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July 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Cracking down on illegal immigration

(CNN) – President Obama renewed his push for an immigration overhaul in a speech yesterday, saying we need comprehensive reform, including a way for the millions of people who are now here illegally to become citizens. And the president has some unlikely allies in the immigration reform fight. That includes Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention. He joined us on Friday's American Morning to talk about fighting illegal immigration.


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  1. Joel Wischkaemper

    There was a period of time when no one could have a guest worker unless he/she listed the job for a month in a California News Paper. I was trundling through those adds and I was a whole lot more than shocked. They were advertising for IT Specialists at minimum wages. They wanted a person to run a computer center for $12,000 a year. There were Internet technology jobs that took me 25 years of classwork and experience to earn... $12,000 a year. On and on and in some cases, the money offered was to low to pay for the gasoline to get to the job.

    Guest workers open the door to staggering abuses. Huge abuses. I do not support them, and that comment about illegal aliens and guest workers lowering the wages of Americans is absolutely correct. But that comment about the incredibly serious rift this is opening in the body politic is also very, very correct. It had better end too.. and soon. We need to see support for the American People, and the American Worker and NOT for the illegal aliens and open borders.

    July 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  2. Tired

    This is a country of immigrants who have become citizens because of lax laws before the 1950s. Who are we kidding? The people who hate immigrants are citizens by the random chance of being born in US. They didn't have to wait 10 years for a Green Card and have no clue the system does NOT work! Marriage fraud is the only way in 2010!

    July 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  3. Stephen Jackson

    Immigration Reform
    Ask the next supporter of amnesty if illegal immigrants want to speak English, learn the history and values of the United States, and pledge allegiance to the national flag of the United States. They must want to do these things if they become United States citizens.
    Speaking one language is the great strength of the United States. Requiring citizens to speak English causes integration. A person could travel from sea to shining sea and speak English. Our common language is the strongest cultural reason for a strong national defense, organizing business, and the prosperity of our people. When we visit parts of California and find only Spanish spoken we cannot conduct business, which causes segregation and poverty. When we see the Mexican national flag wave at rallies we feel like there are rebels among us that will cause chaos and disintegration of law and order. Amnesty for illegal immigrants means accepting a disloyal rebellious group among us and the disintegration of law and order.
    We need to enforce immigration laws and assure that United States citizens know US history, accept US values, and speak English.

    July 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  4. RICHARD D. DUFFY

    If you have been paying attention over a long period of time, you must have noticed how the President will look the camera in the eye and lie.
    If you have not noticed it, look for it.
    The only reason Democrats want to legalize the illegals is to get votes at the expense of Americans. There is NO concern for America and no concern for the border drug trafficking and no concern for killings of both Mexicans and Americans.
    The reason many states are going bankrupt is because the are paying the medical, educational and other expenses off nice but illegal people. We are a nation of laws. The Federal government needs to get off it's butt and enforce them–otherwise, they should all be recalled because the all took an oath to enforce america's laws and the Constitution.

    July 5, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  5. David Reeves

    Are you kidding me? How is this a human rights issue? There are 11 million undocumented (illegal) immigrants in the US. Now were supposed to make a immigration reform that makes these people legal citizens. This isn't a human rights issue and the US is being unfair to these people. The people fighting to make these laws are smearing the issue. It's a law and these people are illegal (undocumented) immigrants. That means they are hear illegally. They've put themselves into this situation and should have to deal with the laws that we have here if they want to take the chance of coming here illegally.
    I don't believe they're doing more for the country than they are hurting either. Go to the schools and see how much time and money has to be devoted to these kids that can't speak English. They are slowing down regular class rooms of American kids that are here legally. Who's spending the money that's taking care of this problem. I bet it isn't the illegal immigrants.
    Keep the law as it is and send these people back from where they came. Make them come in legally and get into our systems like every other good American. Quit changing the wording to make it sound like they are victims.

    July 5, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  6. Susan

    I'm so tired of hearing the illegal immigrants complain what they should be given in the US. I have lived in Cabo for 18 years and the Immigration is extremely strict that we have either working permits or resident permits or we are not allowed to live or work in their country. And, they check regularly. Same should be for any Mexicans coming into the US. Cabo would not be what it is today without foreign investments. We have to be legal in their country and they should be legal in the US.

    July 5, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  7. John

    I still cannot understand how people totally disregard the term "Illegal". It is like these "poor" people actually have the right to be in our country illegally and we should be thankful for that. Since I am not a native American, that means somewhere in by family's history my ancestors came to this country and entered this country LEGALLY, learned English, earned their citizenship, and became Americans, without a hyphen in their name. They were not Irish-Americans or German- Americans, they were 100% Americans. DUH

    July 5, 2010 at 8:49 am |
  8. louis Eugene Burt

    Here is how it works.
    You hire a mexican to run a crew on construction. He, in turn, hires all his Mexican buddies – of course – they pay him $ a week for landing him a job. Then you have anyone else apply for the job and the Mexican in charge will not hire them cause he doesn't get a kickback. Don't B.S. me homey, I was a superintendent in downtown Denver in the 1970;s and I personally seen this happen. Now, you cannot procure a job in the trades because they are all Mexicans, not because they work harder, because everyone else is locked out. They are willing to work for less, do not complain about working conditions or safety, and will work their butts off cause they are illegal and have no recourse.

    July 5, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  9. tom W

    Obama keeps talking about securing the boarder. What about work place enforcement? If we crack down on illegals in the work place and mostly the employers that hire them, most of them will go home on their own. The fact is if we go ahead with his plan our population will hit half a billion in about 50 years. If we don't reduce immigration and enforce our laws we can never reduce our carbon foot print or reduce the size of our government. We have had seven amnesties since the "first and final" one. Amnesty will only encourage the next wave of illegals.

    P.S. I'm a Democrat, I'm for reducing immigration and I'm not alone. Go to Numbers USA dot com and help stop the next amnesty.

    July 4, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  10. swhit

    No AMNESTY. Sick to death of giving handouts when our own people, Native Americans live in squaller, no hot or cold running water, elctricity or heat, no medical and no education. The homeless and returning vets from duty to find themselves joing the ranks.
    Our own people have no jobs and cannot pay taxes, the middle class is almost extinct and are being taxed to death but we are all supposed to allow our tax dollars go to these people who come here illegally.
    There are no jobs, what are they going to do but go on welfare and suck it dry.
    ENOUGH ALREADY. Get more people on the borders and create jobs that way for honest legals and send the illegals back to Mexico.
    Amnesty will not stop them from coming!

    July 4, 2010 at 7:33 am |
  11. Salvador

    Just think about this idea, if the whole country is facing a huge deficit and the economy is getting worse, wouldn't it make a huge impact to set a deal with undocumented aliens? If we set a charge of let's say, 10 thousand dollars per head to have a permit to work and become more productive to the country, wouldn't this help the economy? But, the government needs all the billions in taxes they get from working undocumented aliens (that can't claim the taxes back like a regular citizen does) more than ever, so in a way I think they would not approve any of this changes because they would not have all that free cash, I think if we charge that amount and get them to pay for the back taxes it would benefit both parties, this is just a humble idea.

    July 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  12. Lilly

    If i'm not mistaking the u.s was 1st mexico.... so in my eyes the whites are the illegals... take a sec. and look in the mirror before you start pointing fingers... without Mexicans half if not all of these highways and cities would have never been built.... We atleast deserve a thank you..... "You are Welcome"

    July 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  13. cheaptees

    I believe in what Arizona is trying to do, but I do wonder, what is wrong with, not amnesty, but after a thorough examination (what INS is SUPPOSE to do) if someone isn't a felon, child molester, gang, etc... that is, why can't they begin citizenship? I just want to hear from the people who are against amnesty so I can understand their side.

    July 2, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  14. kevin donaghue

    if our stupid goverment enforced our current laws they wouldn.t have to build walls, hire border patrols,and waste our taxes. obama passes amesty, i will hate this country for the rest of my life!

    July 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  15. Ed Benson

    The President states in his speech, "To this day, America reaps incredible economic rewards because we remain a magnet for the best and brightest from across the globe."

    So, are the 15 million undocumented workers .a.k.a. illegal aliens already preselected as "the best and brightest"? If not, what will be the sorting process when the time comes to make them citizens.

    Or does it not matter if they really are the best and brightest?

    July 2, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  16. HernandezUSA

    Please, the LEFT/Right has ZERO intention of actually Enforcing the laws like AZ.

    Which is reported to be working as Illegals are leaving the STATE!

    July 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  17. Amy

    Comprehensive immigration reform is needed and everybody knows that . If the reform won't pass, everybody should and will blame Republicans for that. They apparently prefer the recent situation where people hire illegal immigrants and abuse them, where borders are porous and where human rights are violated. I think they benefit from this situation on top of trying to slow down progress in this country! How un-american it is, and they should be ashame of themselves! They do nothing but obstruct the progress!

    July 2, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  18. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    If the president was really interested in cracking down on illegal immigration he would start by taking those driver license away that Gov. Richardson handed out and arrest company owners that hire illegal workers but all the presidents frustration is just for show .

    July 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm |