covered by the rights that the US Constitution affords "Americans" and therefore can protest in our streets. I am not only speaking of the Hispanic culture, but people of any culture that are in this country without entering "LEGALLY".
    These people may pay into our Social Security funds, however the cost of the other programs burdened by supporting illegal aliens outweighs this. In these difficult economical times the states of Arizona, Texas and California do not have the funds to support many Americans, let alone people who are here illegally.
    Make these people legal or get them out of this country!

    July 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  39. Truthseeker

    Italians were interned in the US also. They also had to carry documentation. Many Italians were called derrogative names like WOPs (without papers). Check out "Italian-Americans" in wikipedia. The history section is important. Scorsese should do a movie about this group's history in the US, besides the mafia. Italian-Americans should be against the new Arizona law, but unfortunately too many of them either don't know their ethnic group's history here, or they are in denial. Hate is wrong. Wake up! Educate yourself!

    July 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  40. richard stephens jr

    How can someone who is here illegal have rights in a country where they should't be in the first place!!! I believe that Arizona has the right idea. I am a hispanic looking truck driver, and no matter what state I go thru a port of entry or check point I am asked if I am an american citizen, and on occasion asked to show ID. This doesn't bother me at all. And at the end of every check I thank the Border Patrol for doing a great job and trying to keep our borders from being crossed by illegals!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  41. dredel

    I dont know how this has become an issue about how white Americans are bigots and hate Mexicans or Hispanics. I believe its more racist for Hispanic US citizens to get so infuriated against white US citizen. You should be just as annoyed as us. You pay taxes and have done what is legal and right to be in this country. Its not about race its about doing the right and legal thing. I think a law should be passed that EVERYONE who is pulled over, arrested or interigated has to prove they,re a US citizen. Then they'll be no complaints about racial profiling.

    July 30, 2010 at 12:47 am |
  42. Greg Carlton

    No! Arizona state government is made up of nothing but Republican cowboys trying to get re-elected. The time and money they have wasted on this is embarrassing. Arizona is one of the worst hide states in this depression and our leaders are dismantling and crippling our state economy every day. Our state government has let the people of Arizona down. We need to focus on the millions of legal residents first!!

    July 30, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  43. Dan

    I have absolutely no problem with anyone who enters our country legally and in fact I welcome it. That is what we are founded on and what has made us such a great country. But we are also a nation of laws that needs to be followed. Bottom line is they are illegals, not citizens and not entitled to any benefits or protections in the US. Doesn't the term illegal mean they are breaking the law? Why are we even considering their rights. They should have NONE! I find it insulting for people who have lived their whole life in the US as an illegal and did not have the respect to become part of our society. Well it works both way. We have no respect for you either.

    July 30, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  44. Dan

    One more point I would like to make about the Feds meddling in AZ's business.

    Why isn't there a law that states if the Federal Government cannot or will not fulfill their obligations that they relinquish their rights to control that law. Doesn't this just make sense? Arizona is just trying to protect itself. What the heck is wrong with that?

    July 30, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  45. Old Wise Man

    I do not believe in illegal immigration. However, there has to be a better way and that is to stop them at our borders; wherever they are from. The answer is not raiding neighborhoods, local businesses, and households. Additionally, there should be severe fines for businesses that hire them. The bottom line is, if they cannot be hired, they will not come here.

    SB1070 is a racist proposal. I'm a citizen, honorably served in our military for 20 years and settled in the Phoenix area shortly after my wife was done with her military commitment. We lived in Phoenix for about 4 years and in that time we noticed how racist many of the "older folks" were. Local business, especially restaurants are glad to take your money with a smile but employment opportunities, particularly non entry level positions are very difficult to secure if you are not white, even though you may have considerably more experience and education than the ones already working in these positions or doing the hiring.

    My wife and I decided to leave Arizona a few months ago and moved back to the east coast where we are from. It's a shame, we really wanted to love this place, but the racists want it all to themselves. Arizona has a long history of racism; they disrespect our President every time he visits there, the last state to observe Martin Luther King Day, and many other racial issues. This SB1070 is just another notch on Arizona's racist scorecard. It's not just about illegal immigration; it's about driving out anyone that does not fit into their demographic.

    Shame on you Arizona!

    July 30, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  46. Michael Hense

    yes... lets blame the illegals for the state of the economy, for the drugs coming across the border, for the terrorists sneaking in across the river... lets forget that the mojority of these people are merely looking for a better life... for a job... just like the grandfather and grandmothers of many of those who would say send em back to mexico... those same people whose ancestors came over here seeking the same things...

    funny... as one wall goes down in germany,another goes up in the US... of all places...

    just a thought...


    July 30, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  47. Phil in South Florida

    It is terrible that the Citizens of the United States must go to court to protect themselves from invaders(people, illegally entering any country). The U.S. of America has borders and laws just like every other country in the world.
    I have sympathy for these people coming here, ILLEGALLY for employment and, unfortunately, they can't get their own countries to achieve democracy.
    But WHY must the LEGAL Citizens fight amongest themselves to stop these people from coming here? We have the Laws written to enforce a LEGAL entry.
    We must support our States' rights as well as our Citizens' Rights.

    July 30, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  48. Randy

    we need to remember who is for American citizens, when it's time to vote. I'm hoping they are listening to us citizens, not criminals that cross our borders, that think we own them everything.

    July 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  49. Larry Thomas

    I always get a chuckle when I hear Calderon, et. al., complain when the U.S. tries to enforce its borders. My wife (of Mexican heritage) has relatives in Mexico, and we had to stand in multiple lines, present several documents, pay fees, and occasionally have our car searched when we travelled to Mexico every other Christmas over a period of twelve years.

    While I don't fault those who are trying to get a better life for their family by coming to the U.S., I believe they would be better served if Calderon worked to improve economic conditions in Mexico. They have oil, beautiful places for tourism, and other business opportunities. Among my wife's relatives are an attorney, a dentist, an engineer, and a sweater manufacturer. The necessities to build a strong economy are there.

    Finally, it is my understanding that most developed nations try to enforce borders, selectively grant citizenship based on economic needs, and/or require immigrants to prove their ability to provide for their own subsistence. What's wrong with the U.S. doing the same? We are going broke, so it is not inconceivable that we should be concerned about using our resources to provide benefits to non-citizens until we get our financial house in order.

    July 31, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  50. hgijanto

    I find it kind of ironic the US Government is fighting the new AZ Law at the same time they are paying local law enforcement millions of dollars to help the Border Patrol catch undocumented aliens through the "Stone Garden" program. The police can't ask about nationality? Does that mean a cop can watch someone enter the country illegally and have no right or responsibility to stop them, unless they J-walk while they are doing it??? I understand the need to protect us from unnecessary intrusion by government into our lives but let them do their job and sort out the bad officers or decisions as it happens.

    July 31, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  51. Marie

    Thank You CNN for manipulating the facts here on this ridiculous coverage on the Arizona law!!!! Since when do illegal's rights supercede those of American Citizens? Perhaps when Obama needs them for political purposes that's right! It is amazing to me that CNN does not ever mention the fact that these illegals are exactly that and yet you never point out that they brokek the law–none of the activists EVER mention that at all and it is a reality

    July 31, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  52. Rob in San Francisco

    Thank you Arizona! Help the U.S. reclaim our jobs, quality of life, and pride!

    July 31, 2010 at 7:52 pm |
  53. Danny A

    It seems very black and white to me. If you're here illegally your breaking the law. If it were reversed and there were 5 million plus white, black, italian, yellow etc the issue would be the same. They just happen to be mexicans period. Why isn't Obama meeting with Mexican government on this sensitive issue? He needs to address it. People are being killed, property damaged, rape , murder. These so called peple that seek a better life should seek the proper methods in respecting US Laws – they don't. They seem to be very uncivilized and feel they deserve whatever they get. Why don't they approach their own government and press the issue and fight for a better Mexico. We would have greater respect for them organizing and protesting their own government for a better way of life.

    August 1, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  54. authorsue

    Who, exactly, is paying for all of Obama's lawsuits and the states having to defend themselves against his foolish suits?

    August 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm |