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April 28th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Mexico issues travel alert over Arizona immigration law

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Arizona's tough new immigration law hasn't even gone into effect yet, and it's already working:

Mexico has issued an alert for Mexicans traveling to Arizona. The country is urging its citizens to be careful... that they may be "harassed and questioned without further cause at any time" should they go to Arizona.

That's not the case at all, but it is ironic. Travel warnings usually work the other way around... with various countries warning their citizens not to go to Mexico due to drug-related violence.

However, no good deed goes unpunished.

The Obama administration might challenge Arizona's new law in court. They're concerned the law could take away resources needed to target criminals. How utterly absurd. How about the 460,000 people who are in Arizona illegally now? The reason Arizona did this is the federal government refuses to enforce our immigration laws.

Meanwhile seven members of the city council have signed a proposal for Los Angeles to "refrain from conducting business" in Arizona, and San Francisco's mayor has imposed an immediate moratorium on city-related travel to that state.

But Arizona's Governor Jan Brewer says she's not worried about possible boycotts. And she points out that the new law is about the safety of Arizona's citizens.

And she's getting support from at least one legislator in Texas who wants the Lone Star State to pass a similar law. President Obama should be embarrassed by this.

Here’s my question to you: Is it a good thing that Mexico is issuing a travel alert over Arizona's new immigration law?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bruce in Bend, Oregon writes:
It sure as hell won't hurt Arizona. Our fellow citizens there have been put to the test and then some. Thank God they have the guts to stand up for themselves when the federal government has essentially abandoned them and kowtowed to the interests of illegal alien mouthpieces. Thanks Arizona for showing us what protecting our country is all about.

John in Arizona writes:
If viewers are interested in why we in Arizona are so fed up with the lack of border security, visit the legacy of Janet Napolitano and others to interview the illegal criminals that are jamming our prisons, jails and courtrooms! We are drowning in a sea of illegal aliens who have no problem being fed and housed at taxpayer expense.

Scott in San Diego writes:
This is not good for California. The illegal immigrants will just come here, raise our crime rate and bankrupt our state even further. Our taxes can't be raised high enough to cover the burden they place on our budget. I'm thinking a move to Arizona is in the near future.

Chris in Iowa writes:
It's a good sign that it's being taken seriously. The Arizona law itself is probably unconstitutional and rings dangerously of jackboots, but the motivation behind is right... immigration is out of control and people are rightly scrambling for any effective solution.

Greg in Phoenix writes:
I love it! First Arizona steps to the plate to actually attempt to keep illegal immigrants out. Now Mexico issues a warning. You'd think our federal government would have some nerve, some elan, some zeal for protecting the U.S. from illegal immigrants. And tough bounce if the ACLU, politicians in general and any other "offended dweeb" doesn't like it. Racial profiling...amen and about time.

Luke writes:
I believe that Mexico is being pro-active, preparing its citizens for what will become inevitable. I hope Canada, Latin America, and South American countries are preparing their citizens as well. The entire world goes on notice: be prepared to be stopped and harassed by the Americans.

Jeff writes:
Now if only Mexico would issue an alert for the other 49 states, we'd be in business.


Filed under: Immigration • Mexico
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. JIM El Paso Tx

    Jack...who gives a rats butt what Calderon says about coming to Arizona. The only "tourists" the border states see are ILLEGALS slipping through the fences an across the deserts. Hardly anything we should care the least about!!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  2. JK

    Yes it is and hopefully it will work. Although many of those in fact most are good people they are the ones that the cartels are abusing and using as human canon fodder. Having been raised in a border town I know most of those crossing over are serious about becoming citizens and improving their lives but the situation is such that it has become too dangerous for them to try and it's not the US or AZ governments they need to fear. But to many the risk will still be worth it, the cartels are an enemy they know I just hope they are prepared to face the new enemy who wants to take advantage of them. The media and politicians on both sides of the argument will drag them out, point them out and try to take advantage of them for their own personal gains.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  3. Joelan3

    Yes I do think it's a good thing. As much as I'm against the bill, there is a problem in certain area's of the country that need to be addressed and if it's so bad down in Arizona and the government has a blind eye to it then the bill is one way to get the ball rolling. They need to close up the border and not have racial profiling which is what it will become. If the other states start doing the same, where are they going to put all these illegals from every other country. Internment camps? they will have to be held somewhere and what about all the innocent ones that won't have their case examined immediately because there is so many in the camps.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  4. Tom

    Absolutely, the Mexican Government should warn their citizens that the possibility of arrest exists should they enter the country illegally. How many US citizeens have been arrested or are in jail now from entering a country illegally. (either intentionally or accidentally)

    April 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  5. Rob

    Bravo Arizona! It is about time someone stepped up and finally said "enough is enough". Let Mexico issue it's warnings...maybe they'll boycott coming to America completely. The federal government to too scared to do anything about this problem and it's that inaction that demands that the states protect themselves. This law is probably no perfect and will leave openings for abuse, but a situation exists that need to be corrected. If the Latino community does not want to be "harassed and questioned without cause" then police yourselves and get the illegals out.

    One final word-ILLEGAL = CRIMINAL

    April 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  6. Tanja

    How about the fact that we would not have this problem if no one is hiring illegal immigrants? It is wrong to target immigrants and not business that hire them.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  7. Larrywp

    Absolutely, Jack. It is a wonderful blessing, what the Mexican "government" is doing. I fervently hope that the State of Texas follows suit with Arizona, and maybe we can get a travel advisory too!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  8. jealous_in_newmexico

    I could only hope New Mexico follows suit. We've seen crime spike in Albuquerque. As someone who had their home broken into and sense of security taken, I can tell you I'm ready for immigration reform. The cops said property crimes have risen due to drug related issues in Mexico. I'm sick of it. The violence is so random and with Arizona having the cities with the highest risk for kidnapping, it's no wonder they're taking matters into their own hands. It's clear the feds aren't going to address the issue. If states don't do something, people will start turning to vigilante justice to protect their citizen and property rights...

    April 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  9. David

    Mexico's travel advisories have nothing to do with illegal immigration. That travel alert will have zero effect on anybody who wants to get to the United States. Those desperate enough to cross the border are not going to care where the government advises to go. Even with the current law it's better to be poor in Arizona with the small possibility of being caught and sent back than it is to be poor in Mexico.

    Plymouth, MN

    April 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  10. Michael

    If that is Mexico's reaction, then I think the law is starting to indeed work. States have long tired of the Federal Government not enforcing laws that have a direct impact on the people that live in those states. When the states count on the Federal Government for disaster assistnace, they fail miserably, but when a state decides it has had enough of the inaction, then they want to get involved.

    It is within a State's right to enact legislation to protect its citizens no matter how much the current administration dislikes the 10th amendment.

    You can ban smoking and texting while driving, but when it comes to living in this country illegally, many on the left feel that you should let that one go. You can't pick and choose the laws to follow.

    Michael
    Jacksonville, FL

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  11. Charlie from Orange County

    Leave it to Mexico to pull something like this. If you are in our country legally, even if you are stopped, you should have no problem. The bottom line is that, if Mexico had a legitimate government that was not so rife with corruption, it could have a decent economy that would incent it's citizens to stay within it's borders. Good also to see that California has now taken it upon themselves to punish Arizona. Of course, focusing on other states issues is better than focusing on the financial disaster they have themselves in. But hey, like Mexico, better to focus on other peoples issues than deal with yours.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  12. Greg Krueger

    This is a great law! Obama should be embarrassed by his inaction on this. The Obama administration and Congress need to supply the resources needed to immediately remove the 400,000+ illegals from Arizona and the countless others as soon as possible. The cost to state and local agencies to provide services for those not in this country legally is massive and needs to be addressed.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  13. Renea Burman

    Yes, it shows the world how far we have sunk. I also think that the U.S. Department of State should issue a similar warning to its brown citizens residing in the U.S. not to be caught poolside in Arizona without their passport or birth certificate, or risk being deported to a foreign country (Mexico, Guatemala, etc.).

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  14. Denise

    I think the law is awesome and it should be in every state!!! GO AZ from TN

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  15. David

    Yes, maybe this will serve as early notice that ILLEGAL ALIENS should keep out.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  16. Aaron, Omaha

    This "warning" is a lie. The only reason Mexico issued the alert is to patronize the new immigration law, which almost all of America supports. When 9/10 illegal aliens are hispanic, I cannot understand how people can cry racism when someone wants to question a non english speaking hispanic about his citizenship. The typical illegal alien description in everyones mind is, non english speaking, hispanic, no valid drivers license, and no ss#.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  17. Lacy Collins

    It's actually pretty easy to stop the flow of illegal immigrants. By imposing hefty fines on those who employ illegal immigrants, we would eliminate the job opportunities. We should start with fines of $1000.00 per day per worker for each day the worker is employed. Second offenses should be $5000.00 per day per worker and third offenses should require that the business be shut down.

    Illegal immigrants should not be eligible for government aid of any kind and they should be required to pay for any medical services rendered. These steps would stem the flow of illegal immigrants without the expense of walls or guards. The national guard could then assist the border patrols in stemming the flow of narcotics.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  18. pete at the beach

    Its working to Arizonas detriment. Did you know legal visitation ie tourism from Mexico is Arizona's biggest cutomer and that one third of Arizonas buisiness comes from Mexico??? and this ol farm boy who grew up with mexican nationals isnt gonna spend a dime in Arizona??thats how good its working

    April 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  19. Bob of Glendale

    I welcome the new law, Its time some one Stood Up Arizona, Now if Obama comes to Phoenix we want to see His BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  20. Rasta

    Carrying your alien registration should not be any more of a hassle than carrying your draft card 40 years ago. If you have it, no worry.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  21. Colleen

    Writing from New Mexico.

    Communities foster illegal immigration. CA has fields of vegetables and produce. When was the last time you saw teenagers picking produce in fields as their summertime job? Maybe the 1970s? Those positions have been left for the lower paid migrant farm workers. Teens are now the entitled generation and those field jobs are available to whoever is available – and those are not our youth. Without the need, would there be 466,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona? Who hires household help and childcare at an illegal immigrant's discounted rate? 466,000 are not sitting on curbs or lining the streets without work. Arizonians provide an opportunity for them, legal and illegal alike. The real story will be when Arizona begins picking up illegal workers and the community is left without landscape help, childcare and housekeepers! So, Jan Brewer will now keep Arizonians "safe". And at what price to the community is yet to be seen. Mexico's alert should read: Let the US population suffer the consequences of no cheap labor. Let them hire their teenagers. Mexicans stay home!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  22. Annie, Atlanta

    Definitely. Mexico would be remiss in not warning its citizens of Arizona’s new racial profiling of Hispanics only law. What genius thought it was a good idea to declare open season on people from a country they depend on for business and tourism?

    According to the DesMoines Register, today, Pat Bertroche, a Republican candidate for state office in Iowa suggested implanting microchips in undocumented immigrants, saying "I can microchip my dog so I can find it. Why can't I microchip an illegal?" If I were the Mexican government, I would warn my people against travel to anywhere in the U.S. while the political climate is so toxic.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  23. james

    Time for Texas to get on board with this!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  24. Kenan Lott

    Regardless of your race, nationality, religious beliefs or sexual orientation, you are welcome to enjoy the fruits of the American dream just as long as you pay your share and to assimilate into our culture.

    We all pay taxes to support the infrastructure that provides for all of our citizens.

    Taxes support the schools, law enforcement, public utilities and hospitals. If you do not pay your share, you are stealing the American dream.

    Obey all of the laws of this country.

    Speak the language of the country, the Declaration of Independence was written in English.

    Take an oath to protect and serve this country.

    Do not protest our country and ask us to change it for you if you are not willing to do assimilate and pay your share.

    So, sign up to be a part of America or go home.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  25. Murf

    Jack,

    I couldn't care less what Mexico thinks about Arizona's new immigration law. Quite frankly, this is a situation where the Democrats are acting like Republicans of late. They don't have any solutions to bring to the table and they don't like the solution that someone else comes up with! That's the problem with our Government. On the National level, Democrats are proposing solutions and Republicans are throwing up road blocks while the Country and its citizens suffer. And these guys have the nerve to call themselves patriots. Now we're seeing a reversal at the State level. The Republicans in Arizona provided a solution and the Democrats are throwing up road blocks while the citizens of Arizona suffer. It's shameful. The President and Congress either need to get to cookin' or get the hell out of the kitchen on the immigration issue.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  26. Sandra Collins

    I find it rather humerous that Mexico is warning their citizen not to travel to Arizona. I also find it interesting that Americans who venture south of the border have been subject to harrassment by Mexican police and officials for time on end. A mere traffic stop by a Mexican police officer can place you in jail until you pay fines or bribe you way out.

    With Mexico it seems there is never a quid pro quo. Everything is one- sided to Mexico's benefit ; from sending their poor to the U.S. at taxpayers expense for services and benefits they (somehow) feel they are entitled or constant demands for money or assistance to assist in their drug war that they created by ignoring the problem until their own citizens are being murdered in the street.

    I applaud Arizona and if California (where I live) decides to boycott Arizona, I'm leaving the state to take up residence in Arizona!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  27. ZionMari

    Its a good idea for Mexican nationals to carry papers. And its a good idea for Mexico to issue a travel advisory. Personally, I will not go to Arizona. They are free to sign into law anything as vile as SR 1070, and I am (and millions of us) are free to boycott the state of AZ.

    There are just and fair solutions to our broken immigration system, that do not include profiling. And SR 1070 is all about profiling, how else can the police know who they suspect as being legal or illegal than by looking at a person's race or ethnicity.

    SR 1070 is a throw back to Jim Crow laws, sad but true.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  28. Rocco

    It's more ironic than anything that Mexico is issuing a travel alert. AZ's law simply reflects the federal illegal immigration legislation, yet Mexico has had no problem to date allowing all their citizens to flee to the US for free – even if they are doing it illegally. I agree with the AZ law, and I see that it's working already as more and more illegals are moving out of AZ (or not coming here in the first place) because of this law. At some point, some legislature had to stand up for AMERICA and not for Mexico.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  29. Barbie from Hollywood, CA

    Yes, Mexico is correct in issuing warnings to people who cross back & forth across the Border w/Arizona for legitimate purposes. If AZ can detain a Calif. born truck driver and force his wife to drive from Fresno, CA with his birth certificate to PROVE his trucker's license isn't fake, look at all the other damage to peoples' lives the bad apples in AZ Law Enforcement can do. .Joe Arpaio must be dancing in the streets! And if Texas and Utah follow thru with their own Laws before we can get this craziness stopped (Why won't Republicans cooperate on Immigration reform?) there will be lots of damage done – to innocent people, mostly. The only way to make this fair is to ask everyone (with no exceptions) for their papers... That should really clog the wheels.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  30. Walter Reeves

    Our Government has printed every single work related law, minimum wage rate, employee rule changes, or any other various employment form in Spanish since I started working in 1979.
    It would appear that nobody in public office (on any level) has been overly concerned with Spanish speaking workers in the United States whether they were legal or illegal. If anything, this Arizona law will at least open the door to finally addressing a problem that has been ignored by the United States for decades.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  31. DIANA

    Yes, like Arizona is protecting its citizens, Mexico should protect its citizens from unreasonable search. I'm talking about those who cross the border leagally.

    And it's my duty to protect my family from unlawful search so I don't plan on going to Arizona.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  32. Walt Holden

    close the boarders and save our citizens, that's the job of the state and federal goverment. right? so whats stopping our goverment from doing what we pay them to do....protect protect if you don't like what is going on in goverment, state or federal vote them out this fall....oh ya
    but protect our citizens at all cost.............

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  33. Gen Devries

    Is it a good thing that Mexico is issuing a travel alert over Arizona's new immigration law?

    I think it's wonderful that Mexico has warned it's citizens about travel to Arizona. I wish the alert was for California as well. We should be enforcing our existing laws and this would not have been necessary.

    I was so sad to see American Hispanic young people crying over this. Clearly they don't understand the purpose and meaning of this law. it's unfortunate.

    Gen (San Diego, CA)

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  34. Lanced

    Jack,
    Who care about how Mexico react to the law! Why discuss about the reaction to the law rather than the law itself? Do you carry a proof of citizenship in your pocket right now? If not, would you be worry? May be not because police will not think you are "illegal immigrant" because of your skin color. But if my skin color is just a tad different than your, then I would be at the cop mercy for not carry may proof of citizenship. That is what I want to discuss.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  35. John in Phoenix

    Rather than issuing travel alerts about Arizona, government officials in Mexico should instead be working to improve their own country's economy. The good people of Mexico should not have to risk their lives crossing a desert and break U.S. law just to provide for their families.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  36. Subbu Iyer

    Jack,

    Whilst your hard line on this issue is understandable, nothing really justifies the Draconian powers that the State of AZ has arrogated to itself and its police officers. This will be a disaster if implemented. People can and will be rounded up on a whim – unintended consequences.

    What is absolutely justifiable is a set of tough measures to seal the border. We should do all we can to prevent illegal entry into this country.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  37. bobster

    Yes!..Yes!.., About time someone is enforcing the law out there. infact the Mexican Governments reaction to this new Arizona law is over-due. I like my neighboors south of the boarder, but they need to immigrate leagally.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  38. John, Cumming, GA

    I think this is a great law. You said it yourself in the blog, "How about the 460,000 people who are in Arizona illegally now? The reason Arizona did this is the federal government refuses to enforce our immigration laws."

    I would even add to that. . . what about the folks that live on the border who have illegals crossing thru their yards, property, etc. leaving trash, destroying fences and worse yet, probably these homeowners are at risk for burglaries, etc. We should be protecting them.

    The US spends more time keeping educated people from Europe, etc. coming into the US than they do keeping illegal latin americans from crossing our borders. Why? Because it's cheaper, it's easier and the educated Europeans will obey laws.

    It's that simple.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  39. Chris

    Why should Obama be embarrassed? You didn't expect a Democrat to kick Hispanics out did you? Who should be embarrassed is Republicans who owned Washinginton for 6 years along with Bush and did nothing. Why was that?

    Bring our troops home from Germany, Japan, Middle East, etc. and put them on the border. I thought we were a country afraid of terrorists.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  40. slozomby

    Is it a good thing that Mexico is issuing a travel alert over Arizona's new immigration law?

    does it matter? the illegals will still come. and its not like arizona is a massive tourist destination for foreigners,

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  41. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Why does the Mexican government issue a "travel advisory" for it's citizens visiting this country, but it doesn't care that millions of its citizens have come here to STAY ILLEGALLY? Did I miss something?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  42. AJ

    Jack, are you not concerned for the American citizens that are not white that will have to produce proof they are in fact citizens any time they step out of the house? Do the American citizens not have rights also? this is not about the illegal immigrants, but about the rights of American citizens that may look or sound foreign. It is now basically a crime to not look white.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  43. JIMMY

    I'm glad to see atleast 1 State has the GUTS to take this into their own hands. The U.S.A has been victim long enough and it's time we ALL stick together and win the war on the raping of our resources!!!!! Citizens can't get most of the help they need due to the total dimay the system is in. We need to help ourselves as a country. So if ya don't like it, Get Out Please!!!! See how another country would treat YOU!!! Ya can't even own property in mexico unless you're a citizen. But illegals can own here??? where is the logic??

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  44. Brian

    I am not sure if it is a good thing or not. The reason is the illegal immigrants aren't the ones watching the news therefore what good will a travel alert do. No to mention they will be traveling at night and across the desert so I don't think that they will be reading any alerts. I understand the complain about Human Rights being violated but what about the Human Rights of those who have become legal immigrants and the rest of the people who live AZ that can't find work. Right now people are having trouble finding work and you have illegals working in jobs that others could be even if they are bottom of barrell jobs. Right now a job is a job.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  45. michael Green

    I think Arizona's new law is representative of what used to make this country great! We have become a nation that caters to whiners and liberals. Go Governor Jan!! I just hope Texas legislators can live up to the task. Send em home if they are not here legally!! Go Governor Rick!!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  46. Kat in Tx

    Yes, it's a good thing... maybe it will keep the illegals from coming.

    The majority of Mexicans live in poverty. Our economy will not suffer with out them.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  47. Monika

    I do not care that Mexico is issuing a travel alert to AZ at all. It is upsetting though that our own President and his administration are against enforcing the immigration laws of this country!

    I am from Westminster, CO and I wish we had the same law here in CO.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  48. Stella Willig

    I think the idea is great. Since when do we Americans have to guarantee the civil rights of individuals who are in this country illegally? If it were the other way around we would be treated the same way. Additionally, when an illegal from Mexico commits a crime here he can very easily escape back to Mexico and never be caught or returned for justice. Obama, the senators, etc., should all be embarrassed by the entire illegal immigration situation. There are still many companies in the US who are hiring illegals because they are cheap labor. Let's face it, illegal workers are needed here to help those who hire than get richer. The politicians look the other way or hem and haw about making and enforcing laws because this is how they want it. I agree with Arizona. Hope it spreads to the rest of the country. It would be great if we could build a wall like the one Isreal has.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  49. ron

    Jack hopefully Mexico will issue a travel alert for Colorado, that is where I live. Then we can keep the illegals out of here too and keep them in California since they seem to balance their budget with illegal labor. GOOD JOB Arizona, teach the Federal Government to enforce the current laws already on the books. Jobs for Americans, health care for Americans and opportunity for Americans. Ron, Colorado.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  50. Hodge O'Neal

    According to news accounts, this law orders – orders! – police to stop every single person they "reasonable believe" to be an illegal alien, yet no direction is given as to what factors the police must consider to determine "reasonable belief." Since Arizona does still border Mexico, and there is no denial that this is aimed at Mexicans, it is obvious that police must determine whether a person looks sufficiently "mexican" to be illegal and, if so in the opinion of the officer, the person must be stopped and ordered to produce papers. So, yes, Mexico should warn it's citizens who might otherwise wish to travel to Arizona legally that they might look too "mexican" to go there.

    If a Mexican state bordering Arizona passed such a law I would certainly expect our government to warn against going somewhere, even legally, where our "american" appearance might alone subject us to arrest.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  51. Daniel P. Murtha

    Is it a good thing? I don't know but I do know it's no surprise! Why would anybody travel to a place where they are likely to be stopped on the street and required to show their "papers"? It's just like Nazi Germany. Next we'll require Hispanics to wear some kind of symbol on their clothes exactly like Germany required Jews to wear the yellow Star of David. It's an embarrassment that we talk about freedom yet we resort to tactics that we deplored just a few decades ago.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  52. Ben M

    This law, while it may sound good to some people, is ridiculous. It frankly will not work. Catch and release (across the border) legislation is bound to be about as successful as the current war on drugs. Furthermore, it will tie up valuable resources of Arizona police in removing these immigrants. These people aren't criminals. These are people that lived in such poverty that they came here to be part of the American dream. They did not come here to take advantage, they came here to work and support their families. These are valuable members of our economy. Immigration reform is needed, but not in this way. There needs to be a clear route for these people to become citizens.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  53. John

    No, it's not good. How could you even think it was a good idea? When we've got friendly countries saying that they're worried about the safety of their citizens when they travel to our country, it is never a good sign. I hope this unconstitutional law is repealed as soon as possible.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  54. KP

    this is a silly argument. People want our US citizenship to have additional meaning in some way when it has a huge meaning without invoking laws to keep others out. How about the businesses that invited these individuals to work in the US after NAFTA was passed and Mexicans lost their jobs in Mexico and throughout Latin America? What about the businesses who encourage men, women, and children to come for work in Arizona and across the US? What are you going to do about the crime problem amongst US citizens already a problem in our country? We want to blame the feds for not doing their job when we all are living in an economic recession with no end in the war aboard but we want to fight a war at home as well. No taxes will be raised but we want to save the world and protect our families in our own back yard. Cannot have your cake and eat it too America. We cannot expect our citizenship to have meaning if we prop up laws that are inconsistent with our values as a country and seek only to deal with shortsighted issues without a comprehensive solution.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  55. Ralph Spyer

    The boycotts against Arizon will have the same affect as the boycott .the Obama adminisation has against Iran , none.We need a change in immigration law were if your parents are not U.S. citizens and you are born in America you are still not a U.S.citizen, this way when your parents are sent back to their country you can go with them, NO PROBLEM.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  56. Ms T in STL

    I think it's good that they are cautioning travelers. However, I believe that the law is opening the door for racial profiling. I believe that imigration is an issue, but it should be handled in a more civilized manor. There are other illegal imigrants in the country from other countries other than Mexico. I think it was a rushed bill that should be revised.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  57. Al Brown

    Sounds like political BS to me. If Mexicans enter this country with legal paperwork what's the problem? They won't be shot or kidnapped – maybe just asked for their papers. The California threat of a boycott is just an empty threat. That state is bankrupt and business there would be stupid to boycott. But I could be wrong – after all California is the land of fruits and nuts!
    Al
    Gorham, NH

    April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  58. Wade

    About the safety of Arizona citizens? What percentage of crime is committed by illegal vs legal citizens? Let's see the numbers.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  59. Mary in Texas

    Yes, it's a good thing – it's about time Mexico did something BENEFICIAL for its citizens! It's ironic, not to mention laughable though, that it took a state to finally make a stand and take care of its own before Mexico's President could be bothered with doing anything about immigration from there to here. And what is with San Francisco and Los Angeles?? How supportive of their fellow state ... guess they have no immigration problems there, huh?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  60. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's my understanding that Arizona's govenor passed a law that's very similar to one already passed by the Federal Fovernment. They, the Federal Government, just won't enforce it. If that's the case, then why all the posturing? Would this even be an issue if just one elected official had property near the border of Mexico?

    Yes, I think it's good that Mexico is issuing a travel alert.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  61. thequestioner

    I live in Texas and not only am I supportive of this law, I, too would love to see a similar law enacted in Texas. If you did not have to have the federal government's permission to sue them, I would – for not enforcing immigration laws that ALREADY EXIST!! The Immigration Reform and Control Act was passed into LAW in 1986!!!! OUR government has refused to enforce it for 24 years and as a result, wages have plummeted across the board. I am NOT racist in any way, shape or form and do not understand why those Mexican Americans that followed the rules and obtained citizenship/work visas legally are not enraged at the millions of those that have outright violated the law and are milking our systems dry. I voted for Obama and am regretting it more with every statement that comes out of his mouth.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  62. Kay Vaughn

    Yea Arizona! It is illegal to be in this country without the proper papers. It is illegal for me to travel outside of my country without a passport. Laws are made for reasons. If someone does something "illegal" they are punished. If you are here "illegally" you should also be punished by being sent back to the country you were born. Then you can legally come back if you are a desirable. I know people who have lived in the US most of their lives however born in another country. They have visa's, they work, pay taxes and are productive citizens in America. That's all Arizona is trying to do. We in the border states are overrun with "illegal" immigrants. Arizona – I believe you are doing the right thing! Hopefully other states will follow. We must unite for a better America

    April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  63. E. J. Fisher

    I'm from Washington State and we are one of the states that allow an illegal alien (immigrant) to legally get a state drivers liscense. (does that make sense?) I am glad to see AZ putting the pressure on the Feds to protect and control our borders. I don't see the constant influx of undocumented invaders as sustainable in light of our economic troubles. Services and schools are being cut back and we need to have them available to our citizens.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  64. Jake

    Yeah. It is a good thing. It publicizes Arizona's law within Mexico. Legitimate business travelers always carry their ID when travelling. I do when I travel in Europe and Asia. I am occasionally asked to produce ID when I travel. No problem. It is routine. What is good about the Mexican Government issuing the warning is that illegals will know not to go to AZ; they'll go to CA, NM and TX. TX may be next enforcing the law. Then the squeeze will really be on NM and CA. Let's see how they react when the current flood of illegal’s turns into a tsunami.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  65. B. Stone

    It seems to finally be getting through to our federal government as well as the Mexican government that the people of Arizona are tired of footing the bill to support of the illegal immigrants in our state. I am pleased that Mexico has told it's citizens to carry their papers while in the US. It's not legal immigrants that caused the new immigration bill to be passed. Those with proper documentation are welcome to be in Arizona. Those without it need to GET IT or GET OUT! Maybe they should seek out those states that think that illegals pose no problems for the locals, and now with Mexico's warning, hopefully they will.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  66. Sunshine

    Jack, this is great. Maybe those crossing the borders will find a better way in to California and rid Arizona with the illegals already here and hopefully heading somewhere else. California loves illegalls and the country has gone broke providing for them, but Senator Feinstein and Boxer get their cheap farm labor. President Obama should be ashamed for what he said in Iowa yesterday that by allowing a pathway to citizenship then this country would be able to follow the law, or something to that effect.

    President Obama is doing nothing more than disrupting the laws already on the books. Good for Arizona who is disgusted with the Federal Government for not following immigration laws.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  67. White male, married to Mexican

    I am white and travel to Mexico often as my wife is of Mexican descent (she has dual citizenship).

    When in Mexico, I am OFTEN asked for my documents.. And I am asked for these papers because I am white and I look like I am from the US.. (profiling)

    Why should Mexicans, Latins, Spanish, etc, etc. not have to carry papers to prove their status??

    This is a great law and our president will only serve this one term because he DOES NOT listen to the American people!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  68. Political Hector

    Jack,
    Mexico should have a cense of responsibility in all this due to their lack of security and corrupted government, many people leave their country to make a better living in the U.S. They should first start in their own country. This reminds me of the Pete wilson's Prop 187, that didnt work and its never going to work. the same message should go to STEVE POITZNER trying to get the same type of law in CALIFORNIA.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  69. Doug, New Orleans

    Americans traveling to or living in another country are expected to keep their travel documents with them at all times and be able to produce them on request. Why should it be any different for those who travel here?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  70. L Martel

    It's a wonderful and about time ! If you have nothing to worry about- what's the big deal ! When you travel abroad you have to follow the rules, the same should apply here...unless you have something to hide.......

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  71. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Maybe Spanish 101 wont be such a big issues in school's any more .

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  72. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    Here is the irony Jack. The net result of a successful boycott of travel boycott would hurt the people that the protesters are attempting to help. About 90% of restaurant and hotel staff in Arizona are Hispanics. A significant decrease in travel to my state would result in restaurant and hotel staff being laid off. Is this really what they want to accomplish?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  73. Jim Brennan

    Jack, hello! Yes! Of course! Com'on! Are you kidding? When was the last time the Mexican goverment said anything to the illegals? "Hey, my friend,
    be careful when you cross the border." Better yet, "My friend, don't cross the border." Good law. It's about time.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  74. Bruce

    Counties can issue any alert they want. Our country should issue an alert that our Constitution is being violated by Congress and that illegals might be forcibly redirected back to Mexico by individual citizens. Americans fully support Arizona's new law – it is far far more friendly than Mexico's own immigration policies. We love our southern neighbors very much, but want the legal process to be followed.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  75. nona from Michiga

    Im curious how we arrive at any number regarding illegal aliens. I would think illegals would be flying beneath the radar.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  76. Melanie

    Perhaps the travel alert will keep more Mexicans at home working to improve their country, which is why there are so many people wanting to leave their homeland and come illegally to the United States. If Mexico would focus on creating a country that people would want to live in, we'd have less of an influx of immigrants illegally entering the United States. America cannot be a home for everyone.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  77. Stevehn

    I think Mexico has a good start in issuing travel cautions to Arizona. Now they should extend the same warning to Arizona's neighboring States.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  78. Joe Ciotti

    I think if all of the States would adopt similar laws we might actually get something done about the immigration problem. As far as Obama's desire to mess this up, I think it’s just another example of WHY to vote him and his cronies out of office as soon as possible. For the FEDS to threaten to press the issue in court only shows where their interests are, not with the people of this country but with some special interest groups. I live in Michigan. We have a big problem with illegal immigrants, not just from south of the boarder but from the East also. If we had a law as the one recently passed in Arizona, I believe a lot of the crime in our state would just disappear. Kudos to Arizona for doing what the citizens wanted and needed. Unlike the Feds.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  79. Dominique

    Simple answer to your question of the day is: Yes. It is a good thing in the fact that it means that people are being made aware that they need to think about coming here. The process may be a little "messed up" but the message is correct. Something needs to be done here in the homeland and something IS being done.

    This is a BIG issue but it has many arms ... it goes back to many problems we have here in the U.S. with Law enforcement and Enforcement of the laws. No one is really mentioning the 800 lbs. Gorilla in this room but the fear that the police will take advantage of this process and abuse it is well documented in the number of 'Black' American citizens still being pulled over for no other reason than they drive a nice car and have dark skin. There are many issues here in this country and many fears are being brought up to the light. We cannot call ourselves "living in a post-racial" era until we truly look at "Racial" issues.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  80. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Arizona should not just be concerned about the economic impact that will take place from U.S. and Mexico boycotts of its businesses. What would happen if the Canadian Snowbirds didn't turn up next Fall and Winter?

    I agree that the US Federal government needs to enforce its immigration laws but Arizona is going to be an economic "hurtin' place" if everyone who is threatening to boycott the state goes thru with it.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  81. jeff

    I wish you guys (media) and those guys (government) would talk about the real issue here. We can spend spend spend on fences and troops and laws and it will do nothing. The only way to stop the flow of illegals is to cut off the jobs waiting here for them. If we went after those who employ them, and fined them 50,000 per illegal that they hire, the flow would stop overnight. As long as the jobs are here, they will come. And so would we if the roles were reversed.
    Please talk about the REAL issues here. Racial hatred is growing by leaps and bounds and the truth needs to be addressed.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  82. rik

    What is the value of the new law beside posturing? The current law allows local law enforcement officials to hold for prosecution or deportation any individual not showing proper identification.

    The feds accept those individuals into custody daily. I see no value here

    This is an ill advised knee jerk expansion of government powers and abridgment of the rights of citizens who are legal.

    And besides what troops are going to patrol the borders without expanding the budget; Or asking the National Guard to patrol the border when back from the nth tour overseas.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  83. David in Iowa

    Mexico should do all it can to ensure that Arizona loses money by discriminating against Mexican tourists who want to visit their relatives stateside. Everyone blames the immigration problems on Mexicans coming here illegally, but the real problem is that corporations want cheap immigrant labor to exploit in this country. The solution is to severly penalize anyone who hires illegal immigrants, then the problem will solve itself. Racial profiling is the wrong answer.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  84. A. Rolls

    Are they going to stop the illegals from Poland, France,, Germany, etc. There are many of them here illegally. Once on a cruise when we returned to Miami over 100 people were detained before they could get off the ship because they were trying to sneak into the country. They boarded in the Bahamas with fake id's. Most were from Europe and none were mexicans. If one race has to carry papers all races should have to meet the same requirements.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  85. Rosemary Mijal

    It's about time the state of Arizona has taken a stand. I wish every state would follow...not just those in the southwest. The politics around this issues are obsurd given the times we are living in. There's a war going on in the southwest and our federal government is doing nothing about it in fear that they will disturb our neighbors. Citizens of the United States are constantly taking a hit. I say "hats off to the Govenor of Arizona.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  86. Ali

    I think its great that Mexico issued a travel alert. Here in Tucson, near the south of Arizona, we see a lot of spillover violence and just general disregard for our laws from Mexican visitors and border jumpers. Warning the travelers not to come just eases up on our police, and doesn't harm our economy too much anyway, since its not like the money they spend is a drastic difference. If the county and state wanted more funds from this, they should start enforcing the laws on the 1 to 3 day travel visas that are issued that have a 100 mile radius allowed from the border. We frequently see Mexican nationals with that sort of visa on the north end of the city or even in Phoenix, well beyond that 100 mile radius. That's just one more law broken by the "law-abiding" citizens visiting our state.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  87. Lyn Stone

    I think it's horrible! It reminds of the 1940s when jews in Germany had to wear yellow arm bands to identify themselves as "different". Obviously, you were never part of a minority Jack. Not in my country, not in 2010, not ever! Lyn Stone, Moravia, New York

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  88. Randall - New Mexico

    Yes, the Mexican population needs to be warned. Even Illegals when they are working have taxes taken out of their paychecks, they buy food and other items at stores for their homes and conduct other business transactions. Arizona will now loose state income tax and business from throwing out Illegals.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  89. Denise Cesena

    Hooray for Governor Brewer! She has been trying to get the Federal Government to take illegal immigration seriously and responsibly react to our border issues. It looks like she found a way! At last this issue has the national conversation it deserves. Whether the Arizona bill is squashed for constitutionality or not, it looks like at last we will get some relief from the burden placed on our State by our unsecured national border. Because at last our congress is spurred to address this issue. She will have my vote, and then some.

    Denise, 22 year resident of Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  90. Jared

    Both Republicans and Democrats refuse to uphold the law at the federal level. I applaud Arizona in its efforts. I would also like the born in America = American rule to be changed, this law was enacted when it took 3 months to travel to the US. Now anyone can hop an airline, travel to the US for a couple days, have their baby (now an american and never pay the hospital bill) and then expect all the rights the US gives their citizens.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  91. Esteban

    Jack, you don't have to worry. I'm pretty sure you'll never be arrested on SUSPICION of being an illegal alien. But right now it's open season in Arizona on ANYONE (citizen, legal immigrant, or otherwise) with a name like Garcia, Lopez, or Santos.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  92. Joe DIMauro

    There are ramifications to poorly though out decisions.

    If California want's to boycott Arizona, why not realy take a stand and show it by stopping the use of the water supply that Arizona has been gracious enough to allow them to access, or perhaps Arizona should just refrain from sending its water to California.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  93. J. Goddard

    "The Obama administration might challenge Arizona's new law in court. They're concerned the law could take away resources needed to target criminals" Wait one second...aren't illegals criminals to begin with? I'm tired of all this nonsense as far as illegal immigration is concerned. I spent 30 years living in orange county, ca, and i finally decided i couldn't take it anymore. Everywhere you turn are illegals selling ice cream out of a cart, standing in front of home depot looking for ILLEGAL work. I spent 2 decades working in the medical field and finally i could not take it anymore. Illegals coming in and on medicaid, with their 5th child that the taxpayers are paying for, then they leave the hospital and get into a brand new minivan. If they can afford the brand new car, I think they can afford to pay for their own insurance, and not siphoning money from the US citizens, but we let them, so why should they stop? The law is the law, if you abide by it, then you should have nothing to worry about. If not, then you chose to suffer the consequences.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  94. carol h

    Thank you for airing the irony of Mexico "warning" its citizens about coming to AZ. What is racist or in any way negative about trying to uphold a law? Could it be over-used, as people claim? Of course, but what law couldn't? It is not legal to walk across the border EITHER WAY. The federal government does not/cannot/will not provide a fix. We hear nothing from any other racial/national group - the Chinese? the Saudis? The Thais? The Japanese? The Hungarians? - about this law. Only the Hispanics/Mexicans. Could we call that paranoia based on the national interest of their own country?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  95. Robert

    No .It is not .Travel warnings are issued to people traveling to dangerous places for risk of decease , war , and so on .I don't want Arizona to be painted like that outside the US .We may think this is going to be viewed like that only in Mexico but this news is being showed all over the world . Too bad for business .

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  96. Walt

    Without a protected border we seek to be an independent nation. If you are legally in this country this law causes you no problems. Sure, you can be asked for your id just as you are at the airport. I'd have no problem producing my id, if asked.

    You whacked out libs need to tap the brake on the hysteria.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  97. Rich from Houston

    Jack,
    Yes it is good that Mexico is issuing a warning. I would want our country to do the same thing if a country I might visit (legally) set up a similar law. How can you say that the US Government is not enforcing our immigration laws? Have you ever driven near our southern borders with Mexico. Come to Texas, there are INS checkpoints on roads heading north all over. They are about 20 to 40 miles inside the border. Do you really expect us to have the military build an iron curtain along our border?

    As for the Texas Senator who wants a similar law, he is a pandering politician and fake cowboy. Texas is touted for its low home costs, besides land costs, did you ever wonder why? Think immigrant (legal or otherwise) labor. Same thing in Arizona. All those neo-cons in both states aren't going to like the effect on housing prices and lawn services and their check cashing and money transfer businesses if there is a deep freeze in cross border traffic.

    We need saner minds to address the issues on both side of the border.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  98. R Hines

    I'm from Tucson. Like the majority of Arizonans we love it. Should have been done years ago. Warning, travel to Arizona illegally, and your ass will be caught and deprted. I hope we make it the most unpleasant experience on the planet. Can we find a way to deport this idiot representative along with the illegals...Grijalva. What a jerk. Somebaody take this deadbeat please.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  99. Lori - Tulsa OK

    Yes, our congress has failed for decades to put together a workable immigration policy that will control immigration and provide some mechanism for those here already to at least have a work status (thereby paying taxes). Our constitution must stand for everyone or it stands for none. Just a couple of phrases- freedom from the fear of unreasonable search and seizure and freedom from discrimination. This Arizona bill takes steps that are frightening and probably unconstitutional – but perhaps it will force the US Congress to finally come up with a workable immigration policy. Finally- why does this Arizona law not deal with the Arizona citizens who hire the individuals here without documentation- you know, the people who clean their houses, mow their lawns, take care of their children and build their homes. If the jobs were not there, they would have no undocumented workers within their borders- as long as people are living in poverty in Mexico and there are Americans willing to take advantage of them (paying less than they would to a US citizen) but still offer them work, there will be illegal workers in our country- get to the root of the problem- legalizing racism is not the answer.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  100. Johnnie Carroll

    If you believe in Equal Human Rights for all people ,then by all means avoid the state that lies North of Mexico,East of New Mexico,South of
    Utah and Southeast of California and Nevada.I can't believe they even
    want to card President Obama.The hot sun otu there seems to have baked their brians free of common sense.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  101. Arizona Citizen

    It's a good thing. Maybe it will curtail the numbers of illegals coming to Arizona. I continue to be amazed at the numbers of people who don't know the difference between legal and illegal. If our borders are open for anyone who wishes to come across, either way, then what point is there in having immigration laws at all? Thank you Mexican government for helping us. By the way, it seems rather ironic that their country categorizes illegal immigrants as a felons.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  102. Bob Ramos

    You are 1000% correct. The new law is working.

    1. 70 truckers announced that they would no longer haul to and from AZ. By now these 70 have increased.
    2. A large agricultural firm that previously was going to locate in AZ will now relocate to Colorado. They cite the risk of being closed should they ever, even unintentionally, hire an illegal(s).
    3. San Francisco, and now possible New Orleans, do not want to do business with AZ based firms.
    4. AeroMexico has ceased all flights to and from AZ. Mexico is looking to cancel all ties with AZ.
    5. AZ will have an estimated $3.0 billion deficit in the current fiscal year. This law is further increasing this deficit.

    Any more successes like this and AZ will be a dependent ward of someone. So, I guess you can say the law is working.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  103. Frank Morris

    You democrats should read the bill first. Racial Profiling is against the law. But just like the Health Care Bill you people don't read or don't know how to read and are misguided and you come across as brainwashed with little or no knowledge. READ IT FIRST. No one will get stopped by police because your a different color. Morons

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  104. Denis

    Is it just me or does it seem this law was written with the sole intention of a legal challange? It both contradicts itself and inflames both political extreams. Arizona is lighting a fire underneath the federal governments tail.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  105. WILL

    Absolutely ,maybe it will slow down the influx of illegal immigrants into the country,lets keep this up and we will soon resolve the immigration problem by default alone.....

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  106. terry

    what part of illegal does our lame government not understand. I support all states adopting the arizona law. just another example of how broken our national government is ,vote them all out of office and lets start over.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  107. Harold Vines

    I guess if you don't want tourist from Mexico spending money in the State of Arizona it is working. This bill doesn't stop illegal entry. If they were serious in Arizona they would have passed a law with stiff penalties for hiring someone here illegally. To answer your question,heck yea. No one wants to be hassled on vacation or business trip. I applaud Mexico. When their tourism buisness dries up along with the tax revenue the law will be repealed. Instead of "Remember the Alamo" the cry will be "Remember failure to enact the King holiday!"

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  108. Travis Franklin

    Here's what needs to happen. We declare an "Illegal Immigration War" or even a "War on Illegal Immigration", we pre-emptively invade Mexico and fight the real drug war. The military/industrial complex will love it as will Rush, Glenn, et al..

    It's the only way.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  109. Angie

    BBC is reporting today that Mexico's migrants are facing a human rights crisis at the hands of the Mexicans. All the Central Americans that are crossing Mexico are being beaten, raped or murdered. So, what does Mexico do? They complain that the US laws are too harsh on the Mexicans because we 'might' ask for an id. They need to clean their own house before they tell another country what to do. I am a latina, and I am against illegal immigration.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  110. Betty

    I'm not concerned with the illegals, my concern is with American citizens and others here legally who will be constantly harrassed because of the way they look. Do you really believe that in all the hundreds/thousands of law enforcement officers in Arizona, a good share of them are not bigoted against hispanics and muslims and will use any excuse to stop them? The problem needs to be dealt with but not this way. I do agree with one thing though – this is the result of the Federal Government being unwilling to act for the last 30-40 years. Maybe Arizona will force Congress to seriously deal with immigration.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  111. Robert Gundersen

    I think you are wrong on this one Jack. Arizona should be embarrassed by the law not the president. Everyone knows illegal aliens come to the US because so many businesses are more than willing to hire them and usually below minimum wage. If you think the 460,000 illegals in Arizona are worried, how many Latin-American citizens are just as worried. Having to demonstrate your citizenship with papers is about as un-American as you can get!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  112. Culturemix

    well let me tell you something Jack, the ONLY one who should be embarrassed, is John McCain,.. look how long he has been in congress and in Arizona, . he has done nothing at all dealing with immigration,. and now all of a sudden when President Obama takes office HE should be embarrassed ??? give me bleeping break, the President has been doing a great job to get this country back in order even when getting pelted with stones from the republicans and racist tea party nuts,. so dont tell me President Obama should be embarrassed !!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  113. John Caton

    If President Obama is not willing to control illegal immigration, is he willing to pick up their medical expense.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  114. Greg

    Assuming the Federal Government refuses to enforce immigration laws is completely absurd. Illegal immigration is a huge and complex problem that requires more resources to deal with than the American people are willing to provide. They want the illegal immigrants gone, but they also want cheap labor and products subsidized by the presence of undocumented workers. Most citizens don't want to provide the tax revenues necessary to deal with large problems, but still expect them to get fixed. It's just like so many political issues in the United States, the average voter has no concept of how expensive it really is to deal with complex problems or the trade offs necessary. We all just want to have our cake and eat it too. Plus, the law violates the fourth amendment of the constitution. However, I doubt the tea partier people will be protesting this one anytime soon. They only like the parts of constitution that benefit them.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  115. Jerry Ahrens

    Enact the Arizona Law at the state level in every state. The feds can think of nothing but votes.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  116. L Graves

    Travel alert can't hurt. What is there not to understand about illegal aliens pouring in to the state of Arizona. Arizona has reached the end of their rope with hundreds of thousands of illegals now inhabiting the state. They have been struggling for years with no help from the feds. The truth is these illegals are coming from Mexico, not Norway, Canada, or Russia. So how do you not consider a profile, it is as obvious as the nose on your face. Sure, just let go, let it continue and we may as well let Mexico annex Arizona.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  117. Roger in California

    I think the alert is a super idea. Also now that San Francisco has announced a moratorium on all business travel to Arizona, I suggest that the state of Arizona arrange free travel for all illegal aliens to the city of San Francisco which after all self claims itself a "Sanctuary City"

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  118. JV Boston, MA

    When whites are required to carry their ID cards at all items or risk being thrown in jail, then you can say this is not a racist law. This is not a conversation about whether being here illegally is right or not, everyone agrees it isn't...this is about what it does to millions of latinos who are citizens or legal residents of this country and the loss of our freedom to move around openly without having to carry an ID at all times or the threat of being harrassed, stopped by the police for no reason or thrown in jail simply because of our ethnic background.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  119. Dave from South Carolina

    Jack: Don't be a jerk. Why would Obama be embarrased? Isn't it the Republicans in Washington who want to block bringing the issue up. Wasn't it Sen Graham who walked on a climate bill in protest because Reid wanted to put this on the table? You are one funny guy.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  120. mary from Texas

    Why should Oboma be embarresed, the Republicans have been everything including including immigration reform. It would be nice if we weren;t bogged down in 2 wars that were not his choice. Give him a break. I'm surprised he has accomplished as much as he has. Don't be surprised eiyher that Texas offered to m,ake the same law . ;Maybe if we cecede from the rest of the states we wonn't have to worry about the innigranrs because we will eventually be part of Mexico.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  121. matt

    Yes! Three cheers for Arizona!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  122. Robert

    i've traveled in mexico and been stopped on the **highway** by uniformed men wielding automatic weapons. there was no checkpoint, just two guys standing on the highway... "where you going?" they asked... uh...??? how is that different? that's mexican border protection yet no one says anything...

    mexico should stop grandstanding, maybe protect *their* northern border they way they protect their southern border. [heaven forbid any illegals enter their country from the south.... ]

    the law is designed to cut down on illegals in our state. *illegals*! liberals are trying to make this about civil rights... they're *illegals* they don't belong here, broke the law to get here and now want civil protection of the law from the justice they snubbed when they illegally entered our country. puhleese...

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  123. Steve

    I am originally from California, but now live in Texas due to being in the U.S. Military. I support Arizona and Gov Brewer 100%+!

    Now, I hope Gov Rick Perry and state legislators in Texas can do the same thing Arizona has done!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  124. Travis C

    Absolutely, Jack. We already have to warn our citizens about going over the border to Mexico. At least the warning isn't about the possibility of getting killed by drug cartels. San Antonio,TX

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  125. Alex

    I have news for you, the Drug cartels do not care a bit about what you Jack or Jan Brewer or Calderon say

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  126. CB

    People who steal bread in other countries get their hand cut-off as a form of punishment. The illegal immigrants in Arizona are just that.....illegal, need I say more?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  127. Bill

    Also, to place blame on any one Politician is just plain wrong.. The Federal Government as a hole is responsible for this mess from past and current Politicians from both sides. To place blame on a certain Politician now is only a scapegoat crapshoot in which the American Taxpayers of this country already know the real reasons behind illegal overpopulation.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  128. Scott

    I think Mexico is merely posturing after American travel advisories advising our college kids not to spend Spring Break in Mexico due to violence down there.

    I just can't help but wonder how this debate would play out if, instead, a state like Michigan issued an illegal immigration crackdown on anyone who looked Canadian...

    April 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  129. Phil Bowman

    I think everyone needs to download and read the law. It is 16 pages. Then comment...So many people are only mouthing what they have heard from someone else that heard about it somewhere. It is time for all people not in US legally to leave. Arizona is not to blame. The person that crossed into our country illegally is at fault. The other group at fault is the Federal Government. They should be enforcing the borders. Now if decide to march and fight in my backyard for rights you don't have be ready for major opposition..I am already upset about deficits and healthcarethat was crammed down my throat. Be very careful! I have children that are citizens that will fill in for the job that the illegal vacates. Americans need the jobs because the stimulus has not worked.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  130. Rob

    Too many right wing radical here. If you want to stop illegal immigration, punish the business that hire them. But the republican will not do that because that would punish their own people.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  131. Megan

    Good grief. Get off Obama already. Between winding down the Iraq war, adjusting Afghanistan's war, getting the economy back on track, improving our image globally, stopping the steps into another great depression, enhancing women's rights, decreasing nuclear weapons and enhancing healthcare, when should he have prioritized immigration exactly?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  132. The Crypticum Keeper

    Sorry, Jack, you're indignant for all the wrong reasons. Sure, blame the Federal government AND US businesses for ensuring that expendable, invisible workers illegally fill our poorest-paying jobs... but recognize too that Arizona's law is a grandstanding exercise doomed to fail and cost the state's citizens in the challenge process. That's just stupid. You support that?

    And I love how Obama is once again labeled the culprit for this AGES-old issue. Intellectual dishonesty at its "finest".

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  133. Peggy in Tennessee

    If those of us who are guilty of hiring illegal aliens in our businesses would follow the law, then those wanting legitimate work would quit coming across the border for jobs. As it is, it upsets Americans to think that criminals and hard-working people - legal or illegal - are lumped into one group.

    The real problem has been created by the consumer. We want cheap and affordable products. Therefore, we demand the cheapest labor available which currently is the Hispanic population. Mix in the criminal element and the problem increases tremendously. But the bottom line is that we the consumer is truly at fault.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  134. EdWood

    Yes its time for all the US border states to play hardball and maybe Mexico's government as well. This warning is hardly hardball, but is a soft statement actually. The US Mexico border belongs to both countries. Will Mexico do more than warn about big bad US states and monitor or manage their own border? That will be the day.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  135. Uwe Pickering

    Jack, I cannot believe that you think this is a good law. This law targets people of color. I'm white and 64 years old. I still recognize the prejudice within me from the many years of living through the 50', 60's and 70's. I listened to the adults around me denigrate people of color. I struggle everyday to keep my prejudice under control. This law allows us to step backwards. This is a real kidney punch. Look within yourself, Jack. You are close to my age. I hope you understand.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  136. Brittney from Texas

    Give the Pres. some time he will get it done. In the meantime tell the GOP to figure out what side they want to be on. They cant say NO to this reform, but they can say "if we do it now, it will be bad for you" or "no one wants to do it, not just us". They are so full of it.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  137. Michelle

    I am a Phoenix native and support this bill 100%. Bottom line....if you are here illegally, you are committing a crime and should pay the penalty. If you are here legally, no problem! I don't understand the problem with this. It's plain and simple.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  138. Les

    Whatever Mexico wants to do, let them do it. We post our own advisories and we don't care who it offends. Obama needs to become an actual leader and start listening to the people, those of common sense, of this country. Our Constitution declares that if the federal government is not going to enforce its own laws, then it is the right of smaller governments and the people to enforce them to the extent of the law. Illegal immigrants are called "illegal" because they didn't go through the proper channels to be in this country, why should we let them in to take what we work and pay for ourselves?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  139. cbk

    All I have to say is "YEA!"

    April 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  140. joe d

    If you want to see the partisanism of our people, just look at this issue. If you are hispanic or benefit from illegals working for your company, then you are OUTRAGED! If you are any culture but hispanic or if you are hurt by illegals taking jobs, using schools and other social services disproportionately to their contributions, then you are OUTRAGED that others are OUTRAGED. Weird isn't it?!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  141. B.

    To show how stupid this law is, my white, 80-year-old mother is so frightened and confused by this law that she now keeps her passport in her car with her! That's really treating your citizens properly.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  142. Michael Hickey

    I am a Texan (living elsewhere now). When the inept and bubbling Federal Government can’t do much right, our forward looking States have always shown the way.

    I am amused at the politician blowhards crying “abuse”. Yeah, right. The law is not even in effect. Arizona is not going to risk the suits that will inevitably come anyway by harassing people of color. Dahhh! If you have ever been to one of our most beautiful state you would know that a huge part of the state’s American population are people of color.

    A California (D) Congressman saying California such cease commerce with Arizona is laughable. With the fine shape of the California budge and my guess is that Arizona spends billions with California …. man oh man …. Is that a smart tact to take or what! GOOD FOR ARIZONA!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  143. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, as a 32 year resident of Arizona I think Mexico's travel warning to what's left of its population to be careful if traveling to Arizona is simply fascinating since most of their population's already in Arizona.
    We Gringo's are gonna be asking all folks of color - "Are you here legally?" And, we carry guns and we know how to use 'em. It's a replay of the OK Corral only this time the bad guys are the illegals.
    Adios amigos.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  144. Alice Newman NH

    Problem is, my grandmother from Boliva, a naturalized citizen for 40 years, could be pulled over for not having a turn signal on – and told to produce "her proof of citizenship". She's been an American Citizen for 40 years ... but she'll be asked, when you, Jack, pulled over for the same offense will not have to prove you are a citizen: you are white: is is assumed you are. That's the problem.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  145. Kaycee

    Jack, does the rest of the united states know that Mexico's borders with the rest of Latin America. Any new government immigration reform should require that they have a criminal record, people have criminal records if they were to get a DUI. At the very least, they are trespasser on the US government without permission, because after 911 you had to have certain documents to get a Job, rent or buy a home, even get a job. So they are criminals if they showed any form of ID. And since they showed no respect for or government and it's law's they should be barred from working for the Federal government in anyway.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  146. Nick

    My wife and I moved to a brand new house in an brand new development in South Phoenix in October of 2005. In May of 2008, My wife and I,not of Hispanic Origin, had to move out because we were constantly bombarded with eggs, fruit and gun fire in front of our home.
    We have multiple reports to the Phoenix Police on these instances. Reports of drop houses were reported on the news constantly. It's terrible to live in fear. I DEAR the nay Sayers to spend a week in some of the areas from the boarder to the South Phoenix area for one week and say they would bring there family there to live and feel safe. So what are economy is being threatened it's better then fearing for our lives.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  147. Timothy Heinig

    Yes it is a good thing for them to issue a warning but it should be to warn them not to try and come here illegaly. I do not see what the problem is with that law. It is very simple, if you have the right to be here you have nothing to worry about. It is not just the latinos that will be checked. I am sure if they hear a german or french accent they will ask for their visa as well. It is the ones here illegaly that are causing the discrimenation of those here legaly. I voted for obama but am not pleased with his statement on this bill. I do not feel it is irresponsible. There is a reason the word illegal is in front of illegal immigrant. Somebody has to get the ball rolling on immigration. The government needs to quit worring about the rights of the criminals over my rights. I pay my taxes like every other citizen and I really dont have a problem with you asking me for my I.D. from time to time. These minoritys need to get over them selves and start acting like a citizen instead and support what could acually benefit americans as a whole. Thank you for your time. Tim Heinig

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  148. texas verteran

    What happens when someone goes into Iran Illeagally? what about north Korea? also the law for mexico travel is that you must have your paperwork with you. if you are caught without it, you are subject to trasport back to the border. when an american state has had enough of the crime and violence caused by the Ileagals, why is there such am uproar from the people that dont have to live with the problem everyday?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  149. Gloria Carlisi

    Has anyone ever read the immigration laws of Mexico? No healthcare, no welfare, no protesting anything, no showing a flag of another country. You can buy real estate but not waterfront it's for their people only. It's all so funny that it is sad. Our government, nor any other politician who needs the hispanic vote will do their job. It's never about what's right or wrong for our country- it all boils down to getting or keeping their cushy jobs.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  150. Doug

    Let the bigots, I mean conservatives,feel that they have accomplished something, if another country was to require our citizens to do this or even their own citizens to carry this documentation we would be raising h___ about their actions. We have so many other issues to address and this is a waste of our time.A sorry day for America.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  151. Carlos

    Hey Jack,

    It is good and I urge other countries to do the same. This law is a slap in the face of the entire immigrant community and the people who are caught in the dead end of the immigration system.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  152. Beverly

    Jack, where have these people been for 8 years. They act like the Obama administration (Senator McCain) has to solve every problem yesterday. I did not hear the GOP for the past 8 years touch immigration, it was the hot potato, the elephant, the big gorilla in the room and no one would touch it. Why is it now President Obama's burden. We already have laws that should take care of illegal immigrants, they just need to be enforced. We can always amend a law or write a new one. It is okay from some immigrants to cross the borders, when they try to cross the seas from (Haiti) we send them back, turn the ships around, drown people, etc. What is the difference in Latino's and Haitians? This is political posturing from Arizona. Boycott Arizona!!!!!!! When the pocketbook hurts, reasonable people make good decisions. It worked with MLK in Montgomery, Alabama, it can surely work in Arizona. We have the technology to get the word out quick. Boycott Arizona!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  153. SteveAZ

    No different than the respected Thunderbird School of Global Management downgrading Arizona's business climate favorability rating specifically due to Arizona's lurch towards extreme legislation. Popular does not mean it is right. Boycott threats, trading partner travel advisories and business environment rating drops are just the tip of this iceberg warning. They said the Titanic was unsinkable, it's amazing what a group of a few well intentioned people are capable of screwing up. History will decide who is right or wrong.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  154. Vova

    There are people objecting top the law on the basis that it is businesses that are hiring illegals that should be targeted. The issue has to be approached from both sides, I agree, but that is not the ground for objection.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  155. Mike in New Orleans

    I think the U.S. State Department should follow Mexico's lead, and warn U.S. citizens of hispanic origin to avoid travel to Arizona for their own safety. We've done that with other third world countries, why not Arizona too?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  156. ED

    People on here sound so dumb, the warning is to Mexican tourists, who make up a 1/3 of all of Arizona's entire income – oops looks like someone is going to be eating crow when the state goes bankrupt. LOL

    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  157. Charles

    Good for you Cafferty for being in the right corner. Personally, I think its a bad thing what Mexico is doing. Mexico has no right to issue anything when, as a country, it is so corrupt. American land owners are being killed for no reason at all. The new law is not about Mexico. Its about the people of Arizona and their safety. This is a state of emergency. Obama is not going todo anything because he needs the votes. I hope Texas puts int the same laws.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  158. John C- Chicago, IL

    It's about time someone does something. What do you think would happen if 400,000 Americans went to Mexico or Canada in the manner in which illegals come to this country and draw off the system? What folks seem to selectively forget is that these folks are illegals. They have no Constitutional rights and no legal basis to complain. These folks are in fact criminals- some to a greater extent than others, but here illegally just the same. How is it that these folks come here illegally and we should all provide them an open door. What about the folks who have waited years for citizenship? What signal does this send to law abiding aliens looking for citizenship? My family went through the process several generations ago as did many families. Seems to me that there is a fair amount of perceived entitlement from folks on the other side of this discussion. The Feds don't enforce what's already on the books, so what, we're all suppose to just grin and say "one day it'll fix itself". Hey, if folks in California want to pay for illegals in their State, I say go for it and if it makes them feel good to politicize the situation for their own gain and press, and the constituents allow it, even better. I applaud Arizona for doing something!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  159. Q

    This will only bring more problems to the small business owner in that particular area. Due to the economy already being shakey has it is Arizona bottom line will be ZERO. Due to the large amount of immigrant traveling through that state. Most likely anyone without a valid paper will try to go Texas instead. By doing this we will finally see the Latino impact on the economy. I personally don't think this will be a good thing!!!!
    I would like to see a segment on Latino Impact on US economy especially for Texas,Arizona.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  160. carboncow

    and we had to show our papers in Poland 60 years ago. I came to this country to get away from such nonsense...now look. The same right wing hysteria has now infected the USA...it's a countdown to the end of our great civilization, but I won't live to see it's demise.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  161. ~BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa~

    It's a very good thing. The Mexican government doesn't want its citizens to be subjected to that kind of treatment.

    There's no need for them to spend their money in Arizona. There are plenty of things to spend it on in Mexico, where they're made to feel welcome.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  162. Doug

    I have read the law and its seems pretty straight forward.

    It gives the police the authority to ask for a person's proof of citizenship if they are confronted by the police on another matter.

    Why do people twist this into something that its not?

    The other thought process is that the cops are inhenrently bad people and racist.

    I tend to look at our governement employees as wanting do to more good than harm.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  163. EdWood

    BTW, because of the willingness of Arizona to take a stand, I will be vacationing there soon as a way to show solidarity. With my passport of course.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  164. Jeanne

    My advice to those watching from afar not living with the day to day nuisances of knowing at least one person that has had a car taken by an illegal, knowing at least one person that has had their home burglarized by an illegal, knowing at least one person that has had their car hit and run by an illegal is to educate yourself a bit better by speaking to those citizens living in Arizona and experiencing those things I've listed above. WE pay. Our children's Education suffers due to their lack of commitment in keeping their children consistently in school instead of taking them in and out to go "home" to Mexico. Yes, Mexico is home to them. They are not coming her to live the "American Dream. " That's where many people are amiss on the argument against these tough measures by AZ. They merely come here to work since their own government won't provide them with the opportunities they should. I feel bad for many of them that are just trying to provide for their families like everyone else, but we can't keep supporting this social problem that should be remedied by the Mexican govt. not the legal citizens of Arizona. Don't judge until you live here and experience the agnst it brings to our state.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  165. Dee

    Jack:

    I not only approve of Mexico's warning, I would tell Mexico that unless they assist preventing their citizens from illegally entering Arizona and other border States, we will charge them for our expenses sending their illegal citizens back to Mexico.

    I would cease property belonging to Mexico to pay for these expenses, if they failed to pay after one year.

    Enough is enough. Arizona is doing the right thing. Power to them.

    DB.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  166. margaret in MN

    I don't see why not. Perhaps Mexico issuing a travel alert will help deter a few illegals from crossing the border, however, unless something is done on a larger scale in the US, they'll just be more Mexican's making their way to other states. WIth so many illegal Mexicans in the US already, they are bound to seek out family and relatives to 'shelter' them. Businesses and other institutions need to be held accountable for hiring 'illegal's as well. You got to credit Arizona for having the guts to take a stance on this issue that the Federal Gov't has failded to do anything about for way too long.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  167. SteveK

    Not sure why any lawmakers opinions should count that don't live in Arizona. The problems been a growing one–and if you live in Ohio, or Michigan, or Fla.–how would you know how it effects Arizonians. Personally–wish it would not include "all Hispanics"-just one's with a criminal record. I pay taxes-if any Hispanics come to this country and pay taxes, we should encourage them to become citizens. If they decline–then maybe they should go back to the country they wish to support.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  168. amy NC

    As usual the federal government is looking out for a group of people who do not have any civil rights under the United States Constitution. Even a pet rock would know this bill is a good one.....

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  169. ZionMari

    Dear Jack, I was just reading the comments posted here. The majority applauding SR 1070. And you, Jack, approving also. CNN has gone from being fair-and-balanced to leaning far-right. You lost a loyal viewer.

    "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." ~ Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Our Nation stands for Justice and Freedom, the Arizona law will be proven unconstitutional. There are just and fair solutions to our immigration problem, hate isn't one of them!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  170. Jim Morrison

    Jack,
    There is absolutely NOTHING good about this law. It is ill-conceived, mean-spirited, indefensible, and probably unconstitutional. It invites racial profiling, which you obviously do not see as a problem as you label this a "good deed". Moreover, it infringes on the rights of INNOCENT people.

    During World War II, nervous and frightened "American patriots" rounded up Japanese-Americans who were placed in camps. You probably think that was a "good deed".
    Jim Morrison
    Scottsdale, AZ
    (a non-Hispanic American, military veteran, and former distinguished federal executive)

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  171. Mary Benavidez

    Jack;
    My husband is an American citizen, Hispanic born in AZ. We lived 7 miles from the Mexico border so we have seen the immigration problem first hand. We were both County employees working law enforcement.
    If the U.S. Border Patrol encounters an illegal with injuries requiring medical treatment, they contact the local Sheriff's Dept. to pick up the person and transport them to a medical facility. The hospitals in AZ do NOT get reimbursed by the Feds for the treatment given. Instead, the hospitals either eat these charges, or charge them to the local County Government. This has been ongoing for years, and has nearly bankrupted all the counties bordering Mexico.
    Our County was having to struggle to survive. Health care for the elderly, raises, hiring and many other programs had to be cut to the bone because of this. This is just ONE example of why Arizonans are so frustrated with the Federal Government's failure to enforce Immigration laws. I could probably write a book about all the other problems with the influx of illegals, but.....

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  172. cactus_rose

    In the early 1990s, I recall attending a talk by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent in Tucson. He told us that the Federal Government was not giving them the tools to control the U.S-Mexico border. Many of their patrol vans had over 200,000 miles on them and they couldn't get any federal funds to replace them.

    I am totally against the law signed by our extreme right wing governor Jan Brewer. It is unconstitutional and un-American..

    Brewer, a former AZ Secretary of State, automatically became governor when AZ Governor Janet Napolitano left to join the Obama administration, and will run for election in October. Brewer is being challenged in the primary by a number of other AZ Republicans.

    Many Arizona Democrats are still angry with Janet Napolitano for turning the state over to Brewer. (Arizona does not have a Lieutenant Governor position.)

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  173. Russell

    I live in Arizona, and consider myself a Liberal, but I do support this bill. I think should have been done fifty years ago before this mess got too big to tackle. W. had eight years to do something about it, and didn't get anything done to curb the influx of illegals from Mexico, even though he is from a border state himself and knows how big the problem is. It's time to stop pointing fingers and get to work on enforcing the law that our country's founders made.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  174. Russ

    The alert should be...have a passport. Show you are in the country legally. If hundreds of thousands of Mexican looking people are invading Arizona...well duh..if I looked Hispanic I would be prepared for any situation. We all could and should be expected to show documents whenever we travel Internationally. Stop worrying about stepping on toes. Forget what is politically correct. Keep the country safe.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  175. JCW from Warren Ohio

    I'm glad someone is sticking up for Arizona. Jack did I miss something "When did law breakers start to determine when and what laws in the USA could and would be obey? Whats next all the prisoners in prison get to dictate what laws we can and cannot have.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  176. Ivan

    I applaud Arizona for passing a much-needed law. It's funny how some politicians seem to sympathize more with people who enter this country illegally than with their fellow Americans who are simply doing their best to protect the country's borders. Mexico's travel alert is also amusing, to say the least: they make it seem like it's America's fault that illegals are using up many of the resources that should go to the people who are living in the US legally. Why was the Mexican government MIA in helping to prevent this from becoming a problem in the first place? Mexico should do its part in keeping its citizens within its borders.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  177. Culturemix

    i say Boycott Arizona and any one else who's going along with this runaway slave law !!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  178. Ric

    More states should follow Arizona's lead.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  179. Bernina Delgado-Uriarte

    Jack, you are the ONLY voice of reason on CNN regarding this whole immigration issue. I am native Arizonan and applaud Governor Brewer and 1070. Mexico is as ignorant as the people who oppose 1070, maybe they should take the time to actually READ the bill. Oh, that's right, it's in ENGLISH, my bad.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  180. Johnny

    Yes Jack they should. How utterly sad that Arizona would wait until a Democrat takes office to pass a law that would try to embarrass our president as well as themselves with all this attention. It also shows how our nation when angry results in lashing out at anyone and anything it believes theatens them or in this case someone they can bully around. The dam broke a long time ago and their patch work has widen the gap instead of dealing with the problem that makes sense to all and not relying on the suspicion of a police officer who is only human. Lets see how far they get with doing this the hard way.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  181. camphoneguy

    Finally! Immigration laws being enforced. Arizona is being killed by illegal immigration and then the president in turning on them?!? Go Arizona, go Texas, join them! Protect America!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  182. Tim in IL

    It seems most people are looking at the effect on the illegal immigrants who are asked for papers: "they have no civil rights", "if they are not from here they should have papers on them", "they are here illegally anyway", etc. But what about the people who ARE here legally and are stopped? Are legal immigrants or citizens of foreign birth now required to carry proof of legal residence?

    Maybe an American citizen of Mexican descent happens to be wearing a flannel shirt and boots (or however they plan on identifying what an "illegal" looks like) and walks into a hardware store without a Driver's License: is this now an arrestable offense?

    How long until this leads to National ID Cards required to be carried by all, just in case a government official wants to "see your papers"? How much closer does this put us to the Totalitarian State the Conservatives keep warning us about? How much of your Freedom are you willing to give up? Where are the Tea Party protests?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  183. Joe in Chandler

    Yes. The story not being told on CNN is that most 'street' law enforcement here in Ariz. think this is a bad law. It is going to bog them down in paperwork to cover their butts. It may also bog them down with numerous court appearances. They could have equal rights law suits against them (justified or not). They also can be sued by ordinary citizens who may construe that they did not perform their duties by not arresting a 'possible' illegal. Currently time is already lost while officers await federal custody transfers and that is not expected to change unless many more ice agents are hired. Meanwhile other crime will run rampant across our cities. (I hear local drug dealers, thieves, and burglars are going to be the newest 'illegal alien' employers as they hire them to get caught by police as often as possible.) (In case you have'nt heard deported Mexicans are usually back within a few days and that's a fact.)

    April 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  184. Yvette

    It's Mexico's lame attempt to forewarn the "Illegals" coming across who do not listen to their govt. Couple years ago, Arizona passed a law that said – NO illegal can work in Arizona. If they get a job with a company in Arizona, the company gets fined one or two times and then loses the company. Mexico president contacted anyone out side of America – to uplift this law. Talk about stupid!! Now our president is willing to "PAY" mexico – for what??? For a do nothing country that allows drugs and drug runners, and illegals to cross our borders, and do ANYTHING they want in the 4 border states? NO NO NO Our government is only concerned with "Elections" and their party – and of course if you can get 17 million illegals to vote democratic and be us citizens and never pay nothing ever in their life in the USA – you think this goes well with LEGAL US CITIZENS? NO NO NO

    April 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  185. mona

    So they are racial profiling hispanics according to all the blogs. No one talks about home grown terrorist like Tim McVey and 911. i guess America prefer this then a poor immigrant trying to feed their children. There will always be those to take advantage of the poor thats why we need the Federal government to take care of this matter.

    my heart is sad.
    Mona

    April 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  186. T. Hertzog

    I agree 100% with the AZ imagration law, I live in Texas and have seen the issues that occur do to illegal immigrants in our state. I travel out of the country and have to have my passport/workpapers etc. I have been ask many time to produce these papers by police in other countries. What is the big deal show the papers, if you don't have them you are there illegally and will be sent home period. I have known people who have been auto accidents or have had the houses broken into by illegal aliens. It is our insurance companies that pay for medical care and property damages because the illegals don't have any insurance. This in turn raises our premiums for insurance and medical care. Bottom line if your an illegal alien it is time to go home and stay there, we don't go to your country illegally don't come to ours.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  187. MARTHA

    I believe this a terrible law! I'm Italian and dark skinned. I've often been mistaken for Hispanic. I don't always carry proof that I'm a U.S. citizen. If I get pulled over in Arizona I could be put in jail, until I could prove my citizenship. Americans are not required to carry proof of citizenship, so why should a Hispanic American be required to prove they are citizens. Like someone asked in the press conference, " Can you tell who is illegal?" If I was stopped and made to prove I was a citizen, I would not be a happy camper, and would have to consult a lawyer. Maybe enough boycotts and law suits will get this law changed. There are better ways to deal with this problem, without trampling people's civil rights.

    Martha
    Cumberland, Maine

    April 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  188. thomas flynn

    Many great comments in support of Arizona. Why don't people "get" it? If you are here illegally you will be punished. Of course it is profiling, because 90% of all illegals ARE MEXICANS! They are wonderful people, truly the salt of the earth. However, this does not change ANYTHING! All the wonderful Mexican-Americans that did it legally should be outraged and insulted. The same way I am outraged and insulted that now I have to bailout every jack-ass American who spent beyond there means on a home in the last 5 years, and then borrowed against an already inflated value of a home that was beyond there means to begin with....Bravo Arizona, bring your laws to California and specifically Redwood City, start at the Home Depot, there's about 300 or so there everyday just hanging around....just sayin...

    April 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  189. Melvin

    Calderon should have been more specific in his warning. He should have said "if you're in the USA illegally, well then Señor and Señoritas be prepared to be harassed, jailed, fined, exported".

    April 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  190. kim

    Well I live in Arizona and I strongly disagree with profililing, But I agree with the new law, due to the latest murders on police officers in the last few years before this law was thought of, when illegal aliens were pulled over in Glendale, AZ a officer/ soilder approached the car that was speeding, and was shot to death by an illegal alien from Mexico.
    Also a Chandler AZ officer lost his life dur to the actions of another illegal alien, so in ending I don't feel that profiling will be the issue the issue will be if you are a criminal and looking to break the law. The law will be looking for YOU. If you are not breaking the law what concerns will you have. the word ILLEGAL is just what it means.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  191. Abdul Abdillahi-Seattle Wa

    Jack , before I became a Ctitizen of this great nation i was a legal resident. I know how expensive it is to get a Green Card, I-94 and even applying Citenzenship is , also how LONG it take to get leagal stats in the state is. So don't lecture US about illegal people when this law targest everyone , legal or illegal.

    THAnks

    April 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  192. David in Houston

    I'd love to here what the union leaders, some of Obama and Biden's biggest supporters on everything else, have to say about this new law !!!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  193. Lloyd

    We should be arresting the American employers that hire
    the illegals. If the illegals can't get work they will deport themselves.

    Lloyd
    Great Falls MT

    April 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  194. colorado kid

    NO to Arizona, YES to immigration reform. BOYCOTT ARIZONA

    April 28, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  195. Rick

    Why did Arizona's action prompt a travel advisory in Mexico when years and years of border patrol didn't worry them at all.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  196. Joe the carpenter Lex. Ky.

    Thank you Arizona, Thank-you Thank-you Thank-you!!!, Now, were 1 State down, 49 to go, come on Texas, then Arkansas, New Mexico, and California, etc... The domino effect.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  197. jasun

    I bet all the people who agree to this new law are white, which is fine, the state should have everyone carry their passport because some white people may be here illegally. If they want to inforce the law, they should set up road blocks and checkpoints and check every single person that comes through, regardless of race.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  198. Scott

    Yes, Jack. Illegal immigrants break the law and so do a lot of people. People park illegally every day. Maybe we should pass the anti-parallel parking law in NYC. Police would be incarcerating delivery guys all day.
    Living in NYC, I would much rather local law enforcement dedicate time and resources to violent criminals and terrorist cells. If police spend a great deal of time tracking down everyone's papers a la police state, they wouldn't have time to find the real threats to public safety.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  199. Tim

    I think the new law In AZ is justified for sure. The fact that the Federal Government has ignored the issue for years regardless of political affiliation. I've traveled to other countries many times and yes I had to show proof of my US Citizenship it's a logical request and good requirement. I also believe that the influx of illegal immigrants is a serious problem and a drain on this countries resources. Illegal is illegal now matter how you look at it. I say great job Arizona for actually taking a stand on the issue. I come down every year for spring training with a large group of friends and I don't ever see that changing because you made a choice to protect your citizens.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  200. Tim- Cave Creek AZ

    I believe, Mexico issuing a travel advisory to Arizona is nothing more than political grandstanding. Arizona needs to change the state motto to " The Legal State". The Federal government has failed the citizens of Arizona. If we can spend billions of dollars in wars oversees than we should allocate the resources to secure our borders.

    Oh by way, this is the same administation that failed to help a disabled veteran that served his country honorably for over twenty years when he was discriminated against. I call it disabling profiling.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  201. Roman

    Yes, it is important that a foreign head of state places travel restrictions to Arizona as it might partake in racial profiling. As a matter of fact, every country and head of state should place a travel restriction to Arizona.

    From Nashville, TN

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  202. Joshua

    Finally some consequences. Politicians on both sides have been lobbying so hard for latino votes that they have left border states without a choice but to strengthen their own laws. Can someone tell me what is wrong with profiling? Advertisers, pollsters, retailers, universities, NAACP, etc. do it all the time.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  203. AlaJack

    At least Arizonia has addressed the problem and not buried their heads in the sand. Resources only can go so far to fix the intrastructure of this country. Supporting the numbers of illegals already in this country is absurd, they may do jobs others do not for whatever reason want to do but what other good do they add? Am not against Mexicans coming to this country whatsoever, they are more than welcome, and are some wonderful, hard working folks who have come the right way and have become strong, American citizens!!. An "illegal" is an illegal as the word implies and they have not rights whatsoever due to this status. Go back where you came from and come to the USA through the proper channels!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm |