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April 30th, 2010
12:09 PM ET

Many Latinos already fleeing Phoenix

(CNN) – As the battle lines are drawn over Arizona's new immigration law, Latinos in Phoenix, legal or not, say they're already being targeted. CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports.

Filed under: Immigration
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Rhonda

    I still don't get it. We dam the Colorado River, portion the water to California and Arizona, destroy beautiful farmland in Mexico and wonder why they want to come here. Truthfully, we are all foreigners. Our ancestors came here to escape poverty, prejudice and political freedom but now we don't want to let others in. Am I missing something?

    May 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
  2. John

    "Oh, how quickly we forget! The media forgot to report on the thousands of people that marched this weekend everywhere.
    The numbers were huge in comparison with tea baggers. They were better behaved than tea baggers. Where is the media?????"

    Nita, you are joking aren't you. Apparently the only place you get your news is from the Lame Stream Media.

    May 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  3. john

    to start with i would like to say I respect any immigrant that has come here legally. hose people that break the law should face the punishment . If I rob a bank (a federal offense) so that my family can have a better life than according to these people that support illegal immigration I should not be punished .lets get real break the law and you deserve to be punished.

    May 3, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  4. Michael Carlton

    American people should be the last ones to talk about immigration. The I.N.S. has not done a good job at all with people from other countries. These haters need to remind themselves about how this country was created. The attitude of these so-called citizens need to be checked. "America:The Story of Us" on the History Channel should wake some people back up. It does no good to be bigoted when over half the population have parents from another country, or have roots in another country. "Who Do You Think You Are" on NBC or msnbc would not be on right now if people didn't want to know where they came from. So-called "immigrants" were good to do menial jobs THEIR children didin't want to do. Now they need to get out if their not legal? That's garbage!!!! Her husband is going back to keep his wife here. That's noble because he doesn't wnat to wait ten years to get his "green card".

    May 3, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  5. john doe

    So what you are telling me is that it is working??? Huh, GOOD!!! Look at sat night in New york!!! USA is the way!!!

    May 3, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  6. Nita

    Oh, how quickly we forget! The media forgot to report on the thousands of people that marched this weekend everywhere.
    The numbers were huge in comparison with tea baggers. They were better behaved than tea baggers. Where is the media?????

    May 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  7. Ron

    Become legal you wouldnt have to worry then would you. Not legal get out.

    May 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  8. Children Of The Corn Adopion Agency

    Don't blame anyone but him, for being here illegally. If you want to be an American then go through the process like any other immigrant. These illegals are what is causing antipathy for immigration and naturalization.

    Consider the USA a party. If you have been given an invitation then you can stay. If you show up without one, try to hide in the crowd you are considered a "crasher". What happens to crashers. . .They are thrown out!

    May 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  9. G Dub

    I about thru my coffee when I was listening to this story. It was not so much about the story itself as the absolute ineptitude of the person doing the story. Did your reporter even ask ONCE why this self proclaimed smart woman never started the legal process of getting her husband citizenship? Why is the family not considering moving to Mexico? Could it be that the immigration requirements there are much more stringent, that the professional counselor would not be allowed to work?

    Do immigration stories. But try to remember what was taught in journalism school. THis story was a joke the way it was produced. It is funny that reporters have no problem sticking a microphone in someone's face after a loved one is killed in a tornado or a fire and ask tough questions, but you cannot ask this woman tough questions?

    How about the other side of the story, or does this issue in your opinion only have victims and big bad racists?

    May 1, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  10. Dinah Campi

    I would be proud to show my papers if stopped by police. I have car insurance, etc already in glove box. I show my papers with me when I vote..I carry that card in my wallet. Why the hoopla?? I WOULD BE PROUD TO SHOW MY PAPERS to anyone who wanted to see them. I dont understand why a person would be offended...BE PROUD to show them

    May 1, 2010 at 8:32 am |
  11. someone

    Well, this report doesn't make no sense. she could have apply for a visa or green card for the husband. it is a long process, but if u have a nice car then you can afford to get a lawyer. Maybe, you all are lazy people and don't wanna spend in getting it right. it seems to me like people acting, so i feel like is it so bad. I think they should be honest and say, i fail to do this and so i should file, plus if u pay ur taxes u can have all the paper work done in 4 to 6 months.

    May 1, 2010 at 5:51 am |
  12. Lafenmom

    Umm...she could always join her 'undocumented husband'

    April 30, 2010 at 9:26 pm |
  13. Betsy Abraham

    I have no idea why this is such a big concern in Pheonix. I know there are alot of Mexicans there, but many more in Texas. being a 14 year old, even I can say we can't secure the United States, yet we are fighting overseas to help lives over there.

    April 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  14. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    This illegal just gets in his car and drives off without a drivers license or insurance this woman should be charged for harboring a law breaker she's getting what she deserves .

    April 30, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  15. Bob

    You're kidding, of course. I should feel sympathy for this family? The father breaks the law and now (finally!) a government (state of Arizona) finally takes steps to bring lawbreakers to justice...and you expect me to feel SYMPATHY for them?

    Get real. Your piece eloquently demonstrated that Arizona is on the right track in finally remedying our nation's disgraceful immigration abuses. Now if only the liberal press will stop slanting the news to make these scofflaws victims, the public will fully appreciate how much we owe the courageous government officials in Arizona.

    April 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  16. Luis Teixeira

    The immigration is a Human Right no law can stoped, no body can taked from you, could be controled, but nobody can stoped, Arizona law is inhuman, is agains the hispanic people, is violent, create hate, and racism inside USA, something like this can make unstable the nation, and hurt in many ways, of course that wew can protec our borders, that not con we do is chase people inside united states profiling hispanics....

    April 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  17. Mary

    good let the other states have the violence, drugs, ect. They are very good at fleeing so it isn't a surprise. Az will rise again :).

    April 30, 2010 at 1:45 pm |