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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Opponents of Arizona's new immigration enforcement law protest Sunday in Phoenix."]

Hundreds protest immigration law

(CNN) – Hundreds of people gathered outside Arizona's Capitol building on Sunday in a largely peaceful protest against the state's tough new immigration law.

Chanting "Yes we can," waving American flags and holding signs reading "We have rights" and "We are human," demonstrators kept up a festive spirit as they denounced the bill signed Friday by Gov. Jan Brewer.

The new law requires police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally. It also requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there is reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally.

Protesters worry that the law will foster racial profiling. Read more

Are corporations people too? Lawmakers target SCOTUS campaign finance ruling

Democrats on Capitol Hill are getting ready to introduce a new bill targeting a Supreme Court decision on campaign finance rules. The court's 5-4 decision says blocking campaign cash from corporations violates our right to freedom of speech, but a Quinnipiac poll found 79% of Americans disagreed with the court's decision. Our Carol Costello has the report this morning.

Shopping for cheap surgery

Everybody loves a bargain, but is it really a good idea to shop for rock-bottom prices when it comes to medical care? With so much waste in our health care system and costs continuing to sky-rocket, some Americans are actually sniffing out cheap surgery deals overseas. Today, our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen introduces us to one of them.

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  1. MeLoN

    Still chuckling @ illegal aliens protesting a law about illegal aliens.

    Can we say IRONY?

    April 26, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  2. john doe

    The ones who do not like the law are the ones who have something to hide!!! Get legal or Get out!!! Simple!!! USA is the way!!!

    April 26, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  3. Larry

    An unjust law is no law and justice delayed is justice denied. The U.S. Government for years has given its tacit stamp of approval for Mexicans et al to enter the U.S. illegally from our southern borders. The U.S wanted a cheap labor force. The U.S Chamber of Commerce fought against instant check to verify employment eligibility. The U.S. encourages illegal entry by failing to actively enforce existing immigration laws.

    Even after 911, the U.S. government still failed to properly secure its southern borders. We change the wording from Illegal to Undocumented because undocumented sounds politically correct and far less serious. If a woman who is pregnant or becomes pregnant enters the U.S. illegally and gives birth, the child is given automatic U.S. citizenship. In our criminal justice system, evidence obtained illegally is inadmissible to include any additional evidence derived there from – this is called "Fruits of the poison tree doctrine." Yet, we automatically grant U.S. citizenship to the children of mothers who entered this country illegally. It's time we stop incentivizing and encouraging illegal entry.

    What do we do with the 400,000 + illegal aliens living in Arizona and over a million more residing in the rest of the country? If they commit any crime (misdemeanor or felony) we deport them. As for the rest, they don't go to the back of the line to become eligible for citizenship. They are already here!! We initiate a program granting Visa's or Permanent Resident Alien Cards allowing them to remain in this country while applying for U.S. Citizenship. But first, we immediately enforce our immigration laws by providing manpower and resources to our southern borders.

    I believe the Governor of Arizona has taken a bold step to let the Federal Government know that failure to act will no longer be tolerated. Those involved in the business of smuggling people into the U.S do it for money. They don't care if the person being smuggled is Mexican or Al Quaeda. We’ve been lucky so far. Sooner or later our luck will run out.

    Larry In Illinois

    April 26, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  4. Larry M

    This concerns Steven Hawkins comments from his new series on the Discovery Channel. I watched both of those programs last night and it was most interesting. If your interest is in astrophyics and cosmology, you know that a light year is rougly 4 trillion miles, our nearest star, Alpha Centuri, is about 4 light years away, our galaxy is approximately 100,000 light years in diameter, and the most distant galaxies to which we can capture images is calculated to be about 13.4 billion light years away. Also, you would note that our galaxy, a plain galaxy, contains several hundred billion stars and the universe itself contains several hundred billion galaxies. Is there life elsewhere in the universe (and even advanced life)? Yes. What is the problem? It is one of distance and time. The distance are impossible and there were no doubt cosmic societies that existed long before the formation of our own solar system, 4.5 billion years ago, societies that exist now, and will exist long after our star dies in about 5 billion years from now.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  5. Todd W.

    @ Rosa:

    I'm sorry to hear that you feel you have been targeted because of your race. This legislation does not allow police any new powers but simply the ability to enforce federal immigration law.

    Police operate on trends and statistics. They do not investigate a person because they happen to be a specific race. They investigate because that person fits a profile that statistically is known for committing a crime. If, for example, the majority of illegal immigrants were British then if you were a white male or female with a British accent and you couldn't produce any identification then under this law you'd be questioned about your citizenship.

    The fact is, that over 90% of the 500,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona are Hispanic. Would you instead insist that police randomly stop everyone else to check their citizenship status? How do you think crimes get solved? Police conduct investigations based off of personal appearance as well as evidence and testimony.

    If an officer stops a car for a DUI or some other crime and the occupants happen to be Hispanic, unable to produce any documentation and don't speak English then that would be reasonable grounds for asking your citizenship status.

    Illegal immigrants cause a fair amount of crime including human smuggling, kidnapping (which made Phoenix #1 in the country for that), as well as drug smuggling and have been responsible for murdered cops and other Arizona citizens. Illegal immigrants cost Arizona taxpayers over $2 Billion dollars a year.

    So those of you who don't support the legislation...what should we do about this problem? Ignore it?

    April 26, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  6. Horace Aniton (Marietta, GA)

    I Support the Immigration Law and as a Law Abiding Citizen, I don't understand the Protesters argument. I know Its a burden on the families of immigrants, however, the United States has a process for them to become legitimate citizens. Why is it so hard to follow this legal process? I wonder if the Protesters would still be ranting and raving if a Mexican Cartel Shootout or killing spilled over into their neighborhood.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  7. Jay from Illinois

    It only stands to reason that our government, which is stocked with politicians placed there by corporate money, would decide that corporations are people too. I suspect it's only a matter of time before these same "public servants" announce that we are not smart enough for public elections at all and that wall street knows what is best for us, so if we wish to vote, we can buy stock in whatever company best matches our position. (That is of course if you have enough money to buy stocks. If not, well, poor people shouldn't vote anyway, right?)

    April 26, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  8. Deronte Reid

    Of course there will be racial profiling, because there is only one race illegally crossing the border at such a rapid speed. I believe there was a law passed after the Terry .V Ohio case, which allowed peace officers to frisk individuals or groups based on reasonable suspicion. This immigration law is just a little more in depth, but is legal in my eyes. I believe the end result will be positive and the country will thank Arizona for its initiative,

    April 26, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  9. Barbara Ross

    Of course the cost of healthcare in the US is outrageous- that's part of the problem. An aspirin in the hospital costs $10. But bargain surgery overseas comes with its own problems- what about botched procedures, postoperative infections, or other complications? Saving money comes with its own risks.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  10. MeLoN

    Obama's claim that the Arizona law is "misguided" show what he is all about.

    Without the illegal alien vote – Obama wouldn't have been elected.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  11. Robert lopez

    @Ralph Beach I agree with you as long as they get there votes in they can care less what color you are blue red green....

    April 26, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  12. Liberal Voter

    Would the people who are complaining about this legislation prefer that EVERYONE be checked on a regular basis in order to deal with those who break the law similar to what is done for airline travel now? Sometimes you have to choose the lesser of evils.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  13. Frank

    I believe it is important that we protect our borders. Having stated that, I believe racial profiling is a bit extreme. Having to carry your document all the time isn't the route that we should take.. We are Americans and we wlecome all kinds of people to our shores. I think this is a bad move and needs to be repealed. Giving individuals who are here illegally the opprotunity to become a legal citizen is the way to go.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  14. Larry M

    This concerns the piece on 3D movies. The piece was pretty interesting and I believe that 3D is the future, but I think the piece did not go far enough. I believe that the makers of movies in general (let alone 3D productions) realize that the financial position of a film carries over into DVD, Blue Ray, and cable/satellite (home viewing). Now that old fashion analog television is history (because you can't buy a new analog set anymore) and HD is the norm, the push now is 3D HD. It is now available at Best Buy.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  15. Ralph Beach

    @Hawking.... Stop watching so many alien movies! You don't know what would happen if aliens came here, maybe they would see humans and run away...

    April 26, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  16. Lafenmom

    I also have to show my kids' schools that they are living in the school district legally – birth certificates and social security cards.

    Making me do this as a US Citizen, but not making those who have children in the schools paid for by my taxes, is making me – as a US Citizen – a second class cit in my own country.

    THIS is what we are angry about – calling anyone who wants the government to enforce our laws a racist just doesn't cut it.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  17. joe

    I am very insuted by your support of autism speaks via holly peete impact your world.

    Yet you do no stories of Ari ne'eman an autistic chosen by obama for the national council of diability. An autistic life is a life worth living.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:10 am |
  18. Ralph Beach

    I will say this....Why worry about illegals anyways? Like the gov really cares right?...As long as the officials get votes they DON'T care! We need a Leader that cares about us and our rights as Americans. It is not the Mexicans, just the ones who are illegals.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  19. Rosa Cantu

    As a victim of police profiling, I find the Arizona 1070 bill to be a racist, bigoted, hateful way of removing illegal Hispanics from their homes. If some of you haven't noticed, we have been in a recession for over a year. There has been a significant reduction in illegal immigration. In fact, most immigrants have returned to their home countries or, at least moved to more economically stable cities. This bill was passed strictly to cause the political fire we now see. Republicans will do anything to win back the White House, even pandering to the racists in Arizona and other states.

    In a personal note, being pulled over is bad enough, but to be harassed by someone who is supposed to be there to protect you- well, to say the least- I don't trust cops anymore. I am a first-generation American. I don't even know Spanish. It makes me feel like a second class citizen when I realize that I am being punished for the sins of my father. He same across the Rio Grande when he was 14 and was deported several times. He is now a proud naturalized citizen. To be questioned without cause on whether you are an American is very Anti-American too me.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:06 am |
  20. Victor

    I know this is crazy, but I think it's possible to stop these Tornado is we ask the question "how do you stop a tornado" we have the technology to do it.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  21. Lew

    I say bravo to AZ for taking the first step in our need to take our borders back! The only people that have rights here are the US taxpayers that are here legally.

    You want the same rights? Obey the law and come into our country the the front door, NOT the back.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  22. Joe M

    I saw clash of the titans and was very disappointed with the 3d. Did your piece say that it was a 2d movie converted to 3d? Alice in wonderland 3d on the other hand was fabulous. The industry should do something to let us know when we are being duped.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  23. Lafenmom

    Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who:

    Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or

    Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or

    Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact;
    has committed a federal crime.

    Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.

    I don't understand why the President of the United States would call a state that is aiding in enforcing federal laws, "misguided".

    April 26, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  24. James

    I'm for immirgration reform, but haven't hear a clear description as to when a peson ( a Mexican looking person ) looks suspicious do they get asked to show papers.

    Here's a thouht I the police do find an illegal put them through the process of becoming a US citizen.

    If a Mexican wants to become a US citizen have them pay the US goverment instead of those who traffic in illegals. The money could go toward the immirgrants income tax, of which some could be returned.

    I don't think this Arizona law is going to stop the flow of immirgrants. It doesn't say what would be done with the immirgrant if caught. If they are to be jailed that who would pay for those jailed, where would they be held, is there enough room?

    Clearly the Law makers of Arizona didn't think this through.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  25. el

    The problem w/ the Az law is the fact that you get ppl like Above the Law Sheriff Arpaio, whose past history of abuse of minorities is well known, are going to have a field day arresting those, who are suspcious, based on the color of their skin. I hope he has a large supply of pink underwear, as he is going to need it. OUTRAGEOUS

    April 26, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  26. MeLoN

    Some people will continue to spew about "race" and miss the point totally.

    Shame on those people that fail to use their intelligence to the fullest.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  27. frankie

    Good morning, I have always wondered why the Republican anti-health care rhetoric talked about Canadians and other people whose countries have national health, who come to the US to find better health care than in their own countries. For some reason the Republicans never mentioned all the Americans who go health-care shopping all over the world. The lies about health care reform are unfortunate. I wish Democrats and Republicans would just work their hardest to make sure the reform that passed, works as well as possible. I still literally have friends in big financial trouble because their policy got changed on them, and yet they fear that health care reform is only going to make things "worse." Thank-you

    April 26, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  28. Paul

    How can GM get by with advertising that appears to be false in order to boost consumer confidence..."We have repaid our government loans in full — with interest — five years ahead of the original schedule," says Ed Whitacre, chairman and CEO of General Motors Company, asking Americans to give the bankrupt company another look.
    This loan was apparently paid off by using funds from another government line of credit. The consumer needs to also remember that "we" gave them $50B in exchange for stock with a potential payback if they get healthy.
    Who watches this ...Federal Trade Commission, or are they on their computers like the SEC instead of watching for TV spots like tis.

    April 26, 2010 at 8:02 am |
  29. Ralph Beach

    @ Carol... Why should Americans help mexican living? They do have a country of their own right?

    April 26, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  30. Rasheed Hill

    I feel this law is only right, and long needed. For far to long these immigrants have just walked across in to this country. Then a few years ago, they had the nerve to protest in the streets of tis county waving a flag from another country. They have no respect for this country and it's laws.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  31. robdal

    Arizona had to do something to curb the increase of crime caused by unlawful illegal immigrants. I don't know if the new law is the answer, however something had to be done. Who knows, maybe this will give the unlawful illegal immigrants incentive to stay within the law!

    April 26, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  32. Randy Palmer

    The fact this nation was founded upon immigration is something which should not be lost on any of us today. However, we have reached a point wherre illegal immigration has become a serious problem. If a state is being greatly affected by illegal immigration, and the federal government is doing little to address the issue, then that state should most certainly take the matter into its own hands. Perhaps Arizona could have done things differently, but quite honestly, who are we to judge?

    Granted, illegal immigrants do perform jobs many of us would not do, and this is certainly a problem; we have become a nation of people who feel entitled. Perhaps curbing illegal immigration will force our own citizens to do the jobs illegals do now; thereby helping the economy. Maybe if things continue on the course they are on in this country we will start illegally immigrating to Mexico, a place where a number of our jobs have gone.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:58 am |
  33. Anfernee Chamberlain

    Brooksley Born predicted the Derivatives Crisis in the 1990's. She told Clinton, Greenspan, Rubin,Summers and Congress!! Too bad she is not President.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:56 am |
  34. Roger Springfield, MO

    I am not a racist and wouldn't like to be a victum of profiling, but we have to come back to common sense in this country and start treating "illegal" people as if they are illegal instead of regular citizens. What is the matter with this country?

    April 26, 2010 at 7:55 am |
  35. Robert lopez

    @ISAWA CUMO Well i fully understand what u mean its not sympathy its the the simple truth regarding jobs theres nothing more we can do till they pass amesty till then replacements are going to be needed!!!!

    April 26, 2010 at 7:54 am |
  36. Roger Springfield, MO

    Nobody seems to be discussing the fact that the Feds are still printing money and giving it away for free to the banks while the banks are keeping our money for hardly any interest at all, so the Feds are working against us retired fixed income people who have not outspent our means and have conservatively saved over the years to be able to retire. We can't trust putting the money into the stock market any more, since we lost so much already to the crooks of Wall Street. When is it going to stop.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  37. Dan Lafayette,IN

    Yes, I Also think health care is way out of control and insurance companies, doctors and hospitals are ripping us off! They make way too much money off the sick and poor. There should be laws that protect the consumer from these high health care costs!

    April 26, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  38. Doug Dippold

    Just saw interview with two apologists for Goldman Sacks, one of who is a CNN "reporter." That was then followed up by a viewer comment defending these thieves. I don't watch CNN all that much, but what I have seen on this subject seems dismissive of peoples outrage over this legalized theft.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  39. Kim Nolan

    If you're willing to take the chance of traveling outside the US, You're taking the chance of having a procedure performed by a surgeon that may not qualify as a medical doctor in the US. You can't trust the documentation of their qualifications because it's not monitored by the Dept of Health here in the US. You may spend less money, but you may be putting your life on the line. You won't be able to use malpractice if the procedure fails. Your not just taking the risk of a poor performance, but also contracting a foreign disease or illness that wasn't expected.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  40. michael

    Everyone deserves freedom but it must be done legally or our legal system is moot. What will Arizona do If Our federal Govt. won't accept the illegal People that are caught because of alledged violations of civil rights. How can we say racial profiling when everyone knows we are Profiling South Americans near our border lets be real people. It Is a matter of doing exactly that. Should we send blind officers out there?

    April 26, 2010 at 7:51 am |
  41. Tom

    On Arizona's new immigration law: How can the state protect citizens and legal immigrants? Violent crime originating from cross border regions and even in Phoenix is forcing Arizona to take action. why should legal residents sit back and watch the distruction of our society by Latino gangs?

    April 26, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  42. wolfgang

    About Ellis Island...Yes, you came through, signed up, looking for a better life for you and yours...The Latinos are doing the same, but now you want to give out limitations to those who are not Anglo. Give me a break. I don't care who comes here but if they are coming for a better themselves, let them do so.

    I do not fought the people who are coming here, I fought their own Governments. If you cannot take care of your own People, you should be eliminated and closed down. You should not be "running" any type of Country. The UN should step in and decide what to do with each and every Country on why their People are going to other lands to better ther lives. But no one wants to make a command decision regarding immigration. They don't want to be the "bad guy".

    I know why these countries are not taking any actions to take care of their own: It's money in their pockets. Supply and Demand.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  43. Ralph Beach

    @ Isawa Kumo.... Why should we help "illegal" aliens become legal?That is wrong what you said...I say they should not get to become legal just because they are here. Send them home!

    April 26, 2010 at 7:50 am |
  44. Maria

    It´s so nice to see that both of you -today anchoring the show- are children of immigrants....That´s who we are!...Some Latinos...Some not....Bravo!

    April 26, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  45. Todd W.

    The AZ immigration bill, in it's final forum, does not contain any additional teeth than what current federal law already requires. Federal law already requires that naturalized citizens or those with green cards must carry that information to produce if asked. This bill simply gives Arizona the ability to enforce federal immigration law. It's just AZ's way of poking the federal government into enforcing laws already on the books.

    As the old saying goes, if you want something done right you do it yourself.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  46. Allan

    You should be ashamed. Of course Medical costs should be cheaper in India and Costa Rica. Why did you not compare costs to UK, Canada, France or Scandinavia who are more similar to the USA.. In addition include how much the governments in each area contributes. Let's be fair.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  47. Katina F.

    What makes illegal aliens think they have a right to protest? They're here illegally! This goes to show that they've been handled w/ kid gloves far too long.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  48. Amir

    Does the immagration reform effect california.... or will it in the future? DOes anyone know anything about the pasific trade agreements?

    April 26, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  49. MeLoN

    It is ILLEGAL for an American not to produce Identification when asked by the Police – why should it be any different for illegal aliens?

    April 26, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  50. carol

    what if mexicans were white?would arizona check every white person for papers? there has to be a better way to control illegal immigration.maybe we can brainstorm some ideas. help improve mexican living conditions?

    April 26, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  51. Ralph Beach

    Goldman Sachs is nothing but a big business syndicate plain and simple.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:44 am |
  52. Amir

    I like the three peron interaction. Wider camera angle easier on my brain in the morning .

    April 26, 2010 at 7:43 am |
  53. Roger Miller

    I'm a freelance journalist and was thinking about doing a story on my recent surgical costs which was also a nasal surgery just like Elizabeth just reported on CNN's AM. The hospital bill alone was $33,000, that doesn't include the separate doctor/ENT bill and anathesia bill which were another $3200 and $1400 respectively. Despite only owing a deductible and co-insurance thru Blue Shield i was shocked at the cost and whats worse is the itemized costs included lots of charges for 'drugs' i NEVER received. And post surgery, the ENT doctor billed for "OFFICE SURGICAL" procedures when all he did was look inside my nose! THIS IS WHATS WRONG WITH HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S! THIS HAS MADE COSTS SKYROCKET. ON THE FLIP SIDE, I DID SHOP AROUND EVEN THOUGH I HAD INSURANCE AND IF I DIDN'T HAVE INSURANCE I FOUND OUT THAT IF I WENT TO A COUNTY HOSPITAL IT WOULD HAVE ONLY COST ME $400!!!!!

    April 26, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  54. Ralph Beach

    Immigration....I agree that people should be checked out to see if they are allowed in the US. They should have done this along time ago. What the gov should do is place a soldier 100ft along the border in order to deture illegal entry into the US.

    Surgery....Actually, I feel it is sad that we are charged so much for sugery. I need to have a heart valve sugery and can't get it because it will cost no less than $150,000... What does it have to cost so much? I guess hospitals have to make money too.

    Corporations...What exactually is the arguement? People are mad because businesses are giving money for campaigning or that the companies are having to show who they are? Can someone help me with this question?

    April 26, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  55. Isawa Kumo

    @Robert Lopez – When you immigrate here legally, you are assigned documentation to prove your status. This has always been the case. All this law says is that you have to carry this documentation (a simple card in most cases) in the event there is a question of your status.

    I carry my driver's license, social security card, and insurance cards on me at all times, and when asked to produce them to prove my identity I have never felt the need to take offense that I may be racially profiled.

    Your statement about jobs being left behind with no workers implies sympathy towards those here illegally. I would suggest you direct your energies towards helping them gain legal status here.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  56. Randall of Texas my comment about the corporation not being the rights of the individual...and my simple solution to Social Security Trust Fund by taking the electric companies away from the sharholders with a fair price and that it can be done through the 9th Amendment and the rich Wall Streeters and the Judges know it can be done. They wish that that part of the 9th Amendment would just go away but it can't be removed...see this only proves what I have been saying..the press is sold out just like Walter Cronkite said...

    I have a friend that is nearly 96 years old and he was initiated into his fraternity by Walter Cronkite and during this time this friend had to strip down and bend over and spread his cheeks while Walter Cronkite took a sling shot and tried to hit the friend in the butthole with a pea. All this proves is that hazing existed back then and that a man could be a youngster but change his life and represent the people by pursuing journalistic honesty by seeking and reporting the truth...

    April 26, 2010 at 7:35 am |
  57. Allison Nelson

    CNN, I feel that your presentation this morning of the latino military fellow was unfair and unbalanced. Latinos are not the only victims here and this issue is not about race. What about those who are victims of identity theft, auto theft, and kidnapping, etc. because illegals perpetuate crime to survive? I don't care if you're green, blue or purple, show your id and follow the law. We need to stop rewarding BAD behavior (amnesty).

    April 26, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  58. MeLoN

    @Ed if a person is in the country illegally they aren't "citizens".

    It's not about immigrants that want to come here LEGALLY. All legal immigrants are welcomed in the US.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  59. Robert lopez

    Hello to all at CNN! Starting off on the immigration reform in arizona i think its very unfair to downgrade a race that wants to thrive in this country and live peacefully among americans. I hope the state finds enough people to do the jobs they left behind!!

    April 26, 2010 at 7:24 am |
  60. Isawa Kumo

    @Ed From Chicago – I agree with you in spirit, the heart of the problem is in employers who are abusing the desperation of the illegal aliens in hiring them for wages far below what is legal to increase their profit margin. Their biggest argument is that to force them to (gasp) follow the law would drive up prices.

    The Arizona law is good start – It establishes that Illegal aliens are in fact illegal. The next step is to that eye inward on America, and start cutting the purse strings of people/businesses who are benefiting from such criminals acts.

    Again, let me say that I welcome with open arms any person, regardless of country of origin, that wants to immigrate here legally.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  61. Allison Nelson

    My parents who live in Mesa AZ have had their car stolen out of their driveway and their home broken into 3 times in the last two years – all done by illegal immigrants. If we're so paralyzed by possibly "offending" someone by asking for their ID, what about the rights of legal American citizens? We've gone too far the other way by sanctioning crime and protecting its perpetuators on this issue.
    Allison Nelson, Brooklyn, NY

    April 26, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  62. Mara

    "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

    April 26, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  63. ed from Chicago

    Class warriors are resisting the obvious solution to the problem of illegals – find them at the workplace. Trouble is, this would create problems for the white employers, as well. Better to trample the civil rights of brown citizens, and do the job on the streets.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:16 am |
  64. MeLoN

    Comparing the Jews in Germany in the 30's to the illegal aliens invading the US now is like comparing apples with skateboards.

    Gotta question the intelligence (or lack thereof) of those attempting to do that.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:15 am |
  65. mark ryan

    in regaurds to goldmen sachs.we are a country built on entrepenourship.are we mad at goldmen because they were smart enough to see a trend and possible housing slump and then acting on it in a entrepenourship matter and then making money on it.where were all of our goverment agencies responsible for monitoring these companies.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:15 am |
  66. Isawa Kumo

    I love how the pro-illegal alien stand is attempting to link the discretion of a law enforcement officer to ask for your green card (or what have you) to the Nazi practice of making the Jews wear armbands with the Star Of David.

    Seriously. If you are here legally, you already have, and likely could pull out of your purse/wallet RIGHT NOW said documentation. If you are here ILLEGALLY, then all you are doing is trying to stir things up so you can continue to stay under the radar and abuse the system for your own benefit.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:14 am |
  67. Holly

    Congratulations to Arizona for stepping up to the problem. I don't think people truly realize how much of a financial strain illegal immigrants are on tax paying citizens. They come here commit crimes, end up in jail and we are paying the tab. Not to mention the savage nature of their crimes affecting our citizens because their gangs are also here with them. They don't fill out the census for fear of being sent back by immigration which makes accountability of all people extremely difficult and costs the American tax paying citizen yet more money. When does enough become enough? We need to protect our borders and put an end to this madness. How sad that in some cities we can't even keep our own citizens safe because the criminal activity caused by these folks continues to rise. Fight back America....protect our borders!

    April 26, 2010 at 7:12 am |
  68. James

    I support The Arizona Law. There is a big problem 'on the border'. It is not a solution,but a step in the right direction.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  69. Autumn Meadows

    @Glenn you mean like what the Nazi's did to tell the Jews from the non Jews by making them wear the symbol on the sleeve of their jacket?

    April 26, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  70. Glenn M

    I wonder if Arizona would be willing to compromize on the issue. Legal residents of non-caucasian descent could be allowed to wear their documentation on their clothing, so as not to be detered without need. A patch would probably work best for this, something official looking. I'm thinking something yellow, maybe with a six pointed star. Oh, wait, somebody tried that one already. I don't remember it turning out too well.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:06 am |
  71. MeLoN

    People throw the word "racism" around when they lack the intelligence to muster an argument against illegal aliens.

    April 26, 2010 at 7:01 am |
  72. Isawa Kumo

    On Immigration – Since when did asking people to come and live here legally become a racial slur? While I fully embrace our legal immigrants as part of the great melting pot, if you are not here legally, you are a CRIMINAL.

    On Corporations – The notion that impeding their ability to donate and fund political ads and campaigns is somehow against Free Speech should become clear in the coming months, as countless corporations dump staggering amounts of money into nonstop political advertisements and commentary.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:56 am |
  73. Lorraine

    Just like our ancestors came here and registered through Ellis Island, the illegal aliens must do the same. They should not, under
    any circumstances, be allowed amnesty.
    We need to protect our borders. Terrorists can come into
    Mexico and South America and follow the same path into our country without setting off warnings.
    What is wrong with being law abiding???

    April 26, 2010 at 6:54 am |
  74. ed from Chicago

    The founding fathers were wary of corporate power. They prevented corporations from operating across state lines, or existing beyond the lifespan of the founder. These restrictions were eaten away over decades, and corporate personhood was granted due to a mistake by a legal clerk. This newest ruling is the most blatant example of judicial activism yet. Our nation is in trouble with this!

    April 26, 2010 at 6:53 am |
  75. Mara

    CNN only gives half the story. Illegal aliens are....guess what...."illegal". They are breaking the law. The federal government should be adopting Arizona's new law. Give America back to Americans....even legal immigrants should at least try to learn to speak English, not try to fly the Mexican or any other foreign flag and make an effort to become citizens.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  76. Berny Veilleux

    Profile the opposition to the Arizona Immigration Law. Your findings may self-reveal the source of the opposition. Since the Federal Government is unable or unwilling to stop the hemorrhage, States have to take action. I applaud Arizona for being the first and challenge others to do the same. Don’t fret America; it won’t happen. Illegal immigrants are a valuable resource to the agricultural industry and they’re not about to “police” themselves.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:50 am |
  77. Randy

    Arizona has a new law that violates our rights and protections against search and seizure.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:49 am |
  78. CJ Palmer

    You'd think, almost NINE YEARS after 9/11, we'd have a gov't that would secure our border. The feds have dropped the ball, so the states must pick up the slack. Frankly, I want ALL illegal aliens gone. No amnesty. What kind of message does THAT send to those who followed the rules: don't bother with the rules and you'll get put at the front of the line.
    As for Mexico, I think it's time we made it clear to them that they cannot use us as a dumping ground for their peons because of THEIR failed policies.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  79. Rick

    There is and has been a Federal Immigration Law under Section 287 that states that aliens in the U.S. could be fined $100.00 and/or 30 days in jail, for failure to carry their alien registration doduments on their persons. This is never enforced enforced by Feds. Maybe with the help of local law enforcement officers it will start to mean something more than words. For Immigration reform, I suggest two items: 1) I believe that aliens under the TPS (Temporary Protection Status) , many with over 10 years on that program, with no criminal convictions, should be adjusted to that of Lawful Permanent Residents (Green Card Resident Aliens). 2) Also, aliens with approved Immediate Family Relative Petitions should be allowed to adjust to that of a Lawful Permanent Resident Alien in the U.S., not in their country of birth, to help families stay together and avoid danger in their countries while wating for a notice from the U.S. Consulate in the country that their Immigrant Visa Packet is ready for pickup and to enter the U.S. as a Permanent Resident Alien.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  80. Randy

    The individual can vote.Corporations have know vote.How can we allow an entity with NO vote to manipulate our elections ?

    April 26, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  81. Autumn Meadows

    I am against illegal aliens but for legal immigration. However I think this law passed by Arizona is a law to excuse racial profiling. I am a latino American born and raised her my first language is English and my second language is German and I know a little spanish. I believe there is an amendment right against unwarrented search and seizure. I am an American and I should not have to prove who I am just because I "LOOK" mexican. I want to know why in the hell corperations are not constantly audited there in Arizona for illegals and they have proof they are citizens. You know why cause citizens dont have lobbyist but corperations do. You get rid of the incentives for them to be there I garentee they wont be there. cut the cash flow..choke them out but don't punish us legal citizens because this government can't keep them from entering this country.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  82. JoAnn Young

    I don't live in Arizona, so I don't know the problems they have eperienced from people illegally entering tthrough their state to come to America. But just using logic, I support Arizona's effort to control the American border in their state. What is wrong with the legal citizens of Arizona wanting to do this? I don't understand the protesting. Arizona did not say they are going to physically harm anyone.They are just going to expel illegal entrants from their state.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:41 am |
  83. James H.

    Congratulations, John, and best wishes, Kyra!

    April 26, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  84. Fern

    Good morning CNN
    My family are immigrants but they did it legally. I'm all for this law it may be racial profiling but let's face it the majority of illegal immigrants coming into the country from Arizona are obviously from Central and South America.

    I do have a small comment about about the interview given to the soldier about his opinion on the new Arizona law. According to FM 27-14, it " requires that soldiers will not publicly dispute civilian leaders. " I served for five years and depolyed twice and the lack of discipline amongst our lower enlisted blows my mind!

    April 26, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  85. MeLoN

    Profile is illegal.. and you're against it but you are for being in the country illegally?

    Can we say CONFUSED?

    April 26, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  86. Steven from Canada

    I think Arizona has the right idea! In Canada we are required to have I.D at any givin time. I'm glad of it. The very thought of all these people who are undocumented is scary, anyone could be a terrorist. If someone wanted to do the country harm, if they were smart, they wouldn't get a Middle Eastern to do it. Get a Mexican! They can get in the country easily and won't be challenged for fear of a racial motivated lawsuite! Think about it America! Your unsecure, Unsafe!

    Not to mention all the resources illegals use up! Housing, lines at grocey store, classroom sizes. If people don't like immigration enforcement, they better get some paper work or go home! You can't call any country home until you are a legal citizen !

    April 26, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  87. Susan New Jersey

    Come on people. We all can feel both sides of this issue. Instead of slamming the people who are already here, legal or not, lets first remove all the illegals who are in our jail system and send them back. There is no easy answer no matter what the outcome is going to be. I feel the people who are here, working, not draining our system, can stay. They came here to better their lives in an honest way regardless if they came here illegally. You know as well I do that if you lived over there you would do everything in your power to do what needed to be done for your family. At least once they got here they did the right thing. Now for anyone who has a record of any kind, send them back. Not a traffic ticket type of record either. Businesses who hire illegals should be fined. Since the people he hired are working, let them stay, obviouslly they are doing the right thing.
    Legalize pot already for goodness sake.
    I have more to say but I have to get ready for work.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  88. MeLoN

    The US is suffering now economically because of the flood of illegal aliens. Are you worried about THAT?

    How many votes would the Democrats lose if the invasion was stopped and the illegal were ejected from the country?

    April 26, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  89. Marquis

    Profilling is illegal. As King best stated " Judgement should be placed on content of Character and not color of skin" MLK

    April 26, 2010 at 6:33 am |
  90. Brian H

    I,m sure it is inconvenient to have your immigration status checked. But imagine how "inconvenient" it is for the legal citizens as well as their families who have been kidnapped, murdered,etc. Try running some stories about the real victims. You should also try pointing out that under the so-called profiling policies African Americans, Asians, Etc. wouldn't be profiled as well as "whites".

    April 26, 2010 at 6:31 am |
  91. Leslie

    Papers please!! This AZ law reeks of racism of the past and AZ will suffer economically .....tourism will decline.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:27 am |
  92. Dave

    My hat is off to PFC Medina. It appears he is taking steps to correct a wrong. But his attempts do not correct the illegal actions of his parents and other family members. They need to be held accountable for their past illegal actions. Why are we, as a Nation, so willing to support ILLEGAL Immigration? The Governor of Arizona is on the right track! Now, if other politicians would follow in her footsteps!

    April 26, 2010 at 6:27 am |
  93. Bob in Florida

    I guess the Quinnipiac poll didn't allow corporations to vote on the Supreme Court decision question.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  94. J. SIEGEL

    Medina is still not a citizen> Go home a come back legally!! All my family from european countries had to enter legally an learn ENGLISH...

    April 26, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  95. Bruce Marshall

    I don't understand all the up roar, every time I get on a plane or cross the Canadian boarder I have to have paper work proving who I am. When the police stop me they ask for drivers lic. and registration. This law would make me feel safer unless I'm breaking the law. So if this law is thrown out does that mean the airlines can't put me through all the questions and ask for my paper work???? I'll tell the police they are profiling me when they ask for my drivers lic. the next time they stop me.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:24 am |
  96. Bob in Houston

    Smart people have made bold claims. Hawkins believes in aliens, Einstein said time travel was possible, etc. I'm not a genius, but if I could make a bold claim to the world, I believe that mankind will one day have the capacity to create other planets.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:23 am |
  97. Randall of Texas

    Wall Street and worries about not reforming by making complex investments transparent but rather let's just stop complex investment creations.

    FACE VALUE of the entire Wall Street myth:

    Kraft Foods (symbol KFT NYSE) has a share price at close 04-23-10 of $30.09 but can come up with only $17.51 per share real value! Yer that is better than IBM which closing price the same day was $129.99 yet they can come up with only $17.21 per share real value!

    Kraft has 1.4 billion shares outstanding and IBM has 1.28 billon shares outstanding.

    These are inflated price per share values and you want to make a debate about pulling Wall Street being realigned? Burning down the barn to get rid of the rats isn't necessarily the solution. Just stop the casino style investing and stop ALL short selling and let's get on with it.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:23 am |
  98. Larry

    What about the viewpoint of the 70% of people in Arizona who support this? Why did CNN not share their viewpoint?

    April 26, 2010 at 6:21 am |
  99. MeLoN

    Why are Americans expected to obey the laws but illegal aliens aren't?

    Anybody that supports illegal aliens is Anti-American.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  100. MeLoN

    Good morning CNN!

    Arizona has the right idea. All states should enact the same law.

    The US can't afford not to fight this invasion.

    Survival before charity.

    April 26, 2010 at 6:03 am |
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