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April 21st, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Arizona bill: Profiling or common sense?

(CNN) – Latino members of Congress are calling on Arizona's governor to kill a state bill targeting immigration.

The law would make it a crime to be in the country illegally, requiring police to question anyone if there's reason to suspect they're in the U.S. illegally. It would prohibit slowing or blocking traffic when searching for day laborers, make it a crime to give a ride to someone you know to be an illegal immigrant and would fine towns and cities that don't enforce immigration laws.

The controversial bill has already passed Arizona's senate and house, but Gov. Jan Brewer hasn't said if she'll sign it. We were joined on Wednesday's American Morning by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who supports the bill; and Arizona state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who voted against it.

Filed under: Controversy • Immigration
soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. asmith

    if a person has a work visa that DOES NOT give his or her spouse to be here illegally!!!!! and she says she is a constitutional lawyer>>>>>>>>>>ha ha ha

    May 5, 2010 at 6:12 am |
  2. asmith

    if a person breaks the law they have to pay if they are caught. i dont see what the big argument is all about. if you are here illegally you should be sent back when you are caught or they should get the messege and just go back and try to get here the right way.

    May 5, 2010 at 5:53 am |
  3. Moin

    I think all states should pass the same legislation. If you are not doing anything wrong and if you are legal than why not carry a piece of ID. All those who are marching against this bill should be punish and put in the jail because they are degrading the integrity of our country. If this law is racial profiling than what about all the laws at airports, federal buildings, and what about carrying a valid driving license. Should we eliminate all laws? Should we stop carrying a valid driving license while driving?

    Think about it!!!

    May 4, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
  4. kent shultz

    The immigration law is a law Az wanted because the federal Gov. could not provide the help by law they were supposed to enforce.
    I think the law is good, it has been modified as needed and states no profiling. The people against this law are eather ilegals, relatives, or people making money off the ilegals. Every time you go into a country thru thier boarder crossings, you must have the proper paper work. while in most countries you are subject to produce these papers upon request, if you can't you will be detained. I've been in over 23 different countries plus East Berlin while the wall was in place. papers were checked many many times while there. I am a person who is prode to show my papers passport or drivers lc if aske as I am proud to be an American Citizen, no matter where I am. Profiling questions are BS.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  5. Clinton

    I think the immigration issue is one of those tough – not so easy to scratch- issues that requires some sensitivity but also some tough decisions that must be made, it's the same issue with profiling muslims as terrorists, when you get down to it, 99% of the people we're fighting in the war on terrorism are Muslim and a large majority of those are of Arabic decent, so we have to walk the tight rope with that constantly, either we're profiling arab's/muslims or we're neglecting our security concerns. It's not one of those issues that you can just fix it with a simple answer. Many opinions fly out from both sides but it's never as cut and dry as we want to believe. My opinion, and it's completely my own, is that our country is definitely being abused by our neighbors to the South, and believe me when i say it's not without reason, many are escaping the problems in Mexico and you can't really blame someone for trying to make a better life for themselves. I think a broader approach may be the answer, strengthing the Mexican Government, perhaps assisting with the drug wars, gaining their cooperation to make Mexico a better place to live, because honestly, until the Mexican people no longer wish to leave their home country, we're not going to be able to stop illegal immigration from happening. The only way that would be possible, would be to close and militarize the border. The vast majority of us all would not want to see something like that happen. I think our Government is in a bind with this one, I'm anxious to see someone be bold enough to rigorously attack this problem and save their political career at the same time.

    May 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  6. John Q. Public

    I don't get it. ANY time I have contact with ANY law enforcement, they want to see ID, and they should, and I'm American. I could face penalties for no ID or false ID. What's the big deal about having proper ID. By what right does someone here ILLEGALLY think they don't have to do what a citizen has to do? Yes we need them and yes I like them but they are by definition criminals. Illegal immigrants need to take responsibility for their status and do what is right according to OUR laws. They and their sympathizers need to quit crying and work within our system.
    We also need a better system. Congress should get off their duffs and do their jobs.

    May 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  7. DLH

    I agree with everyone that anyone hear illegally should be sent back to where they came from not just Mexicans, however, that seems to group at the focus of this law. I have a couple of issues with how this law will be enforced one how do we determine who is in the country illegally with out the possibility of harassing legal citizens and two what do we do with them once the illgals are caught? Are the jailed or sent back.If the illegals are sent back won't they just come back again?If jailed they will certainly be burden to the tax payers.
    The only way to prevent bill from coming into this country illegally is to renforce our countries borders.
    People really need to stop and think.This bill will do nothing to prevent illegal immigrants from coming into this country illegally until.
    This bill was a waste of tax payer money because it will do nothing to prevent this problem.
    Let's get real people.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  8. JBarleycorn

    American Citizens have nothing to worry about. If you are here illegal then please leave.
    I wish the state of Florida would wake up and pass the same law!

    I applaud the candidate for Governor for the state of Alabama for promising to make the state an English speaking state for drivers' license applicants. Definitely a step in the right direction.

    May 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm |
  9. Dave

    Send the immigrants back.
    Anyone and everyone should be checked. If you look guilty, chances you might be guilty and that's what this law is all about. To get rid of the bums sucking the life out of our South West.
    Go for it and sign the bill you wimpy Govenor.
    What's the matter anyway. Don't tell me you don't think it is about time we take back our country. I wish OBama would see the light and understand what they are costing our society.

    May 2, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  10. johns

    speak english, there are no jobs americans won't do, we just expect fair pay! enforce our laws, don't pick and choose which laws you happen to agree with to enforce! if millions of illegles were stealing your whitecollar jobs, you might not be so worried about catering to their growing voting block. they should have human rights in US not civil rights of our legal americans. e-verify works demand it! yea for arizona and sheriff joe arpio, do the right thing, use common sense, stop catering to the special interest latino racist groups like la raza "the race" and anti american groups such as US chamber of commerce. i am not a replubican, but the dems are so completly wronge on immigration issues. take care of americans first! we NEED GOOD MANUFACTURING JOBS!

    May 2, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  11. judy

    I don't understand why mexicans do not understand our immigration laws. It is a wonderful country to live in. YOU want to live here than do the right thing and become a US citizen. If that isn't enforced then why let them work here in U.S. and send the money back to Mexico. If that continues I say charge a FEE for doing that.
    I fully agree with NEW ARIZONA immigartion laws. Every state should enforce it also. I don't care if you yellow,brown or from some other country DO IT RIGHT!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  12. Susan Lynch

    As a first generation child of a legal immigrant who came to this country, I am appalled and disgusted with today's situation. My father learned our language, paid taxes, never had unemployment or food stampsand EARNED his constitutional rights thru proper citizenship and US military experience. It is appalling that these 12 million ILLEGAL immigrants think that they have a right to the wonderful rights
    of our indelible is a disgrace to our great nation. These people crawl under the border fences like cockroaches in the dark...shame on them and every politician who screams civil rights....
    My paternal heritage is Italian, my maternal heritage is Mexican.. This is not about civil rights, it is about earning the right to call yourself a lawabiding American citizen.

    Susan Lynch

    May 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  13. geannie schroeder

    why is it that you only show the people who against this law. there are just as many that are for the law and wonder is it just because our views are not as radical? where is our side? these people are breaking the law-and yet they seem to think they don't have to abide by the same laws we do. i have to show my id all the time.( i am from a german father and my mother was from canada. my father was born here but his family came to ellis island and came in the right way. they earned the right to be here. they learned the english language and worked hard to prove themselves.) i carry my id all the time and would not be upset if someone asked for it. they would be because they are illegal!!!! they are breaking the law just by being here. the mexico immigration laws are as tough as i have ever seen, yet they have the never to call us raciest?? yeah right. grow up and except that you are in a country that wants you to be law abiding citizens, that is all we ask. go home and come back the legal way. stop sending all our money to mexico!!!

    May 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  14. Don Shindler

    Thank god Arizona has done what other states and the Federal government should have done a long time ago. Come on some of the rest of you get some guts and quit worring if you will get reelected or not.

    May 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  15. ijh

    i can not believe mexican they are a country that take their people before any other country they are a nacionalista country but when it comes to them in this country they want to have all the rights puerto rico send dominican to dom rep daily they are asked for papers nobdy said anything because they are illegals now are mexican immune to be sent back i am hispanic but i am in a country that have laws and i have to follws that law ours country are different and thats why we have to come here people have to follows the us law or go back az people have the right to deffend them self and sfo will do the same when they run into the problems that az is you will see it

    April 30, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  16. d. sirman

    The couple you just interviewed whining about the Arizona law is and has been in violation of FEDERAL law. What is about ILLEGAL that they do not understand? The husband should be deported and tyhe wife charged with aiding and abetting a crime. Who cares of she has a Master's degree. I have 2 and I still get traffic tickets, can be arrested for carrying a concealed weapon or for a host of other crimes. Illegal immigrant = criminal.....................period!!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  17. Wes Unruh

    CNN has crossed the line with this mornings dramatic story about the AZ couple splitting up because of the new law that has not even been enforced yet, this couple would not have any problem even if the law is found to be constitutional, this whole article really comes across as cheap theatrics and crosses the line way beyond real news stories!!

    April 30, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  18. Larry W

    I think the people in the government need to remember. We have laws in this country. No matter what race you are, what country you come from,if you are illegal , you are breaking the law. If our government don`t back our law, why do we have laws. Lets just do away with them.

    April 30, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  19. ronny

    on the news this am-approx 6;45 on the guy (husband) leaving az. because he is not legal and his wife has a masters degree. did she not learn anything ? Why did you not ask the important guestions??? how long has he been here- if he loved his wife and did not want to leave, why !oh! why! is he not working on becoming legal . your report was poorly done –go back to reporting 101-people with an IQ larger than there shoe size saw through it. NO wonder cnn is getting the reputation of being a bad place to get the CORRECT news. I f I am taking the time to write this should be an indication–I have never written something like this to anyone–I'm 72yrs old–cannot spell or type very good -but –I'm doing it now. I had great respect for cnn but the more I watch the more it dissappers-how sad

    April 30, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  20. Larry W

    If the Arizona lay comes into effect, it regretful that the children that were borned to illegals will deported to a country they have never been to, but their parents should have never been here in the first place. Furthermore, the illegal immigrants have no rights here because they are here illegally, and they should not be able to protest. They should have no say about anything that is going on in this country. Don`t, they are breaking the law by being here, and ignorance of the lay is no excuse. If I as a citizen break the lay, I am subject to get punished. Are they any better than I am, I Think that the illegals are taking over the country,and costing us tax payers too much money on health care.

    April 30, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  21. Don

    Let me see if I got this right . . .








    – IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET................................

    1 – A JOB



    4 – WELFARE

    5 – FOOD STAMPS,









    April 30, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  22. Tina

    What part of "illegal" don't these people understand? We have laws in this country and everyone is expected to follow them! I think we should send them ALL back! Stop ignoring the issue and deal with it! I had a man rear end my insurance, no driver's license and no green card! He was here ILLEGALLY! My insurance had to pick up the tab for repairs! Arrested and deported!

    April 30, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  23. sissy

    We as Americans have to show a passport to get in to Mexico and any other country, we also have to show a passport to get back home to America. Most Americans have NO PROBLEM with people coming here LEGALLY. it's the people who come here from ANY country ILLEGALLY is the problem. Seems like such a common sense issue. Problem is so many in our government have no common sense left.
    Blessings to all!

    April 30, 2010 at 4:18 am |
  24. Monica

    Respect the laws of the land-it says it in the bible. Why is the accountability not focused on the Mexican Government? I do not agree with this particular bill but we need a solution. The failed NAFTA idea was the as a hemisphere we work cohesively, why not have the US and Mexican governments dump money into creating HUGE manufacturing firms along border states AZ, NM, CA, TX. Then we can stop giving China all our money and we create goods on the Western Hemisphere. It creates US jobs, Mexican jobs where they can work across the border and return home at the end of the day or the end of the week. The labor may not be as cheap as in Asian countries but that could be offset by the costs of shipping the goods overseas and we could give companies huge tax breaks for manufacturing in the Western hemisphere, not to mention it would reduce the carbon footprint just an added bonus for green measures. "Let's be clear"-no pun intended, this is not an easy reform project, it WILL get messy but please politicains show some leadership and enforce the law. We can not let any and everybody immigrate here whether it be from Mexico, Africa, Asia, Europe it would be mad chaos!

    April 30, 2010 at 2:34 am |
  25. pat

    Hey, lets just ask everyone in Arizona if they are in the country legally because it isn't all that easy to tell who is "illegal". Plus that will get around profiling!

    There are plenty of folks, Asians, Swedes, Norwegians, Germans, French, Dutch, South Afrikaaners, Canadian and Italian Eastern European illegals here in the US with no work, student or travel visas or citizenship papers. Lets just ask everyone doing menial jobs or that have two or more jobs if they have the "right" papers. Let's start asking university students, then snowbirds, then all visitors to Arizona for their right to be in the US!

    Hey, upside is this may finally put a huge dent in human trafficking. We could be freeing people right and left from slave conditions and misery! (Only if we ask everyone no matter what their color or race)

    Of course, more countries might issue travel advisories to Arizona but...

    April 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm |
  26. Dorothy

    I say “Go Arizona” finally someone has stepped up to the plate. It opened my eyes five years ago when I started spending six months of the year in Arizona and Texas. As far as profiling goes if you do not look Spanish or speak Spanish, you don’t get service, you think twice before you go anywhere alone, and you are home before dark, three- fourth of the school day is taught in Spanish, and some families consist of children that are US citizens, but the parents are not. “How did this happen in America?” When my paternal grandparents immigrated here they did it legally. They lived among many nationalities that also did it legally, and all the different ethnic groups believed and taught their children that in order to live in harmony, they needed to adjust culturally to America rather than America adjusting to their ethnic background. One of my maternal grandparent’s family immigrated here before World War I and was profiled during both wars with Germany, but never complained because they believed what America stood for.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  27. Irene

    I did not like the comments of the young Hispanic adults that were marching on Washington. As an African American female I do not think referring to our fight for equality should mirror theirs and it does not. Very few of them marched with King when we were being hung, raped, chained and brought here by force. See the ground they walk and are now marching upon is stained with our blood.

    The President is fighting to secure health reform in which they will benefit from so I don't think your little march should call him out of office.

    I do believe that if the USof A can go to all of these foreign countries to fix their problems then I don't see why they can't go next door to MEXICO and help them to fix their infrastructure. One young Latino lady stated she has a degree in Special Ed and a young Latino man stated he wants to teach, "Great", there are special ed children and children in general that need to be taught in MEXICO.

    Go back to MEXICO and give back to your country. Don't stay here illegally eating into our resources. Everytime you wrongfully enter this country and have a baby on this soil, you obligate this country to take care of when the citizens of this country needs health care.

    Some of you should major in government and learn to be a politician and change the laws in your mother land. i think enough is enough, I am tired of seeing them on street corners and using public facilities inaccurately. They have a country, go back.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  28. Carola

    @ fred snow, shades of Europe in 1940???? Maybe you need to watch "Schindler's list" This law is not after a certain race, and whatever they were after, but illegals. And just that, white, black, green.. And AZ is not going to put them in chambers, just send them back home.
    What is wrong with all the people who compare this with Nazi Germany und Slavery? Get real.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  29. TJCook

    I don't understand Mexican-Americans thinking this is an attack on them. All Americans should want all immigrants to come here legally for our protection as Americans. We have many people that immigrate to this country from other countries as well. The Mexican border presents a real problem and we must do something about it. People that immigrate should prove they can support themselves and be free of infectious disease. We require this of other immigrants so we should require it of Mexicans that want to immigrate. Many Mexicans and individuals from other countries get work visa or obtain resident status LEGALLY and that is OK. Why do people think Mexicans should receive special status? My taxes should not go to supporting people that come here illegally regardless of what country they are from.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  30. Rick Orm

    Your reporting on this issue is cleary in support of protestors and sometimes is clearly laughable. I just heard an interview of a people on the street in Mexico. A gentlemen in Mexico commented that maybe Mexico should implement a similar law to check American looking people for immigration papers. Laughable-the only Americans in Mexico without papers are criminals fleeing US justice and we would welcome the return of them. Moreover, check Mexican immigration laws they are strict. Why don't you host a poll on your website asking if you support the law? I suspect because you know it will be that Americans support the law. I welcome legal Mexican or any ethnic immigration. The implication that supporters are racist is simply biased reporting!! Bet this does not make the air at CNN.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  31. jewels98948

    As a Native American of Washington State, I agree with the Arizona's new law. But I wonder about some of the people who reside in Arizona who are Native Americans with brown skin? I hope that Washington State is next to past some sort of law! As a Native of Washington who resides on a reservation would support such a law, and I believe many of the enroll members would agree. We have illegal mexicans who come from Mexico grow drug in our reservation with nothing being done!!! We are to told to be aware, I want answers on how they have the right to be on my homeland!? I am tired of these people making demands and everything is changed for them! Them meaning the majority of illlegal immigrants who have changed the reservations life to accomadate them. We are losing are status and reservation towns to operate like Mexico. The government needs to open there eyes and look the CRIME rate and DRUGS trafficing that is happening in America. In the town and nearby cities the majority of crime like shootings, stabbings, missing people, DWL, rape, drugs, gang wars are all from of one group!!! There needs to be more statistic's and it will be facts. You can't get a job unless your bilingual, programs only help the migrants and mexican peoples! So I agree with this law only for those who do appear as illegals. If you look at who is screaming racial profiling because they know their wrong and they seem to use the American Constution for their benifits? Just like they get to fly their Mexico flag in Amreican, they are not a nation in America!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:27 pm |
  32. fred snow

    Watching a news cast several nights ago I saw some people wearing yellow arm bands with a star, and a lady crying in the street, in Arizona. Be careful, I see shades of 1940's Europe

    April 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
  33. paul bowser

    Good for the govener, a least she tried to fix a problem instead of sweeping it under the rug.- What civil rights ? there ILLEGAL aliens,-
    If you havent broke the law and got pulled over then you have no worries- if i broke into your home do i get all the rights of the home because i broke in ? Yes some illegals work, but dont pay taxes like the rest of us. but use all the education-medical & goverment programs for free ! Another misuse/abuse of equal rights !

    April 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm |
  34. Erich

    The solution to finding equality and justice for everyone is not found in blaming or pointing fingers. The reasons people come into our country, whether they come here through the organized methods we have set up or through their own methods, have to be understood. Questions on the reasons people want to come here in the first place should be asked. If there are floods of people coming into this land then it must be that they are running away from life in their native land. Therefore, the root of the problem is the cause for those people leaving their country. Why don't Latin-Americans take the initiative to build educational and charitable organizations to teach people in Mexico and other Latin American countries how to make their countries places where there are just as many opportunities there as there are here and make their countries into places where people want to immigrate just as much as people want to immigrate here? The laws in Arizona regarding illegal immigration have to do with keeping the amount of people entering the United States under control in order to keep our citizens safe.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  35. Yvonne

    I'm so tired of these illegal immigrants forcing their issues on our nation's legal citizens. I came to this country legally because I have respect for the law. Illegal immigrants are criminals breaking the law of this land. I don't want our country to apologize to Mexico or any other country that allows their citizens to come and invade this country. If those who are against this law in Arizona want to make it out to be about racism why don't they mention how racist Mexicans are, constantly protesting "viva la raza!" which means long live the race! English speaking Americans should watch programs on Latino television. They would see first hand how Mexicans think. The Mexican/American politicians only think about the welfare of their Mexican illegals, they don't really care about what is best for our country. I am a Hispanic American who will vote for the candidate with the most strict immigration laws.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  36. Jenny Jacobo

    What the hell happened to America defending civil rights. These people posting comments – saying ya what's wrong with profilling? Are you kidding me? I am a US Citizen who is also a hispanic woman. I was born here in the state of Arizona as well as both my parents. I am third generation – my sons live here as well as my grandaughter. Arizona made us all second class citizens with this bill. Giving the police the right to ask us anywhere, anytime to prove we are citizens. I better have my passport, or birth certificate with me. This law tramples on MY CIVIL RIGHTS!! I'm sure you would have a problem if you felt YOUR civil rights were being trampled on. But were just hispanics right? This law only seperates – divides – and angers people.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  37. Renee Washington, D.C.

    Karen I have to agree with you. I think the political have a sake in this. I read l today news paper about the border and the Mexican official stated that this bill will harm the trade, and tourism and bilateral relations. Mexiican send home over 20 billion dollar home last year. That is way American is going broke now, so why should we help them.

    April 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  38. Karen

    I am not sure I understand why inforcing immigration laws are wrong. I understand people dont want to be profiled but what happens when we dont ask for papers on terrorist that have come with out papers?

    I also dont understand why people coming across our boarders from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq and other countries have to go through months of scruitany to come to the USA just for a visit or as an immigrant that this is ok. No one questions looking over there papers all over the place but then if they come out of Mexico it is different?

    If we do denounce this then we should open our boarders to every one with no questions. Oh by the way an immigrant with a green card is required to carry that green card at all times in CASE THEY ARE STOPPED. So I take it the only people who dont have to questioned is Spanish people ??? Seems to me people in political places are more afraid of loosing votes.... than inforcing the laws equally to every one.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:12 am |
  39. woody

    what was the law inforcement agency doing before this bill? Sleeping on the job? You don't need this bill to crack down on crime.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  40. A.N.

    Its plain and simple: The minute a law is enacted that whether directly or indirectly leads to its application based on Race, religion, gender etc. makes it unconstitutional. The argument is not about illegal aliens or who commits crimes or any of that. In this situation a law is being passed that will allow the legal persecution based on percived race. The officers would have to prove they are applying the law regrdless of race or skin color. So every one would have to be asked the same question. Everyone would have to be held to the same implementation. A caucasian person driving a car with out ID would have to be concidered an "Illegal Alien" until other wise proven via the same documentaion required for other individuals. This would be possible only in an Ideal world where racism, bias and prejudices do not exist, in another word a "color blind" society. If the state is allowed to pass this law, it will be the first of many that will target diffrent groups based on their percived Race or religion or opinions. This country is the light of the free world. Lets not give up our righst and freedoms with the excuse of trying to adress a problem that has been around since the first colonist set foot in this country. Rights and Lefts stop pointing fingers and understand this is bigger than sides and affects each equally. Just remember, the reality of this is that you may not fit the profile but theres no guarantee your future Kids or grand kids wont. The Hispanic population is on course to stop being a minority.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  41. Frank


    Complaining about Canadians??? LOOK AT A MAP!!!

    How far is Arizona from the Candian border?

    April 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  42. Jenny Jacobo

    I am a 55 year old woman who has lived in Phoenix all my life. My father retired from the millitary with 25plus years of service. I am currently a real estate agent in this state. We have contributed to this state and our country. We are very proud to be American! And as an American I am furious that this type of legislation is going on in my state. For those who say that this is not prejudice motivated – they are either too innocent minded or prejudice themselves. When white, black, yellow American's are required to carry proof that they are citizens just like us hispanics may have to do in this state – Then I will retract my anger towards this legislation. This bill only seperates, angers and tramples on AMERICAN HISPANICS rights!. This is how Nazi Germany started.

    April 23, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  43. joe thompson

    IF a person is arrested for dui , dwi , speeding or running a red light or any other chargeable offense their immigration status should be checked for all period. As in howard county maryland an illegal was arrested for dwi but was charged and released no immigration status was checked.This individual then went on to kill a united states marine and a female passenger in an auto accident. This could've been prevented by an immigration status check. On the other side the police should not be able to roll up to a 7-11 and ask for immigration status check as this would be profiling.

    April 23, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  44. s

    Where are people getting the notion of 14th amendment violation? One will NOT be arrested just because they are a different skin color, even if stopped by authorities...only if you don't have identification showing you are a citizen or other documentation showing legality...also, immigrant does not = illegal, they are not the same...why does is seem so difficult for people to understand illegal...break the law, pay the's really not a difficult concept...

    April 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  45. AnneS

    I see a lot of people writing comments that this will only affect the illegals and that it is okay to stop them but to them I ask the following questions:

    - if you can't tell who is here illegally just by looking at them, do you really think they won't be stopping legal aliens and US citizens?

    - what proof of citizenship do you carry in your daily life? Passport? Birth certificate? Sorry, a driver's license is NOT proof of citizenship or of a legal right to be here.

    - there are already well-documented cases of US citizens being detained for long periods and even deported by the immigration service - even when their legal status was easily verifiable. Under this law, a police officer in Arizona will be able to stop a US citizen for jaywalking and turn him over to ICE just because he doesn't carry "proof" of his citizenship. Who do you think is going to be sued when this happens?

    If this happens, the citizens of Arizona better be ready for their state to go broke from the false imprisonment and civil rights violation lawsuits.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  46. Tammy B

    Joe Smith, who says he's lived here in Arizona for 7 years, is an idiot. Sorry, don't say that much, but I am a native Arizonan and so know a little more about the situation than someone who moved into my State knows only after 7 years. The Bloods and Crips taking over Arizona, he cites, unheard of in Arizona? Please. That's been going on forever! Apparently he's never lived in Maryvale, or South Phoenix. There have been gangs in these and many other areas of Phoenix for a while, since long before he came. Try the 70's and 80's....nowadays, there are gangs in just about all of the states. Don't know what he's talking about. Also, traffic? Really? Traffic is worse here now, due to EVERYBODY moving here from back East, the Midwest, and California. It's not the California drug dealers and such that are making up all the "traffic"'s mounds of people, like Joe Smith, who moved to Arizona for jobs, and the weather. There are also a lot of illegal immigrants. I am one of those people who support the bill, as a law abiding citizen, who tries daily to follow all the laws of this State and of the land. How fair is it that I have to follow all the rules and there are a group of people here who don't? That is the simplest reason for this law. IT IS THE LAW. Period. End of story. If I do something illegal, I have to pay for it by going to jail, or paying fines, etc. Why can't we hold ALL PEOPLE to that standard?

    April 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  47. dealwithIT

    Because of the open southern border and the number of illegals crossing into it, they are making it harder for other immigrants to go through the legal process of emmigrating here. It's not fair to all the others not fortunate enough to have been born in a country so close to our border. There is a limit to the amount of immigrants the US will legally take per year. We are robbed of the diversity of new immigrants because there are so many Latinos coming in.
    I have never understood why it is so hard for people to understand that ILLEGAL is ILLEGAL... not racist, not picking on the mexicans... just plain breaking the laws of our nation, illegal.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  48. fiddler123

    Illegal is illegal, the United States cannot solve the overpopulation of the third world. The Catholic church is telling these people to breed so why shouldn't the church start to provide for them, God knows I am tired of paying child support to an illegal alliens kid.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  49. adriana

    Jonsmith, i hope you are being sarcastic when you said "Deport the latinos, they're all mexicans! and keep the illegal candians because they look like us anyway. this is about immigration not racism and predujice." Because you just prove my point about people being so "ignorant" like yourself!

    April 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  50. Independent in New Mexico

    I have not had a chance to read the proposed law, and I refuse to give a "knee-jerk" reaction. Does the proposed law allow local police to stop persons at "persional whim" to check for citizenship ???? OR does it state that if a person is stopped for cause (traffic infraction etc.) that persons not able to prove citizenship are to be arrested ????? There is a major differance...... For any persons interested, federal regulations allow police etc. to confisicate any money and vehicles they SUPECT were obtained by / used in illegal (drug) activities. They don't have to prove that it is illegal to seize it, but the citizen has to go to court and prove their innocence to get their property back. The Texas and Louisiana cops are very adept at obtaning funds in this manner..... Personaly, I find the latter "regulation" far more of an Constiutional offence than arresting someone who is in this country illegally.....

    April 23, 2010 at 11:59 am |
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