May 20th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Does Mexico have a right to complain about Ariz. Immigration law?


Mexican President Felipe Calderon addressed a joint session of Congress this morning. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Mexican Pres. Felipe Calderon has a lot of nerve coming to this country and complaining about Arizona's immigration law - when all the state wants to do is protect itself against a flood of illegal immigrants from his country.

But instead - Calderon and Pres. Obama are both whining about the Arizona law. Calderon, who also took his message to a joint meeting of Congress, is calling the law discriminatory.

As for President Obama, he says he wants a federal fix to the immigration crisis in this country - which would have to come from the same federal government that has refused for decades to enforce laws already on the books. It's patently absurd. Pres. Obama complains about Arizona trying to do something about a problem he - Pres. Obama - and the federal government have created and choose to ignore.

And with all this criticism of Arizona coming from Presidents Obama and Calderon, the Justice Department, the Homeland Security department - our government officials, like Attorney General Eric Holder and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano can't even be bothered to read the law they're criticizing.

If they did, they'd find out that parts of the law are word-for-word the same as the federal statutes on immigration. But the only thing that matters to the administration is pandering to Latinos ahead of the midterm elections.

Felipe Calderon should spend his time trying to create opportunities for his own citizens so they aren't driven by poverty and desperation to sneak into this country illegally. This country doesn't meddle in Mexico's internal affairs, Pres. calderon, and you ought to keep out of ours. Our border security is quite frankly none of your business.

Here’s my question to you: Does Mexico have a right to complain about Arizona's immigration law?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mike writes:
Wow, you're my new hero! I almost agree with you. Mexico can complain about Arizona's immigration law provided they also explain their immigration policy and explain how they treat illegals coming north across their border.

Becca writes:
Mexico has no right to interfere in our country's business. The president of Mexico has insulted the American people, especially those in Arizona who are fighting for their lives against the drug cartels from Mexico and an invasion of illegals. And to top that off, our own president sides with him against the American people. Our president's allegiance is to his country no matter what. You don't insult your own people.

Ivan in Brazil writes:
In my country, all of us – ALL of us – are required to carry a proper ID at all times. And our police are entitled to check anyone at any given time for his or her ID. Failure to provide such ID may lead to a free trip to the nearest police precinct, from where such person is only allowed to leave after proper identification is supplied. Driving a car down here without having your driver's license with you may lead to even worse consequences, like having your car impounded plus a fine. Mexico is making a fuss about nothing.

Frankie writes:
If your family had ever been on the other side of a police officer abusing their authority, you would understand what is wrong with the Arizona law. Felipe Calderon struck me as sincere and gutsy, he made me feel much better about both countries solving our common problems together.

Kat in Texas writes:
Really? No, he does not. He has a lot of nerve acting like the illegals living here are owed something.... They are not. I see his hand was stuck out again asking for more money – once again just like the illegals.

Paul writes:
Jack, Jack, Jack. You're starting to sound like a rightwing nut! Congratulations, it's about time!

Filed under: Immigration • Mexico
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Paul Austin, Texas

    Sure they do. But does anyone have to listen, no. Arizona would be back to their 1912 status without the illegals as a big part of their population per capita. After all who would mow the lawns at 115 degrees.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  2. Eric - Houston

    Certainly, any country's government has the right to their opinion and can voice it, as do we. That said, it is up to we American to decide if that opinion is valid, if we care at all.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  3. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Sure Jack, not only does Felipe Calderon have the right to complain about the Arizona Immigration Law, President Obama gladly gave him the privilege to do so. That Arizona corridor in the porous U.S. border represents the flow of 20 billion dollars that hard-working undocumented "American" citizens send back to their families in Mexico each and every year. This is one time Obama doesn't have to apoligize for America...look at what a wonderful, charitable country we have become.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  4. Kyle in Washington

    No, Jack, Mr. Calderon should keep his mouth shut until his immigration application is approved.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  5. William Wheeler from Bellevue, WA

    Jack, I usually agree with your positions, but boy are you full of it with this blog. First, President Obama didn"t create this problem. I am 60 years old and grew up in Southern California. This issue became a major concern when I was barely a teenager. I know all you pundits like to blame Obama for all of this country's ills (even though he has done a spectacularly good job in his short tenure), but Obama CREATED the immigration problem??? Give me a break!
    Secondly, the United States meddles in Mexico's affairs all the time. How in the Hell do you think we got Arizona, California and about 8 other states in the first place? WE STOLE THEM FROM MEXICO!!!!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  6. Ryan

    Absolutely not. Any country (other than the U.S.) requires pasport or other authorization to be in the country. If you don't have t on you, they arrest you or take you to find your documents. and if you are a white person in mexico, be sure they will stop you. Why should it be different here?

    Ryan from Wisconsin

    May 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  7. Susan Morris

    Thank you Mr. Cafferty. Why is the majority of the media pandering to the illegal immigrants? I am glad to see someone from CNN speak for what I believe to be the majority of Americans. We are overrun with illegals here too in Nevada, but the casinos want the cheap labor. Liberals that don't want this law are thereby supporting what amounts to slave labor for most of these illegals. Shame on their selfrighteous selves. And don't even get me started on the crime and drugs they bring and our taxes paying for their schooling and medical costs, that is another email's worth.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  8. Susan from Birmingham, Al.

    No, Mexico has no right to complain about our laws. This whole uproar over this is absurd and unsubstantial, Arizonia is just trying to protect its citizens. This law just mirrors the federal law on the books. Pres Obama is using politics to get votes and its disgusting, 2012 can't get here fast enough!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  9. Bud rupert, reston, VA

    They have a right to compalin about anything Jack. Dosen't mean Arizona or anybody else has to pay homage to the complaint.

    Good international relations mean listening to what everyoine has to say, be courteous then and say thanks but we believe it's in our best interest to do the following.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  10. Dave

    Mexico has no right to complain about anything until it fixes its own corrupt house.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  11. phil

    He's a guest in our country - He has the right to say what he wants. Afterall, we put up with Chavez calling our sitting president "The Devil" with no hew and cry.

    Obama does not
    have that same moral right because he is just pandering to the Latino vote instead of discharging his sworn duty. If he doesn't like enforcement of our own existing laws then perhaps he missed the "preserve and protect" part of his oath of office. Is Obama our commander in chief or our
    "Campaigner in Chief?" He certainly is confused. We may not be perfect, but I'm tired of our president making apologies for the greatest force for freedom in the world - The US and the American People.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  12. Nathan

    Of course not. The prime complaint against the law is the strawman of "racial profiling."

    Racial profiling is police misconduct. If you use the theoretical concept of police misconduct as an objection to any law then it could just as easily be used for every law.

    Drugs? Nope, can't fight heroin because police might take bribes. Bank robbery? Nope, the cops might steal the money. Etc, etc.

    Police misconduct is best handled by police internal affairs. And illgeal immigration is best handled by those officers working at gound zero–not by political posturing from the man responsible for externalizing Mexico's poverty problem.

    Monmouth, OR

    May 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  13. chw777

    Mexico's President has no right to complain. He loves the one billion plus cash that gets sent to Mexico from illegals here in the U.S. But his own country is very very tough on illegals coming INTO his own country. Of course with his hypocrisy and dislike of America, he probably feels right at home at the White House.

    A real American President would send him packing.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  14. Paul Hinrichs

    The mexican president has no business commenting on ANYTHING

    May 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  15. Judy in Arizona

    I want to ask where all you people were when European Jews NEEDED to enter the U.S. and weren't allowed. It truly breaks my heart to hear all these people demanding to be let in to this country so they can earn more money. What happened to the people who asked to be let in so they could live??? They died. This is a lousy law. Something else must be worked out. But don't demand to be let in, that's just an insult to 6 million dead.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  16. Carter

    Maybe we should just let all of Mexico vote on our next presidential candidate. Seems reasonable since all Obama is trying to do is court their citizens vote.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  17. 2chaps

    absolutely NOT!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  18. Joe Reid

    Could it be that the Mexican Pres. doesn't want all of the illegals back in his country? Who is he to tell us (the reason he still has a country) how to run our country?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  19. Bill Coggin

    When you are a loser like the president of Mexico, what else can you do. Your country is so disfunctional that it's citizens leave by the millions and you complain about their plight? Dumb Ass, worry about the citizens of Mexico's plight in Mexico!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  20. Bob

    obscene word NO NO NO. Mexico has enough problems for this guy to worry about starting with crooked cops, politicans and bribes. We also have a problem with his people who apparantly can not stand Mexico who want to come here. We do not need his comments or his citizens coming here Illegally.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  21. Ralph

    Cafferty & Blitzer 2012.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  22. Dan

    Obama wants to push for amnesty because he knows he has no chance at a second term and with the aztec mexican vote he can get his second term. then with four more years he will cram down our necks the N.A.U. ( NORTH AMERICAN UNION ) and open the borders. Then La Raza and the rest of the aztec mexicans will have a majority vote to vote any REAL AMERICANS out of congress and take control of our government completing their NON-HOSTILE TAKEOVER

    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  23. Gary Levine, Coral Springs, FL

    This would be the equivalent of the fast food industry complaining about obesity.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  24. George W

    Steady, Jack. You may blow a gasket with your hyperventilating. You say America doesn't meddle into Mexican affairs. That's a joke. I'll bet there is no country on earth that America doesn't meddle into.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  25. Larry Stokes

    Hell no!!! Obama needs to send him packing and tell him to stay out of our business.
    The nerve!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  26. Gary X

    Maybe if President Calderon worried more about creating jobs in his own country and taking care of his own people, we wouldn't have to many people coming from and through his country to find work in ours.

    He has no place commenting on how the United States runs the country and how our individual states make laws. That's up to the citizenry, of which he does not belong.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  27. joe

    They absolutely should butt out. This whole discussion is infuriating.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  28. David TX

    Not just no but hell no. If he wants to complain about American policy and meddle in American affairs, then maybe we should complain and meddle with the face that the border (THEIR side) is a war zone. They aren't finding headless bodies on our side, are they?

    Besides, of course he's complaining. Take a look at how many former Mexican Presidents have retired....in the United States. Says a lot about their country's conditions, doesn't it?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  29. Steve (Toronto)

    Jack, what I don't get about Mexico is that they can blast Arizona for their law but no one holds the mirror up to Mexico as to how they treat illegal immigrants from Central American countries. After jail time it's automatic booted out of the country. Apparently it's a real problem for them and there's no leniency, why should they expect to be treated any differently?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  30. Daniel, Waterbury, CT

    Does the US have a right to complain about Cuban laws? China's Internet censorship?

    Of course!
    When human right are violated, everybody should get concerned, complain, or do even something more about it!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  31. Anne Shannon

    NO--Mexico has NO right to lecture us on THEIR PROBLEM. Yes, I agree with Jack (as usual): Mexico should instead fix THEIR economy so their people can get good jobs in MEXICO!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  32. Richard Oak Harbor, Wa

    Apparently, CAFTA wasn't enough to keep Mexicans from invading the US to get work. Municipal services cost taxpayer dollars that aren't being paid by undocumented immigrants but remain a burden for those who do pay taxes. At least a way should be found for illegal aliens to help pay for the public services they use. Maybe if children of illegals weren't given automatic citizenship the parents wouldn't need to live on American soil to give them a free American education.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  33. ken

    It is about time our politions start to do their jobs that look out for Americans. I'm tired of people calling themselves Chinese American,
    African Americans, Mexican Americans or any other kind of American.
    If you are a citizen of the USA you are an American and should be proud of it.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  34. don lucius

    What about the billions of usa taxpayers money going directly to social welfare programs such as food stamps and welfare and medicaid and medicare that takes away from programs neede to help our own poor and ill?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  35. lee jordan

    No.Tell him we will change our immigration laws when he change his.who do he thnk he is

    May 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  36. areyoustillalive

    Jack you are 100 % right. How is it that Calderon comes here looking for money and help and then negatively comments on US internal policy and gets Congress to give him a standing ovation? I loved the part where he said the guns in his country are our fault and the drug problem is because Americans are to addicted to drugs. And any comment about human rights violations from him is a joke. How does his country handle illegal immigration?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  37. Irma Irvin

    Hi Jack, about Felipe Calderon's commentary or maybe we should call it intrusion into USA policy I would say he is so out of line. We should ask him how his government treats those undocumented coming from Cuba or Guatemala or other part of South American. Some horror stories are that they are immediately incarcerated, robbed and sometimes raped in case of girls. He should talk. By the way I am an Arizonan and support this law.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  38. Chris

    Absolutely not. I am disgusted that he would have the audacity to come to our country and critize a law that is identical to the U.S. federal law already on the books. Can you imagine President Obama going to Mexico and critizing one of their laws. I gurantee he would not get a standing ovation. And speaking of the standing ovation President Calderone received, what is going on in our country?

    Does President Obama realize he is president of the United States and not Mexico? Do the Democrats realize they are supposed to be representing people that are legal citizens of the United States? This is like a bad nightmare. The U.S. government is putting the rights of people here illegally ahead of the rights and laws that are supposed to protect U.S. citizens. Socialism and anti-americanism is not the "change" I thought Obama would make. I can't believe I am writing this but I miss George Bush.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  39. Matt

    Well Jack,

    The Mexican government does get a large piece of money from the USA from those same illegal immigrants, so they have a stake in this issue. It's so much easier for them to drain off our cash than to create opportunities in their own country.
    And that is part of why nothing will get done on this – the real culprits are the businesses who benefit from the cheap labor on the US side ( who own the politicians from both parties ), and the Mexican government, which doesn't have to spend a peso on their part, because they get those remittances from their people who are here. Maybe if those businesses and individuals were punished severely on this side for hiring illegals ( like huge fines, jail time and seizure of assets ), the flow would be reduced.
    But as usual, it's so much easier to go after the symptom than the cause.

    Saint Augustine, Fl

    May 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  40. JayCee

    Yes Mexico sure does have the right to complain about the AZ law, for Az was once part of mexico and now AZ want Mexicans out. I'm sure that the Mexicans wanted the United Stadians out when the U.S. stole AZ from Mexico, but we never get what we want, and what goes around comes around.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  41. Rich

    If Gandhi had appeared before Congress in the late 1940s to criticize racial segregation, would you have denounced his action as meddling? Tragically, you probably would. President Calderon addressed perceived discrimination and I applaud him for doing so.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  42. EE Wiese

    We have freedom of speech,so,the Mexican Pres. can say whatever he wants.I use to tell Lou Dobbs that I agreed with him on closing the border and if I lived in Ariz. I'd want the law;however, I have a number of Mexican friends back in Texas,my home,and I think that in their behalf,I'm for Comprehensive Immigration. Gene

    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  43. Sue Charleston, S.C.

    Jack, I remember a little blooper that aired many times during the Presidential elections. Jesse Jackson mentioned that he would like to remove a couple of very delicate parts of Obama's anatomy – I think he succeeded. He has turned into such a wishy-washy wimp that I am ashamed of him.
    Obama needs to man up and stop this dithering. The citizens of America are fed up and a huge problem looms on the horizon unless the pandering and kow-towing to the mexicans stops now. Civil War is not out of the question.The change he promised has come but it is for the worst and he lied... Typical politician. Everyone else loves to point out the significance of his being the first black president. I will say that so far that is the only thing different about him.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  44. Jerome Smith, Wyoming

    Of course Mexico has a right to complain about the Arizona law. Why not? Isn't the US complaining about laws in Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Pakistan, etc, etc. If homosexuality is illegal in a country what right does the US have to complain? If the punishment for adultery is 100 lashes in a country what right does the US have to complain? The US does it all the time. We must stop being such hypocrites about everything we say and do! We cannot have it both ways or we will continue to look like selfish, spoiled brats.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  45. Gail Bechler

    What is more disgusting-the president of Mexico "allowed" to speak to congress today and tell the Unitied States how immigration issues like the new Arizona law should be handle
    the standing ovation he received after telling us what to do by our bafoons in congress??

    I totally agree with you Jack.
    ps. the last comprehensive immigration plan by Ted Kennedy and John McCain in 2007 was voted down because people stated they wanted border inforcement first. McCain stated he "heard" the people; since the defeat of the comprehensive plan McCain has been for border inforcement first but the pundits just call him a flip flooper so he can get reelected this year.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  46. jerry lindsay

    I cannot believe that our president and our congress applauded a foreign leader while he trashed our country. The Mexican president needs to tell about his own country's tough imigration laws . We need our president to defend his country occasionally.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  47. Dave W

    Well said. How dare he come here and blame us!After that speech He should have been given the bums rush out of here!Those crooked creeps. Political correctness is killing our country. Order troops to the border. There are laws protecting us from invasion by Immigration. You Illegal you have 60 days to make arrangements to go back or face Jail, then Deportation. Oh and What about the kids? They should take responsiblity for doing illegal things.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  48. Ed

    A disgusting POLITICAL performance by Calderone, Obama and Congress! A perfect example of how these phonies work to stay in office!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  49. jeffb

    Jack!!! You are the man (for today, anyway).

    I just had to compliment you and give you a hi-five on your speech supporting the Arizona immigration law... and the dismal handling and exploitation of the situation by the Obama regime.

    Until I heard your heart-felt feelings today, I had for the most part, given up on CNN providing anything other than hugs and kisses to Obama and the Democrats.

    Maybe, just maybe, you have given me new hope that there are one or two journalists at CNN, that actually care more about our country, than what the Progressive's are spewing for the day. Thanks Jack... you made my day!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  50. Lili

    Yes, they have the right to complain. They share a border. They share family. They share manufacturing companies. And, yes, they have read the law. The complaint concerns the original law which mandated law enforcement to stop anyone suspicious (of Hispanic background) and demand to see their papers. This would include people who have been US citizens for generations. Now these citizens will have to carry papers around when they have lived here for generations? It does not matter that they have amended the law. The attitude is out of the box.


    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  51. Glenn

    Get real......You support free speech only if you do it I guess. Of course he is allowed to comment on American laws that affect his country. You'd expect our president to do it why not him?

    I also have a real problem with you blaming Pres. Obama for his apparent inaction on reform (as if it were all HIS problem) in one breath and in the next breath admitting that nothing has been done for the last 40 years. You can't have it both ways!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  52. Christopher Smith

    To a degree President Calderon, or anybody south of the U.S. border has a say in Arizona's immigration law. The citizens of Arizona are not the only ones affected by this law. Those illegal immigrants who are in Arizona, and are trying to make a better life for themselves must be worried if they are going to get pulled over, and asked for their papers. It amazes me how some people in the U.S. generalize the immigration issue, and believe that illegal immigrants are 1) all from Mexico, and 2) are all drug dealing, ill-mannered, violent people. While illegal immigration is a problem, I believe that this issue should be discussed by people who can approach this objectively, analytically, and holistically. What has happened to deep thinking individuals in this country?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  53. Mike Bond

    Jack, I do not always agree with your opinions, however with the current issue of The President of Mexico, and Arizonas Immagration Law, you have hit the nail on the head, and the head being our Legislators. You had also hit another nail recently, with your suggestion to fire all the Incubants, they are not producing, so send them home. We should keep Jack Cafferty around, for at least an occasional good laugh. Thanks Jack!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  54. AL

    he has the right to complain. atleast for the mexican tourist who wanted to travel there. the law doesn't law out a welcome mat it kinda does the opposite. besides who are we to criticize we get involved in any decision another country makes. i dont think his comments will make a difference however so it doesnt really matter. by the way you sound a little angry today jack?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  55. Keon Monroe

    Imagine if, in a similar sense, Americans were being badgered to show proof of their residential status in a foreign country. Of course, this isn't a problem but should it ever become one you can bet our president would be "complaining" about such a law.

    Obviously the current laws the president is choosing to "ignore" are duly unjust and out of touch with our country today. Please forgive him Jack, and all others who oppose Arizona's immigration law for showing compassion for other human beings.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  56. Frank

    May be, you can add an amendment in your constitution to make sure they do not. Otherwise, it may not be taken for granted that only Jack has the right to complain.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  57. Derf-Toronto


    Felipe Caldron will be under your nose and your Obama nose, wether you like or not. Both are Liberals and sing to the same tune.

    Obama prefers the enemy to the US than who try to protect the homeland like Arizona id doing.

    Derf- Toronto

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  58. Kay Watson

    No. And it disturbs me that Congress seems to think that Mexico has, and should exercise, such a right.

    Kay Watson
    Durham, North Carolina

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  59. john

    what is it they say about people who live in glass houses and throwing bricks. perhaps he should take a closer look at mexico's own immigration laws.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  60. Rob

    Its my understanding that the Mexican government deports illegal immigrants from its country. What gives them the right to condemn us for something they do?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  61. Gary Cook

    Sure he does. Any child can complain, but do adults listen to them. Most of Latin America has been free for over 160 years yet it took them until about 10 years ago to have a successful country ie Chile. Mexico still isn't a successful country otherwise their people wouldn't be leaving in droves, but I say we should herd them all back across the border. We don't need them coming here in such numbers that the United States becomes another successful Mexico.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  62. Audrey Ralphs

    Federal law on illegal immigration is so similar to the Arizona version it's difficult to see where all the objection is coming from except, of course, for the obvious pandering. Embarrassing to this Obama supporter!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  63. Louis

    yes he has a right to say most anything he wants. he does look pathetic and out of control of his own country when he does so. however, you jack, are mistaken about the US not meddling with mexico internal affairs

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  64. mark

    Of course...let's not forget the border belongs to both the u.s and mexico...and since none of the members of congress want to even begin discussing the issue its about time that we and mexico start making noise about all this or it will get swept under the rug like it has been for the last decade...and a path to ligalization is the only comprehensive and human way to put all this behind us...or we can send out school buses to round up all 12 million of them ...and not all illegals are hispanic...white and black immigrants are very much a part of this..but the arizona law clleary targets hispanics.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  65. mikey tennessee

    NO !! and if I can add..Jack, You are the one who diserves the Standing-ovation... Thank you..Mikey.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  66. Julio Hernandez

    Mexico needs to mind its own business, mainly improve their economy and corruption which is why they are so dependent on income from illegals working in the US. Obama needs to stop bashing Arizona for his failure to secure the border. Many of us hispanics, here legally and incorporated into mainstream USA are disgusted at the backlash our state of Arizona is getting for obeying, enforcing the laws and standing up for the values that make this country great. Any law abiding citizen, Hispanic or not, should back up the Arizona law. At least have the decency to read it.

    a law abiding Hispanic from Glendale, Arizona.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  67. Vanessa

    Mexico does not have a right to meddle in the domestic affairs of the United States. President Obama seems to feel that Illegal immigrants have the right to break federal laws and not be charged with a felony because they want a better life for their family. Well, what about those American Citizenw who commit non-violent crimes by breaking federal laws (tax fraud, etc). Many probably use the same excuse – "I did it to have a better life for my family." Why is the punishment going to be less for illegal immigrants when breaking the law (fine, paying back taxes, going to the back of the line), but when American citizen break federal laws, we are either put in jail or charged with a felony. I believe that this is discriminatory.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  68. Peter in Vermont


    Hell No!

    Mexico has no right to tell Arizona or any other state or nation what to do. How about they boycott us until we cave? How about they stay home and let the lawns of the special interest groups turn into fields of weeds.

    Here is my fix to the problem, we start charging Mexico the cost of having to capture its population as it enters the U.S. illegally. Or better yet we start reducing the amount of econmic and all other aide to Mexico by those same costs. Soon Mexico will be building a fence of their own on the border and shooting its own people to keep them from crossing.


    May 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  69. Matt C.

    Finally! Someone is brave enough to stand up and tell the truth about the Ariz. immigration bill. Instead of criticizing the Ariz. bill. Why doesnt anybody talk about (and criticize ) the federal government for not doing thier jobs to stop illegal border crossings and protect our borders. Thank for telling it the way it is.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  70. Mike

    Calderon needs to stay out of our immigration business and start dealing with their own problems like the Mexicans and Americans dying at the hands of their drug cartels. If their or our government's want to effect real change then maybe Calderon should be complianing about Americas dangerous and unconstitutional Drug War that is the underlying root of all these border problems. The majority of people running back and forth over the border and causing problems are drug runners and the only way they have the means(money, money, money) is because of the illegality of drugs in this country. They are like a disease on our continent and we should treat them as such their income (illegal drug trade) is their food and by legalizing we can starve them to death. Or maybe they don't want that. Hmmm...

    May 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  71. Elaine Wilson

    Absolutely not. Mexico should take care of their own problems and leave America decide what it's better for us who are living here. I am a foreigner who paid all my fees to have the right to reside here legally. I am supportive of the Arizona Law and I believe anyone who would like to reside here should do the same. Arizona is trying to handle a problem that is a national problem as best as they can.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  72. Dennis Pieren

    I almost went into shock watching the mexican actually scolding the american people about something that's really none of his business! he should tale a look at his own countrys' policy. Also he was strangely silent regarding the matter of the rencher who was killed by illegals on his own land or the sheriff deputy who was wounded among many others. It kinda makes me feel like my flu shot has failed me. thanks for letting me vent.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  73. Emeka

    Does The Unites States have a say on what happens at the boundary with Canada?

    I think I just answered your question.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  74. craig mooney

    ada boy jack, we've got your back!!! tell the mex. pres. to fix their own house and then ask where the one trillion dollars went. if the mex. government wasnt all corupt the mex. people wouldnt have to leave their country. hell mex. has a good percent of american jobs. craig...

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  75. Leslie Ann

    I think that Mexico.. should make it so that their people would want to stay in Mexico.. and not criticize Arizona for trying to protect our American citizens...they come in search for a better way of life.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  76. Wayne

    No he doesn’t! Considering the poor treatment of illegal aliens in Mexico and also considering it just isn’t any of his business. If he doesn’t like how his countrymen are treated, I suggest he gets his own country in order so they would not want to leave.

    It continues to be a wonder how people don’t understand that these are not immigrants but illegal aliens.

    Some of those who support illegal aliens are using them to push a revolutionary agenda with the passing around of pamphlets with socialist propaganda.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  77. Jose Araiza

    Our govt. Is known for sticking its nose in other countries business and politics. As well as appointing their leaders for our own gain. Nothing is wrong with mexico's president voicing his country's position on such a racist law. I am ashamed to be a born and raised phoenician.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  78. Jesus G.

    No, Mexico does not have a right to complain, but we see the fallout in regards to the negative response from SB1070 from around the country. Such as the prank pulled by those high school students throwing greencards in the air to mock their predominately Latino opponents. Laws such as these only brood an aura of ingnorance and intolerance, which become a vehicle to racial profiling and racism.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  79. Rick Mckinney Sr

    I read the comment about 'Mexican Pres. Felipe Calderon having a lot of nerve coming to this country and complaining about Arizona's immigration law' when all the state wants to do is protect itself against a flood of illegal immigrants from his country. First, he has the same amount of nerve that we have pushing human rights in countries around the globe. He has every right to speak out against any percieved injustice of mexicans anywhere in the world, but most assuredly in the United State as we hold out ourselves to the guardians of human rights. About the intent of Arizonia, this is an interesting statement although it ain't necessarily true. A closer look at Arizonia's movement in this issue in light of several other issues with racial overtones; i.e. their hold out on MLK national holiday; recent movements in regards to cultural education in public school, etc... might bring even the most conservative of American to say hmmmmmm...... they are really trying to protect themselves against what?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  80. Debbie McMahon

    No. If Mexico weren't gladly taking millions of dollars in US foreign assistance, and the White House pandering to the Hispanic vote, I might think otherwise.

    Until Mexico'[s President pays Arizona state and US federal taxes, he has no say in how our laws are made or what they say.

    The standing ovation he received before Congress was nothing more than what we all might expect. There is nothing this Congress and White House fears more than not being re-elected. How pathetic.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  81. Nancy

    Mexico is unhappy...money sent home by the Illegals here in the USA is their nation's second major source of income.
    Mexico is a failed state, and to allow Calderon to speak to our Congress is absurd...it was the Democrats pandering (I am a registered Democrat and thoroughly disgusted). And not one of the Congressmen got up and left in protest! they should all be fired right now.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  82. Allen

    We are in a state of war. Our border protection is crucial to the security of our nation. Calderon's arrogance in telling the American people how we should and should not treat illegals who sneak across our borders is beyond ignorant. If he is so concerned with the issue, he needs to put his own troops on his border and keep his people entering the United States.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  83. Sam

    No. This issue gets me so upset I get tongue-tied. Enforce the laws on the books. It's just that easy. Or get rid of the laws, quit calling them illegal aliens/immigrants and stop the hypocrisy. If I stop paying taxes will I be labeled an illegal policy protester or tax cheat but be ignored because I belong to a huge voting block (those who disapprove of administration policy, could use the extra money to pursue the American dream, and provide a vital service by doing a job someone else might noty want to do)? Are these folks legal illegal immigrants? Can I be a legal tax cheat? I get so confused.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  84. Joel Winkler

    You are right on with our government being cowards in the immigration crisis. Mexico is our problem. How dare they to call us to task when they know it is their faithless programs and government that creates our national problem. I am quoting "How does America deport more than 5 million illegals. The response; one mexican citizen at a time! Be unafraid and do this to save nation.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  85. Brian Stotts

    We don't meddle in Mexico's Internal affairs? Really?

    My guess is that Mexico and several other countries around the world might be well within their right to disagree to some varying degree. Are we deaf to the executive statements we have made for years from our better than thou pulpit to many of the world's countries (evil doers) condemning their internal practices? We can seemingly dish it out but clearly we cannot take it.

    It does not necessarily make the assertions correct but I suspect the Mexican President has probably an earned a tit for tat platform to voice their concerns and/or observations.

    Brian Stotts
    Cave Creek, AZ

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  86. Mark Angel

    He has just as much a right to speak his mind and opinion as you have to express your opinion about his speach. He was welcomed into this country and agrees with the views of many Americans. Your opinion, which does not help the issue, only fans the flames of descrimination amoung the people. Mexico is directly linked to the issue and we must work together wih Mexico, without discrimination, to solve the real issue which is to minimize the crime and public assistance abuse that exist in that area, which is why (I believe) this law was put in place. Many people do not like the flexibility this law allows Law Enforcement, to detain anyone who "looks" illegal. One thing is for sure, descrmination exist, otherwise, none of this would even be discussed at this time.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  87. Jennifer Norris

    Yes, Mexico can complain about our non existing immigration policy. Over a million Americans live and or work in Mexico and it takes 30 days to get papers. In the USA there is not a usable path to apply for papers without it taking years to process. The USA has no working immigration policy.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  88. Jason K.

    Why not? The United States constantly complains about Mexico's internal drug problems, yet does very little to solve the problem of eliminating its biggest customer – the United States.

    Vermillion, South Dakota

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  89. Bob Morris

    Absolutely not! The Mexican government has been far and away part of the problem not the solution. They have encouraged and aided illegal immigration into the US from Mexico.
    For years they tried to prevent illegal immigration from Central and South America entering Mexico along their southern border. If you were confronted by the Mexican police or army without papers, you faced many years in prison, usually without a trial or even a hearing if you were not a Mexican citizen. Although the law is still in effect, they have pretty much abandoned the enforcement of it because those who could would bribe the police and be sent on their way. They did this in an attempt to curtail the continued practice of police corruption. Our senators and representatives have failed the American people on immigration, health care, financial responsibility, and the list goes on.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  90. W.E.C.

    I agree that Calderone should stay out of Arizona and the United States business. A lot of american companies have moved their operation to Mexico. Why are people still coming north? If he is so concerned why doesn't he focus on the drug cartels in Mexico. Shakira was in Arizona to protest SB1070. Shouldn't she be in her home country of Columbia protesting the cocaine trade that is killing and enslaving people all over the world. Unless these people live in Arizona and have read the bill keep your mouth shut.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  91. Frank Nardo Cape Coral, FL

    Calderon, WHY NOT? he is just one of many who have lectured America, we seem to attract a bevy of third world countries who think it alright to tell us we have bad policies, we have not been protecting our borders for years, the present laws on the books have been discarded by our leader, and you wonder why Arizona takes the bull by the horns and try's to protect American citizens from the onslaught coming from Mexico, Calderon you need to go home and help your people, and not tell us we are bad. So Mexico has joined Iran, Venezuela, Afghanistan, and N.Korea, etc, in telling U.S. what to do.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  92. Marla Wayman, Draper, UT

    Mexico should not be butting in to our affairs.

    Maybe they can "talk" when they start to send money to our country instead of the U.S. sending money to theirs.

    When will out "good friends," Israel, be speaking to both houses of Congress?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  93. Brenda King

    Thanks for having the guts to say what many of us want to but don't have the platform. What is the difference between me getting stopped at a random DUI or seatbelt checkpoint and hispanics being stopped in Arizona? Let them stop me. I don't care, but why should I? I am not committing a crime. Keep up the good reporting Jack. Arizona stand your ground. We've got your back.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  94. John in Mukilteo

    How dare the Mexican President! He should know that the US is the only country allowed to complain about other countries laws.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  95. Gwen T

    Jack, I don't often agree with your opinion on some things, but on this issue I agree 100%. I am married to a naturalized US citizen. I know the process he and his family and friends went through to become first 'green card' holders, then U.S. citizens. I've travelled and worked throughout the world and always carry my passport or other legal id when I am in a foreign country. The US is so very open to immigrants compared to most other countries. In some countries you can't own real estate without being a citizen. AZ, like any state [or country] has the right to question people they suspect are breaking a law. Calderon can have an opinion on AZ law, but he should keep it to himself or voice in private. Get real. if the border is with Mexico, would we expect Chinese- or Irish-looking people crossing illegally? "Profiling" physical appearance is a form of categorization to focus one's efforts, not a guilty sentence.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  96. Joe

    Jack – thank you! How dare he comes to this country and not offer any help for HIS people. He should take all his people back to Mexico with him. If he doesn't like our laws – don't visit! And for Obama to complain about Arizona doing some thing that the Feds doesn't want to do. This is beyond the pale. If this was Bush – the media would be all OVER him! You know Jack – it's time for Obama to get to work... He hasn't created one job in this country and he is following Bush failed policies regarding putting Americans back to work,. Enough with the parties at the White House, enough of the Joy Rides on Air Force One, enough with trying to make Michele Obama look and act like Jackie O. Instead of boycotting AZ – we should be boycotting Mexico. I voted for Obama but if he thinks he is going to get a second term – he is wrong. How many jobs has been created since he has been in office and how many homes have been saved? Why is the media giving him a free ride? Other than Fashion Flair – what has Michele Obama done? You know Jack – at lease Bush flew over New Orleans – where was the Obamas regarding the awfull flooding in TN – and the south? The media needs to get to work on Obama -the celebration for a black president is over there is much work to be done...............................

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  97. nora

    mi name is nora ,i'm from mexico and i don't believe mexico president have any right to complaint abouth arizona laws ,mi laws in mexico are corrupt, the goverment never help the poor people i emigrate because that,but know i'm and love of this wonderfull country and instead of compleining abouth this country,they can be fixing mexico economy and stop stoling mexico ttreasure and then we will stop emigrating, and but the way mexico does not respect people rights crossing from others countries to mexico like guatemala,belice,salvador etc, GOD BLESS AMERICA

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  98. javier fernandez

    The root cause of the imigration lies in all the ilegal employers who lure these workers. They should be ciminalized the same way and this would stop the problem immediately. President Calderon has the right to complain about their neighbor who creates the drug problem by consuming massive amount of drugs and paying with arms who are smuggled into Mexico. Who controls this billion dollar industry in the US? Why hasnt anything being done or anybody being caught in the US doing these criminal and illegal acts . This is a two way street.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  99. Angela

    You may be surprised to know that, many, most 'legal' immigrants from Mexico, as well as other Latin American countries, happen to agree with the enforcement of 'legal immigration' legislation by Arizona, as much, if not even more than every other law-abiding American citizen. We may be silent, because of the gangs, but unless you have walked in our shoes over the past several years, you probably don't understand the fear we have, when illegals come to our neighborhoods , and into our homes,oftentimes forcefully, corrupting our children and threatening us. We get the the brunt of threats, requests to be hidden, the bribes, the beatings, murders,drug-use, kidnappings, forced-prostitution from the illegals. My family is glad the local authorities are going to look closer at this situation. My kids live in fear everyday. We are proud to have earned our American citizenship the old fashioned way : legally !

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  100. sgo

    Calderon can say anything he wants to.
    If you say Mexico has no right to say anything about the USA laws then it stands to reason that the USA should have nothing to say about how any other country deals with it's own laws and institutions....

    However, we all know that the USA doesn't keep quiet....

    Little man Jack just wants it both ways....

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  101. JM

    We need a leader to put America and Americans FIRST! Hell NO to Mexico!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  102. Glenn Brewster

    Mr. Calderon need's a reality check! And the rest of the U.S. states need to look at Az. as a role model on immigration. I feel that this issue is the biggest of many different reason's for the high unemployment rates in our country today. The "federal Gov." need's to enforce the law.

    Glenn Brewster,
    Birmingham AL.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  103. Jovialone

    I am not going to pretend to know exactly what the new Arizona law states, but I do know that we don't stick our nose in Mexico's affairs and feel Pres. Calderon owes us the same respect. If the law is unconstitutional, that will come to light. We do not have the right to violate human rights, however, we'll clean our own back step- thank you very much!!! Let him go to work on creating jobs in his own country so his desperate citizens don't have to commit an illegal act to make a better life elsewhere.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  104. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    He does not have the right...constitutionally, to rail on our sovereignty.
    I would also add that given the control by the cartels in his country, he is more than willing to spend a few safer days here, and that is after all, what Arizona is trying to do, make it safer here. Calderone is
    all alone on this one.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  105. Pamela holt

    Foley, al. As a peon, I have a question; is it appropriate for the president and some members of congress , to clap for a president of another country, who speaks out against one of their states? Also a state who citizens pay their wages! I say stop paying their wages! Ian"t this a form of treason?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  106. Kevin, Kent Washington

    Calderon can say what he pleases but I agree that an aapplauding senate is disgusting when the real problem sits on thier laps. The federal government won't do anything because Big Agri-Business has become to big to fail. Americans used to do THE work when it was performed by small- farm owners before being taken over by big business where they reap profits from low wage migrant workers.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  107. Jerry Brown

    The more the citiznes around the Nation come to realize the influence the racist chicano La Raza crowd already have on politics in the West the more terrified they will become. The openly racist Democratic Mayor of LA publicly refers to citizens as THEY and the Illegal Alien Colonists as WE. Better wake up America!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  108. American Might

    jack we need to keep the laws we have and inforce them....NO IMMIGRATION REFORM , mexico has NO right to tell us what to do and we dont need their amnesty

    May 20, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  109. Steve DelCastillo

    Mr. Cafferty,
    Does the U.S. have the right to complain when Americans are arrested for being Americans or on baseless charges in countries such as North Korea and Iran? Or should the U.S. just remain quiet when human rights are violated? The issue is human rights-the right to drive your car, walk the streets, shop at the grocery store–without fear that you will be cornered, harangued, and/or arrested because of the way you look. Should the U.S. forego its right to assert for human rights for its citizens? The president of Mexico has the right to assert for human rights for Mexicans that are in this country. After all he was educated in the U.S. and learned about the American perspective on human rights.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  110. Pat Boggess

    I live in Arizona and am proud to. You were spot on Cafferty and the Mexican president shouldn't be complaining about our immigration laws. Its not right that our police must enforce immigration laws but we have to make a stand somewhere. Our elected officials in Washington have let this country down on immigration. Maybe we should offer them a bribe to get the ball rolling. As far as being afraid of the Mexican vote; oh waaah. I am watching my state reps and they had better face and do something to solve this immigration issue or my vote will be used to remove them from office.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  111. Bill - Upper NYS

    If Mexican authorities stopped want-to-be illegals on THEIR side of the border, would it be racial profiling?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  112. Elaine Harrington

    To those whining about Arizona's attempt to protect its people from those who obviously believe they are unconditionally entitled make a mockery of our legal system and our right as a sovereign nation to determine who enters our country, what part of "illegal" alien do you not understand ?
    No one has the right to pick and choose which of our laws they will obey, including President Calderon.
    Those who walk across our border undocumented know full well they are breaking the law, and they should expect consequences if they are caught. If the tables were turned and I walked across the border into Mexico, I am quite sure that President Calderon would not ask citizens of his country to pay higher taxes so I can have free medical care, food stamps, and teach my children Spanish in school while I as their parent refuse to assimilate or pay taxes.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  113. tim

    All we need to do. Is enforce the laws already on the books. If we would we wouldn't have the trouble we have now. It is illegal to be here and are supposed to send them back. So lets just do what we know is right and enforce the laws we have.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  114. Lisa - Pell City, Alabama

    Although I do not agree with President Caulderons stance against The Arizona immigration law, I think that he is free to speak his mind.In terms of a response to President Caulderones statement, I think President Obama should in turn, stand with Arizona even if he has differences of opinion because He is our President and it is about time the U.S. Stands up for themselves. UNITED WE STAND,DIVIDED WE FALL

    May 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  115. RickFromDetroit

    The Constitution says we are guarantied our freedom of speech unless you are a Mexican. Only dictators criticize people for speaking their minds. Whether we agree with what the Mexican President says shouldn't be an issue.

    With a large unknown number of Americans living in Mexico, we need to take a closer look at the number of immigrants on both sides of the border and review the laws of both Countries.

    We may be jumping to conclusions about immigration that we may pay for at a later date.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  116. Jerry aka spy

    It is absolutely appalling to see obama kiss up to calderon. He needs to tell calderon to clean up his own act before he dares tell us what to do. As the old saying goes: clean up your own backyard before telling others to clean up theirs. It seems as if the only thing that those who oppose the Arizona law can come up with to prove it is wrong is to keep screaming that the law is racist. This law has specific language that makes it forbidden to consider race as a means of enforcement. And to those posters who claim that this law is aimed at hispanics only, that is not true. Are the majority of our illegal aliens in Arizona hispanic – YES. Therefore, the majority affected by this law will naturally be hispanic. That fact does not make this law racist.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  117. OA, Miami FL

    Anybody complaining about what Arizona is doing need to be locked up for Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Conspiracy to Traffic Drugs and Treason to this Country. Simple as that!!
    I live in Miami and the only reason I have a job is because the company that hired me is in North Carolina. Cubans only hire Cubans regardless of skill or anything else. They are Racial Profiling and they can not be trusted. PLEASE DON'T LET ARIZONA BECOME LIKE MIAMI.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  118. pedro santiago

    jack I agree with you about other country president, coming here and trying to tell us how enforce our law, but you was wrong about two thing, first obama didn't cause this problem, he just ignore this issue, and we do get in other country business.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  119. linda


    NO!!! He has no business speaking out in our country at all. If we sent all our jobs to Mexico, why not send all illegal Mexicans back to Mexico to do those jobs?

    It's easy for them to critisize.

    Both of them have jobs and health insurance.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  120. Donna

    I can't help but wonder if the Mexicans and other illegals would flock here by the millions if 1) America did not give out free money (wic, section 8, welfare, etc.), 2) they could have babies and Americans have to pay for them and then they become American citizens, 3) they had to pay to go to school, 4) they had to pay to learn the language of the land instead of having tax payers pay to teach them English is American schools at the cost of the tax payers. If we changed all of this, I think it would put a cap on the influx of illegals!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  121. Pamela Hinojosa

    yes mexico has the right! they see something wrong with the arizona law and me being an mexican- american/ hispanic...i think its a great thing; that he's sticking up for what he believes is wrong with america. listening to his speech he was being very respectful!! it seems like instead of america moving forward we're falling centuries backward. imagine being a hispanic person and getting pulled over every five minutes while driving down the road just to see if your legal. the new law is puro racial profiling. and im soo against it and cafferty's views! he's very ignorant!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  122. carol duncan

    It is my opinion that Mexico's government has NO right to complain about our immigration laws. First of all, ask them if they would like our citizens to migrate to Mexico. I have been to Cancuan several times and it is my understanding that you can not own land unless you are a citizen of Mexico. The federal government needs to build a fence similar to what a prison uses, complete with razor wire to keep them out. I do feel sorry for the crime at the boder states, but Mexico's government needs to crack down on this problem with severe punishment for those involved. The problem there is the government is on the take. Also, as for the citizens of Mexico that are streaming into the US and say the southwest is theirs, I believe we had a war that awarded us this land. It would be like England saying they want the colonies back. HOW ABSURD!! The US needs to enforce our laws and good for AZ for doing so.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  123. Eva P.

    THANK YOU for your comment supporting this immigration law. I have lived in AZ for 19 years and no one has taken a stand to this issue. We support the illegals in all ways; healthcare, food stamps, education, etc. etc. Our hard-earned tax money goes to those services that they do not deserve. Why can't anyone encourage them to BECOME LEGAL if they want to stay here? Otherwise, they should go back where they come from. That behavior would not be tolerated in Mexico if the situation were reversed. And those protests and boycotts? How dare they!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  124. Deborah

    Hi Jack,
    No Mexico's President has no right to complain about Arizona's law. He needs to go home & work on his own problems. He should take all of his illegal aliens w/him. I'm so tired of hearing the racist rants. This isn't racial, it's law. I understand several other states are adopting sinilar law or considering it. Failure to address the illigal immigrant problem is one of the reasons that inspired the anti-incumbent sentiment currently showing up @ the polls.
    Take care,

    May 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  125. lhlaurel,Pharr, Texas

    No Mexico has no right to meddle in ours or Arizona's internal affairs. Jack I wish that you would stop categorizing all Hispanics as being against the Az. law, ,I'm hispanic an I'm for the Az law

    May 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  126. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Until we bury the skeletons in our closet Mexico will continue to complain about our immigration laws.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  127. Dovi

    You mean the President of that land where you're GUILTY until proven innocent? The same country where cops can search, and detain at any time , for any reason? -The same place where police routinely shake down tourists for bribes? If that's the guy, then he's got nerve showing his face here. -And our heads need checking for humoring him. Read my lips Felipe: NO AMNESTY. Thank heavens for Jack. Our President has A.D.D., and our reps don't listen. -Cafferty in 2012!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  128. Carlos Beltran

    Although the law is discriminatory in nature, Calderon is making a circus show out of the whole thing, he wants to get Mexicans riled up against other governments instead of looking at the failure of his government. Calderon wants Mexicans to forget that he promised jobs for Mexicans (in Mexico not USA), Calderon wants us to forget that he was supposed to lower taxes (not increase them 16%), Calderon wants us to compare to country to Brazil, yet does not implement the same economic policies of Brazil, maybe then our countrymen wouldn't need to flee to the United States, not to mention to forget the drug war that has killed 25,000 people. We don't forget Mr. Calderon, stop clowning around and resign!

    Carlos Beltran
    Mexico City

    May 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  129. Cyrus

    This country doesn't meddle in Mexico's internal affairs? Really? The U.S. government doesn't put pressure on Mexico to try to stop the production and flow of illegal drugs – the same illegal drugs that feed the U.S. demand?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  130. Dan

    Jack, lets try to not slam the only Mexican president who has actually confronted the drug war head on. He is a friend of the American people and his track record shows it. For him to sit back and not confront this law would be absolutely shocking for many. Its a given that if there were over 10 million Americans being targeted in any given country, the U.S. would have something to say about it. Why should he keep his mouth shut about a law in a state, whose lax gun laws have fuled Mexico's drug war.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  131. Dennis North carolina

    Freedom of speech is the rule of the land.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  132. Agnes

    No, he doesn't. I am an immigrant too and I am grateful that this country has accepted me as one of its citizens. Just because Mexico provides the U.S. with the largest number of illigal imigrants, doesn't mean they are entitled to stay here. Not only they are braking the law, now the American people are supposed to feel guilty about enforcing its laws? This is totally upside down!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  133. Sam Lawson

    I was unsure about what "change" Obama would bring to America but I don't think I like it much. Today was shameful for all involved.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  134. Robert

    I live in Arizona. Let me dispel a few myths. I mow my own lawn, I watch my own kids, I wash my own car and I work for a living. For all those who want to say the illegals are here to do work I won't, you are misguided. Give me a living wage and there are no jobs I wouldn't do. I believe most Americans feel that way. Unfortunately, I live in a country that refuses to enforce our laws. You can figure out for yourselves why that may be. Calderon is a hypocrite and so are all those people standing to applaud him. Who do they represent? I can tell you it isn't 70% of the American people who support our law in Arizona.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  135. Michael Sutherlin

    Second immigration point. Does Calderon plan on treating Citizens of the United States who work in Mexico as his citizens are treated? As you said in your comments he sould spend his time taking care of his country. I know the money sent back to Mexico by Illegal immigrants would impact the Mexican economy more than he will ever admit to.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  136. russell warren smith

    i am a fifth generartion natural born american citizen and my great grandfather grand fater father myself and at present my son have or are now serving there contry poudly in harms way. i suspect that those who complain about the new arazona immigration law are for the most part probably illegals them selfs. the bottom line is the should shut there piehole,and go back to where the belong. I dont want them here and nither does any true american who isent profiting from them being here does either.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  137. Pascual from Amherst

    Jack, we have intervened in Mexico's politics again and again; like when we took a chunk of their northern territory in 1848, or invaded them repeatedly during the Mexican Revolution. Ooooh, and then there's the requirements put on them for NAFTA, or the electoral observers. As usual lately, you make the most of the minimal role that has been granted to you on CNN to pander to racism and paranoia. "Disgusting! Just disgusting!"

    May 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  138. Joe

    Jack – as soon as they catch 1-person with a muslim- sounding name... they wil close the border! In the mean time – the Talibans are trying to work with the Mexicans.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  139. American Might

    Obama and Calderon want to push for amnesty because he knows he has no chance at a second term and with the mexican vote he can get his second term. then with four more years he will cram down our necks the N.A.U. ( NORTH AMERICAN UNION ) and open the borders. Then La Raza and the rest of the mexican immigrants will have a majority vote.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  140. RickFromDetroit

    Any one know what the trade deficit with Mexico is?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  141. Charles, Texas

    Calderon can take his donkey show right back across the border, if we still have one. But what gets my attention is that there seem to be no more Mexicans at all, at least not in our hemisphere. The expatriates of this once proud country that flood across our border now call themselves latinos, hispanics, chicanos . . . anything but Mexicans. I can't think of another country on earth whose inhabitants seem so ashamed to admit where they're from. And for the life of me, I can't remember when Mexico has ever come to the aid of this country. Whose side was Mexico on while our troops were fighting in Europe, the Pacific, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan? What support will come from Mexico if we finally have to disarm Iran?

    May 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  142. Bobbie Beason

    This is the most common sense I`vw heard concerning this whole issue. We don`t have a democracy anymore as far as I`m concerned when 66% of the people want the law and our lawmakers tell us how it is going to be.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  143. Gene

    No, absolutely not, President Felipe Calderon, and his country Mexico, and people from his country, who are here illegally, have no right to complain, about any of America's, or our states laws. And furthermore, it's about time our American President, Barack Obama, stood up for America, and the American's, instead of Cow Towwing, to what some foreign President, wants our country's law's to be.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  144. Sharon

    Absolutely not. How dare he question our laws (federal and state) regarding our country. I believe he comes from an attitude that laws are negotiable, flimsy and to be broken.....as in his country.
    He's thinking of not betting the over one billion dollars his Mexican citizens send home from USA, that provides a huge resource to his country. Perhaps he could think about getting his house (country)in order and quit pointing the finger at the USA.
    What part of illegal does he not get....does the country of Mexico not get, that Mexican illegals don't get.
    What pathetic officials we have that have not even read the bill but dismiss it as illegal, wrong and racially provoked.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |

    The number of illegal aliens in this country just happends to match our jobless rate ? also the money sent to mexico by illegal workers amounts to $12 billion each year far more than their GNP by $3 billion? plus the $8 billion GNP! Mexico has to be weened from the USA teet, and have become to dependant on us. Like they say the more you do for some one the less they do for them selfs! As to the amount of illegal aliens in this country, how many does it take at $8 dollars per hour does it take to add up to $8 billion dollars per year? If their is 1 illegal alien their is more than 100 million here just based on the money numbers!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  146. Al Urbanec

    I am in TOTAL agreement with you! The Feds have an immagration law on the books that they choose NOT to inforce.
    My Great Grandparents immagrated from Europe many moons ago, BUT they came here via Ellis Island, the proper way. Yes this country is the "land of opportunity" and I welcome those who come and do this properly.
    ALL illegials should be sent back to the country of their origin!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  147. Ron

    Your State going broke maybe your spending to much on Illegals. The cost to the Medical industry ; Doctors , Hospitals and Pharma. Then the cost to the school system. Then the cost to the Prison system. Maybe we should be sending a bill to Calderon for the care of his people that he can not and / or will not take care of himself.
    Illegals cause higher unemployment and cheaper wages for our own people. Illegals use Social Security Numbers that belong to someone else also and this causes many problems. Illegal is just that ILLEGAL as soon as they cross the border it becomes one crime after another.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  148. Ray White

    Mexico can complain all it wants, but we need not heed this particular complaint. The U.S. is already overpopulated (as is Mexico), and, as a consequence, we are damaging our environment. We and Mexico should both reduce our populations. Let's shut our borders to illegals, send those back who are already here, seek rational ways to control population and environmental damage on both sides, and work for mutural prosperity, quality of life, and respect for law.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  149. Eunice

    You tell them Jack. I agree with you hold heartedly., and Michele Obama should have told that little girl that the US has laws which its US CITIZENS have to obey. In other words so does anyone else in this country. Obama is a JOKE and a JERK.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  150. American Might

    Obama has become a dictator if 60-70% of Americans want this law and want it inforced and he wont. This is no longer the democracy we grew up in.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  151. Luisa

    Jack, I am appalled by your attitude. Yes, everyone has the right to stand up against the racism and ignorance that has brought on this law in Arizona. Just the fact that you categorized all Latinos as Mexicans “invading” this country shows that. Not all Latinos are Mexicans. Not all Latinos are illegal immigrants. Most illegal immigrants don’t come here with bad intent. And Jack, how nearsighted can you be to actually say that “this country doesn't meddle in Mexico's internal affairs?” Mexicans I know, including award winning journalists, see that American involvement creates many issues in Mexico. In fact, if we are honest we can see that the drug problems in Colombia and now Mexico are caused by American demand. If that demand were gone then there would be no violence in our border with Mexico. And you said “our border security is quite frankly none of your business.” REALLY? Jack they share the border. It is their business like it or not; even if they don’t happen to be as white as you would like them to be.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  152. danny

    no no no t he guy cant run his country what give him him the right to come here and tell us how to run ours .

    May 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  153. Rick Fortner Sr.

    Jack you hit the nail on the head on immigration. Right on. I and many more Americans feel as you do. Continue to express how the working man loves this country and like you said, Mexico keep you darn thoughts to your self, don't try to tell us how to run this country when you and the other Mexican leaders of Mexico have failed to lead and direct your own country.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  154. Leslie Ann

    I think that Mexico should make it so that their people would want to stay in Mexico and not criticize Arizona for trying to protect our American citizens..The people of Mexico come in search of the American Dream.. a better way of life. I have been to Mexico and it is so sad the way many have to live.

    RE TYPED~~

    May 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  155. Twobears

    Did we have a right to take California away from the Mexicans and the Native Americans who had lived there for centuries ??? I don't believe so, America is truly a great Nation but we have got to stop playing the biggest bully on the block and realize that not everything belongs to the Bully, we share this planet with some amazing people, we need to recognize that and stop lumping them all into one catagory, Illegal !!! we can be fairly Illegal ourselves !!!

    Peacefully writing and fishing in the great North Woods of New England

    May 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  156. Tom Mitchell

    Jake I agree with you 100% and think this is one of your better reports, I wish some more of the news media had the back bone to do the same and to be in the politicians pockets

    May 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  157. jerseylou

    Maybe mexico still thinks it owns Arizona,why are you asking me in the 1st place ask the President.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  158. maria, california

    I've travelled all over the world and always had to have my passport even to check in to a hotel. The only ones who are complaining are the people illegally here.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  159. Arlie

    Absolutely! Mexico have as much the right to complain about an American domestic law as the American have the right to big mouthing China and other nations' internal affair!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  160. Tracy in Rosenberg, TX

    Until the Mexican government can contain the violence that is curently taking place within its borders. Although, I am in complete agreement with Arizona for finally acting on its own. I do hope however that simply because there are a few Garcias here that have been here for generations they are not thrown in the same category as the Lopez that recently crossed the border and gave birth to an anchor child.
    Those kids should be given the same migratory status as their parents regardless of which country they came from and promptly processed out of the country.
    On that same note, any naturalized or natural citizen that has chosen to contribute to Islam and all their activities in my book have pretty much renounced their right to their citizenship. I think it is a slap in the face to every sailor, marine, soldier and airman that had paid the ultimate price.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  161. RichP, easton, pa

    Sure he can complain, anyone can complain, I bet the drug cartels complained quite a bit too. Still curious what happened to the 30,000 plus M16's we gave to the Mexican army and the 30,000 plus deserters took with them....

    May 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm |