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April 30th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Immigration law supporters: Arizona law a right solution

(CNN) – Arizona's new immigration law requires police to check whether a person is in the United States legally, if there is a reason to suspect he or she isn't. Critics say it could foster racial profiling, but get closer to the border and you'll find many supporters, some loud and angry, who say this law will save American lives. CNN's Casey Wian reports.


Filed under: Controversy • Immigration
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. anon

    After reading all of the previous posts there does not seem to be anyone that disagrees with the law in Arizona. Why is it being shown as being controvesial? people seem to forget that when a person crosses a border into the United States, without proper documentation, they have commited a felony offense. If the same person crossed the border illegally into Isreal for example, they would be thrown into prison for life. No questions asked. Why is there law enforcement if they are not going to enforce the laws? It is a federal offense to illegally cross the border. It is a matter of national security.

    May 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  2. Ron

    If you listen to most of these news networks they put on that all Americans are against the new Arizona Law when will they get it right. Lets not step on anyones toes is that how it is anymore. Be careful what you say or you might hurt someones feelings that has to end. If you are illegal that in itself is a crime time to get out.

    May 6, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  3. Harry

    I am a construction worker in Texas. The illegal problem is huge down here. I see it every day. Some say that illegals only take the jobs that others don't want. Well, thats a bunch of bull!!!! Illegals have completely flooded the carpenter trade here in Texas. A good carpenter here can learn the trade in a few years and start a business making 100k a year plus. Now does that sound like a job that no one else wants? I applaud you Arizona!!!! I wish Texas had the backbone to fix our problem. I lose jobs every day to illegals.I have no problem with people that come here legally and support our country. Lets face it, we are all immigrants to this country but most of our ancestors came over legally and help build this country and not destroy it!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  4. Mike M.

    Where is the border wall in Canal County Arizona? If the wall was there, they would not have high speed chases as reported. The system has obviously failed here and having John McCain with his timid attitude towards it all does nothing but exasperate the people in that town hall meeting.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  5. Mike M.

    Is anybody hearing us? I voted for President Obama and I'm baffled as to why he can't/wont support the new law. I find it hard to believe the theory it's about votes. Meaning the possibility he could lose the Latin support he so enjoyed to help win office. Should there be any foundation to this rumor, I will not support him anymore with my vote.
    Bring in the national Guard back from the Bush wars and station them on the border. Build a flight of drones, and not just one to spy on those aliens who try and penetrate our border wall.
    How difficult does this have to be? We are the most powerful Nation in the world and we can't get it together to stop the flow of illegal aliens.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  6. Ron

    Looks like to me just reading these few comments everybody agrees with the new Arizona law. Im proud to be an American I'm tired of being pushed around in my own country and made out to be the bad guy or being branded as a racist if i don't want illegal aliens here. Send them packing whatever it takes. You want to live in America there is a legal way. Keep it south of the border if you aren't legal.

    May 4, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  7. Mike M.

    Being an illegal alien is a crime. They should be forced into help build our wall for punishment.
    MAD

    May 3, 2010 at 7:40 am |
  8. Mike M.

    So where is the border wall? Somebody tell me? Last time I heard it was supposed to be 700 miles long and we only had 150 miles to go and completed by last Christmas. Where is this story and the true effectivness of it????? "Git 'er Done" !!!

    May 3, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  9. Mike M.

    After reading the previous comments on this issue it appears very clear to be the strong majority stands behing the new Arizona Law. My question here is why is CNN trying to give we...their viewers the opinion we are treating on someone's rights because of something called "profiling". A real American would be proud to flash proof of ID and citicenship. Those that aren't obviously must have a good reason.
    Flood the skies with air drones and finish the wall Obama!

    May 3, 2010 at 7:29 am |
  10. Ron

    Its about time someone has some back bone. I wish more states would follow Arizonas lead.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  11. Joan

    As a teacher in California, we have seen the system overcrowded with immigrants most of whom receive free breakfast and lunch at taxpayers expense. We now have 40 or more per classroom, books and public property being deliberately destroyed everyday, uninterested parents, huge drop out and pregnancy rates, and disastrous test scores. We estimate that about one third of the students are undocumented.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  12. robert m bennett sr

    The federal government has left this state out to dry alone on the line. If no help is coming from the government then the state needs to fend for themselves. Its has to be stressful knowing that at any time so many people[ most just looking for a better way] are passing through your neighborhood illegally. You have the right as a citizen to life,liberty,and happiness. Why isn't the government welcoming the help of Arizona police in the fight on illegal immigration, and cooperating in any way possible. This government has so many problems on it's plate you would think it would be pleased with the help.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:04 pm |
  13. Jgy

    I think all states should stand by Arizona, this has got to end. We need to take our country back from these foreign freeloaders. They are bankrupting our country taking advantage of us on our dime. Having babies and hospital stays all being paid for by our taxes. If any of us tried to enter their country like they abuse our borders, we would be shot!

    The vast American populace is tired of this abuse, we will act if pushed for our own survival as a nation. Our citizenship needs to have meaning vs. allowing anyone to stay freeload on our dime.

    April 30, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  14. Mary

    I saw a sign on tv that read "We are the majority". Look what they did to Miami!!! They breed and breed because everything here is free for them. From medical-food we (american citizens) are paying for them. IT HAS TO STOP NOW. AZ is another little Havanha. Either you carry a gun to protect yourself or you just don't visit. I read a bedbugs are now making there way into households too. They claim it is coming from the illegals bring in these diseases. What next..Send them back we don't want them here. Don't they undertand this.

    April 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  15. kw

    We have random stop and search on the highways. We have rouitine safety checks on the public roads. We have DUI check points or dragnets. Why does anyone not protest any of that.. After all, it's not like there is probable cause for the stop. kw

    April 30, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  16. ruthanne

    I don't understand why people are so upset with Arizona. They are doing what is already a federal law in that it is illegal to be in the US without documentation.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  17. Stephen Jackson

    This mornings sad story of the spouse of a U.S. Citizen leaving Arizona for fear of the new illegal immigrant law showed a human tragedy that does not need to happen under the law. Why didn't CNN's report the following:

    A path to citizenship is through marriage to a U.S. citizen. The process is pretty straight-forward. The spouse who is a citizen must file a petition to get an immigration visa and act as a sponsor. The immigrant must live in the U.S. for three years and keep a clean criminal record. Finally the immigrant must pass a test and take the oath of allegiance.

    I hope you contact the couple and advise them to seek legal advise for existing rules for citizenship through marriage.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  18. Satara

    I'm on the fence with the Arizona Immigration Law. I do see the potiental risk that America in it self face with illegal immigrants coming to United States for a better. I believe all Americans want a better life. What concerns me most is that we have people in the United States who are untraceable. Untraceable for income, tax revenue, crime that in it self is "SCARY" The is a socio-ecomonic wildfire that needs to be contained. For the future of Americans. I kinda think of it as "Citizenship Audit"......at any given time people should be about to show proof they are in the country legally. Since this is an issue something needs to be in place to ensure the stability of english as the fist language American people.

    Arzonia Immigration Law needs tweeked the Governor of Arzonia is attempting to bring order and force the government to make this a priority.......It is a larger than life issue that needs to be address to bring a calm to society.

    I am a strong advocate of ENGLISH Only policy.....it ensure the future of my children and there children and there after.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  19. jmz

    Of course. We are the ones having to deal with the crime and problems associated with illegals. The only people who are against this are the illegals and theior supporters or. Pc hippies who know nothing and don't have to deal with what's going on. Its easy to. Demmand we supprt something when you are the ones receiving the benift or don't have to pay for it. I say send alll thoes illegals to sanctuarty cities and let them deal with it...they will chance their liberal tune before weeks end!

    April 30, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  20. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    it's easy for Northern people to call the south bigots and racist because they have not walked the walk or paid the bill they do not have this problem up North so they have no idea but the North is quick to shoot there mouths off . if the illegals migrate North then there opinions will change .

    April 30, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  21. howie

    time to stop being "politically correct" and put away the race card, if it was 7 million Norwegians in our country illegally, taxing our overburdened welfare system, school systems, health care system i'd want then gone too. this is not about race, its about what is right for America and her rightful legal citizens, period!.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:12 am |