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June 3rd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What should Pres. Obama say about Arizona immigration law?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A fascinating day to be a fly on the wall at the White House... where Pres. Obama met with Arizona's governor for the first time since the state passed a controversial immigration law.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer outside the White House after meeting with President Obama.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer outside the White House after meeting with President Obama.

The law goes into effect next month and will require police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop for another crime.

Governor Jan Brewer says she and the president agreed to try and work together on a solution to the immigration crisis. She also says that during that half-hour meeting in the oval office, the president promised most of the 1,200 national guard troops he's sending to the Mexican border will go to Arizona.

But we'll have to wait to see how all this shakes out. The president has called the Arizona law "misguided." Mr. Obama says it's the wrong approach to illegal immigration. However, "no approach" to illegal immigration is what we've gotten from the federal government for decades.

As for Governor Brewer - she doesn't seem to be too worried. The governor has said of the Obama administration, "we'll meet you in court. I have a pretty good record of winning in court."

And the American people are behind her, despite boycotts of Arizona and complaints from folks like the ACLU. Polls show a majority of Americans support Arizona's new law; and at least a dozen states are considering similar laws. But why would our federal government listen to us?

At least Arizona is doing something about this crisis. There are an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in this country; and almost 500,000 of them are in Arizona.

Here’s my question to you: What would you like to hear Pres. Obama say about Arizona's immigration law?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona writes:
The focus of the discussion seems to be on whether or not states can enforce federal laws. Obama doesn't seem to think so. Yet there are innumerable instances of states doing exactly that with the blessing of the federal government. Take bank robbery for example - it's a federal crime yet the feds welcome local and state police helping them apprehend bank robbers. So, since illegal immigration is a federal offense, what's the problem with states enforcing that too? Fact is, it's politics and I'd love to hear Obama acknowledge that simple fact.

Gail in Plano, Texas writes:
Funny isn't it, Jack, that Arizona did not address the immigration matter when their party held the White House! Now they are playing tough. Why? Because they are racist. They dislike the president because of his race. And they despise the illegal immigrants who are Mexican.

Sandra writes:
I would like him first to apologize to every police officer in Arizona for thinking they are not capable of doing their jobs without discrimination! Then I would LOVE for him to tell Mexico to go to hell and take your people back.

T.J. writes:
It's about time! When are California, New Mexico and Texas going to jump into the game?

Kim in Texas writes:
"I'm sorry that I haven't done enough, but I intend to change that." Then list the steps: Secure the border. Remove all of those that are here illegally and let them start fresh from their home country.

R. writes:
I would like to hear the president say that states have the right to enforce the immigration laws already on the books. This will cost him the next election if he doesn't. Republicans are lining up to make immigration the top issue this time around. Someone needs to start listening to what the legal citizens of the U.S. want. If you are here illegally, you don't have a say.

Don in Michigan writes:
He should say: Job well done!


Filed under: Immigration • President Barack Obama
soundoff (210 Responses)
  1. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Let's be honest---what is he going to tell her if his administration is doing absolutely nothing about the immigration issue! Building a fence around the border is absolutely "insane" for controlling the illegal immigration problem. It is not a problem anymore--but rather a pandemic flow--and out of control.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  2. Greg in PA

    I would like him to keep his trap shut! Arizona has the guts to do what the federal governement should have done 20 years ago. You want to be here, well then legally be here or go home!

    June 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  3. Loren, Chicago

    I'd like to hear him apologize to the Governor for attempting to turn the issue into one of race rather than one of crime. I'd like to see him tell the Governor that the Federal Government will make it a priority to protect the citizens of Arizona from the illegal activities of those who illegally cross the border. I'd also like to hear him admit that he had no idea how much of a burden on the State of Arizona the failure to secure the border had placed on the citizens of Arizona.

    I'd also like to see pigs fly, but that'll never happen either.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  4. steve in florida

    That it does more harm than good in every conceivable way. The crime rate on the AZ border is the lowest in 40 years. It will destroy her state's economy. The local AZ police are against it completely, other than Deputy Dawg Arpaio and his mob. A CBP report came out that showed that 3% of border agents are victims of assault compared with a 11% average of national police, so maybe she should build her ham-fisted fence in Detroit. It's very tea-baggy to be able to just say I've had enough and I'm against bad stuff. It's another to think he solution through rationally rather than just fire and aim.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  5. Bergman

    that not is racist, that she respet the human rigtts

    June 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  6. adem, oakland califiornia

    Simply, it's illegal. Any immigration issue falls under jurisdiction of federal government.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  7. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    Recite to Arizona the United States Constitution! That will show them!

    June 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  8. Michelle Scheatzle

    I would like to hear him say that he supports the legislation 100%. Just like the other 85% of Mr. Obama's constituents!!!!!! WAKE UP people "illegal means ILLEGAL"

    June 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  9. Chryssa

    Arizona needs to knock it off. They had no problem allowing illegal immigrants when they needed cheap labor and benefited from their tax revenue and profited from selling them cell phones, cable TV, cars, homes, and other goods. Changing the game at this point isn't fair, especially when you're changing it based on skin color or language.

    Boise, ID

    June 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  10. Sue

    Obama should think that this is the best thing that could happen. Send them back home the minute we know they are here illegally. We cannot even feed our own people. Of course Felipe Calderon is against it!!!!!!! He would love to get a lot of these people out of HIS country. Some of them are criminals and we find out after they have killed someone. We have our own criminals-we do not need any more!!!

    Sue

    June 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  11. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    He should say that a nation has the right to SECURE border.....
    David

    June 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  12. Melissa

    It needs to go to the Supreme Court. President Obama can't do a thing about it because he's effectively neutered by a useless Congress and any executive order would be construed as him being a totalitarian.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  13. Debbie

    I'd love Obama to tell Ms. Brewer that she was absolutely correct to pass this law, he would apologize for pandering to illegals and not enforcing our immigration laws and allowing 12 milion illegals to continually break so many laws. He would tell her he is going to mandate that each state enact her law and demand that ICE vigorously enforce ALL immigration laws, continue workplace raids, jail business owners and CEO's who employ illegals and deport all illegal aliens in this country.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  14. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    He should tell her that physicians offer a good philosophy, if you can't help, at least don't make things worse.

    Arizona asked top economists what would be the result if undocumented workers left the state. The answer was a loss of over 26 billion dollars. What state can afford that these days?

    June 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  15. Pam, NYC

    I would love to hear him say that the federal government will follow Arizona's lead and enforce the immigration laws on the books. Time to get serious about illegals in this country; enough is enough already. But, as my mother used to say, I won't stand on one foot waiting.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  16. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    Illegal immigrants come here for jobs. If their employers were put in jail for hiring them, they would stop coming. President Obama should say that he's working towards this end. After that, he should warn the people of Arizona that they will have to start mowing their own yards and picking their own vegetables.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  17. Olga O. Pina

    June 3rd, 2010 3:34 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I want President Obama to tell her the following:

    "This country needs for you to read Emma Lazarus' poem etched on the Statue of Liberty. We are a country of immigrants. No one is an original except Native Americans and the descendants of the Aztec people...Mexicans.

    We need to work together for a national policy of immigrant reform. I encourage you to call on all Republicans to refrain from saying "No" to immigration reform and join us to come up with a just solution to this monumental reform effort. Be a standard bearer for them and exercise your ideas to be part this reform by asking them to join you in a genuine effort at resolving this issue we all care about.

    Austin, Texas

    June 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  18. Meredith Johnson

    President Obama should say that he welcomes the help from Arizona and other states to help enforce our current immigration laws. Additionally he should tell Governor Brewer that he will make E-Verify mandatory so that all employers will check whether their employees are legal.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  19. Don (Belleville, Ontario)

    He should say: "The US government will immediately begin full enforcement of the existing federal immigration laws, including those portions dealing with employers of illegal immigrants. We urge the State of Arizona to defer enforcement of its recently passed immigration bill for a period of 12 months, because at the end of that period, I as your President assure you that you will be satisfied that your federal government has solved the immense problem of illegal immigration into America."

    June 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  20. Kevin of SD CA

    He needs to tell both the Republicans and the Democrats to start checking citizenship at the federal line, state lines, County, City lines, School application lines, Welfare lines, corporate welfare lines, and any other government entitlement lines before anyone tries to force small businesses to check citizenship.
    He needs to say that the USA/Mexican border needs to be militarized with as many soldiers as it takes to stand shoulder to shoulder all the way along the border from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico!
    If that doesn't work the he needs to say I am going to import 10-14 million Chinese to build a Chinese wall with housing retail and military garrison from the Pacific Coast to the Gulf of Mexico in a joint project to help pay China back the debt we owe them!
    He needs to tell the illegal Mexicans that they are not getting amnesty and that they don’t have an exclusive right to be here illegally! let's start importing as many other races to balance out having to hear about only Mexicans everyday!

    June 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  21. Johnny C (Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    I would really like to hear the president say ... "The people of Arizona have an issue with merit. Arizona should not be seen as a "racial profiling" state, rather, they should be viewed as "patriotic Americans" who have found the correct communication vehicle to bring this concerning Federal issue to the forefront of problems that my administration will address".

    That is what a good president would say. It would inspire his constituency to realize that the president recognizes a concern that the federal government has been avoiding at all cost. If he were a good president, he would take his head out of the sand and not hide from an Arizona Law that mimics a failed Government law without an action plan that needs mitigation.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  22. al in Delaware

    I would like for him to state that he believes the law is unconstituional and violates the 1964 Civil Rights law and the 14th Amendment. Further, I want the Justice Dept. to ask the Federal Court in Arizona to issue an injunction prohibiting this wretched travesty of a law from going into affect until it has ruled on it's constitutionality.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  23. Mike

    The he 'acted stupidly' in criticizing what is obviously a fine law that should be copied in all 57 states.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  24. Joe R - Houston

    President Obama should simply say, "Thank you."

    June 3, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  25. Ben from Boston

    First he should say that he has read the law. Second he should say that the law is unnecessary because the Federal Government will secure the borders as the first step in immigration reform. Third, he should say that until the borders are secured he will come down hard on any racial profiling but otherwise will let Arizona alone.

    June 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  26. William Joseph Miller

    President Obama has already spoken about Arizona's immigration law. I support that position.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  27. William

    Pres. Obama will tell the Gov. do what you have to do
    and I ll do what I have to do.
    End of meeting.

    William

    Costa rica

    June 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  28. Fred Wink

    That he understands the frustration of the people of Arizona and the majority of Americans. That he recognizes one of the real jobs of government is to secur our borders. That he is going to take steps to finish the fence, increase the number of border officers, send additional national guard that will actually guard the nations borders until the border patrol is adequately staffed, that he will advise all who work for him that they are to diligently apply the laws on the books regarding immigration, that illegal means illegal not undocumented and those who come illegally are not welcome and will be sent home and all who hire illegals will be prosecuted to the fullist extent of the laws currently on the books and that amnesty will never be given to those who have openly flaunted the laws, etc, etc None of which he is very likely to say and act on.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  29. Dennis north Carolina

    I would like him to say that he will enforce the federal laws on the books and in which he said he would enforce when he took the oath of office of president. I would like to see my country and my heirs future than give the country away to people of another country. if they want the American dream than earn it legally and proper as other people do.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  30. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    That it shows that comprehensive immigration reform is necessary this year.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  31. Kyle- DuPont, WA

    Jack, I'll you what President Obama "should" say. He should say thank you for enacting a state law that reenforces federal regulations. He "should" say thank you for having the moral fortitude to stand up to the liberals who scream "racist" or "profiler" whenever they feel threatened by a conservative who has done their homework.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  32. Carl

    Jack,

    First I would liked an apology for not enforcing our illegal immigration laws. Then to hear that what Arizona has done is a major step in the right direction. Also his plans to stop illegall immigration, how he's going to beef up security along our border with Mexico with thousands of more troops with orders to shoot to kill. Then to hear president Obama say that if all else fails, we will simply adopt and enforce Mexico's illegal immigration policy, thus ending our illegal immigration problem. If we stop laying out the Red Carpet and giving everything to these illegal aliens then they will stop coming in illegally. Enough is enough and fed up in Illinois. I also feel that Mexico and it's president, Caulderon are a bunch of major hypocrits. The Gaul of this man to come to the United States and condemn our illegal immigriation laws is just unbelievable, and to hear Obama and Pelosi appaulding, just made me sick. It just goes to show what they will do for a vote, even if it is from an illegal alien, even though illegals shouldn't be allowed to vote, some how they do though, it makes you wonder just how the illegal can vote?

    June 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  33. Ralph-Corpus Christi, Texas

    Es una ley buena! In other words, that's a good law!

    June 3, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  34. paul

    How can Obama have the audacity to look this woman in the eye knowing he has been such a hypocrite and liar regarding the Arizona immigration law which is not nearly as strict as his own federal law?

    June 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  35. TJ McKay

    It is about time!

    June 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  36. John from Alabama

    Jack: It is not what President Obama might say that matters. It is what the United States Supreme Court will say that really does matter. Arizona will be told if the law is legal or not by the District Federal Court, and then only by the Supreme Court if it wants to review the ASrizona Law.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  37. TJ McKay

    It's about time!
    When is California, New Mexico and Texas going to jump into the game.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  38. Mark Morphet

    I'd like to hear him mention that it follows unenforced federal regulations word for word in many areas. And while he's at it, I'd like to hear him say that he'd like to see some justice for Ramos and Compean.

    Mark M.
    Newmarket, NH

    June 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  39. Pete from Georgia

    Talk about a loaded question. This is like asking Rosie O'Donnell her opinion of Sarah Palin.
    Come on Jack...................................please.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  40. Bruce Bend OR

    What should he say? How about "Godspeed" we're behind you 100%!

    June 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  41. Tom from in NY

    I would like to here President Obama Apologize to Governor Brewer For the Federal Government’s inability to properly secure our borders, and thank her for having the courage to enact the necessary legislation to allow the State of Arizona to control its own border and protects its citizens. He should also pledge his support of the Arizona law until the Federal Government is able to do its job and protect all of our borders so individual states do not have to.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  42. Mark, Oklahoma City

    I would like to hear the President admit that the federal government for decades has neglected our southern border allowing millions of "illegal" persons to invade our country, and that Arizona is simply doing what the Feds are too lazy or too stupid to do. That's what I would like to hear him say, but I am sure not going to hold my breath.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  43. Leslie

    I think he should say while we are bringing our troops home from these unnecessary wars we will deploy them along the borders. No wait he can't say that because it would piss off the Canadian and Mexican governments not to mention the drug lords. Then he should say I agree with you, so you should enforce this state law because its the same as the federal law. No wait he can't say that either because it would piss off millions of illegal immigrants and the employers who hire them as slave labor. He will most likely say lets just agree to disagree and go out for the photo op. Yeah he will say that.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  44. Sandra Schutt

    I would like him first to apologize to every police officer in Arizona for thinking they are not capable of doing their jobs without discrimination! Then I would LOVE for him to tell Mexico to go to hell and take your people back.....WE WILL ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAWS....Yeah I'm dreaming...this guy is breaking more laws than Bush!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  45. FormerDemNowIndy

    Obama should tell us that the federal government has unfortunately failed at protecting our borders, and because of that, Arizona felt it had no choice.

    He should tell us that he recognizes the enormous popularity of this law, and that it does nothing more than promise to uphold what federal law already states.

    Mr. Obama should make sure LEGAL citizens are protected and have the first dibs at jobs, and that ILLEGAL activity is abolished.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  46. SCOTT ALLEN ROSE---PANAMA CITY,FL

    Jack, who cares what Obama says about anything. Any room he walks into, he is the least qualified person there. His incompitance is matched only by his sociapathic arrorance. I only hope that this recent job bribery scandle is the end of him and his socialist / communist agenda. Impeach Obama now before we in the United States turn into Greece.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  47. Maria

    I'd like him to say that DOJ and Immigration are reviewing the Ariz. laws for legality, duplication of existing federal laws, and whether the feds are going to challenge any of the laws for constitutionality. States' rights do not supercede federal law if states' laws are unconstitutional.

    We do not need rogue states making up laws as they go along.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    June 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  48. Missy M.

    I'd like for him to say he has read it and point out specifically what he feels is misguided. No more lies or name-calling. Just tell us clearly why the Arizona law is so offensive while federal law is not.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  49. Pete from Georgia

    Well since Obama hasn't a clue about the real world of running a State, the day to day HORROR of illegal immigration problems, he will always condemn what is logical, truthful, and what works. He lives in a textbook world of platitudes and political idealism....................totally detached from reality. What he would say would be from one of many campaign speechs.
    Sad but true.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  50. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    THANK YOU Governor Brewer for personally delivering the Hispanic-American vote to my Democratic Party for the rest of the 21st Century.

    and good luck keeping that 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star game "thingy".

    June 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  51. SCOTT ALLEN ROSE---PANAMA CITY,FL

    Jack, The democrate party only wants the hispanic vote so they can stay in power at any cost, the democrats will literaly do anything including destoying the nation so that they can spread their socialist / communist agenda. The democrats hate the mexicans and other hispanics as much as anybody, nobody likes illegals. Who cares what Obama says about anything. Any room he walks into, he is the least qualified person there. His incompitance is matched only by his sociapathic arrorance. I only hope that this recent job bribery scandle is the end of him and his socialist / communist agenda. Impeach Obama now before we in the United States turn into Greece.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  52. DON, TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN

    He should say... Job well done!

    June 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  53. jimmy in greenville, nc

    I would first like Obama to say that he had actually read it.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  54. Thom Richer

    "Do what you must to protect your state's "citizens" and all of America's "legal" citizenry whether natural-born or naturalized. It is the duty of America's governments, Federal, State and Local to do so."

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  55. Mark Northern PA

    While I think he has said everything he needs to say at this point, and I agree with him that the law is ill advised and probably unconstitutional, and definitley will result in racial profiling. I am pleased he has taken the responsibility (even though its more his predesessor's failure to act) and said that the federal govenment hasn't acted quickly enough to resolve the border and illegal immigration issue and he wants to get comprehensive immigration reform done ASAP. He also should point out the reality that the Arizona law doesn't adress the imigration issue, and that in reality the border is much more secure and the crime rate in Arizona is considerably down from what it was three years ago. People are being fed a line of bull that the violence is out of control and the border is wide open when that is very clearly not the case, but propaganda being used for political gain by the right wing radicals including the Governor of Arizona.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  56. Richard Texas

    I don't really care what Obama tells Jan Brewer he has not a clue how do deal with this complex problem and instead chooses to ignore it. The simplest explanation for what Arizona is doing about illegal immigration can be explained quite easily.

    Lets say you buy a ticket to a major sporting event, Disneyland or an airline ticket. When you get to your seat someone else is sitting in it. Now you paid your money but they just crashed the gate and took your seat.

    In America we have millions of gate crashers. We have been asking Obama to remove the gate crashers but he refuses to do it. Obama has failed us just like this predecessors before him. They are all still looking the other way while our seats are taken. They are afraid to ask to see their tickets. Many people will say there is unlimited seating, and weather there is or not, no one should be allowed in for free while the rest of us pay full price.

    I paid for my ticket in full and I have no problem showing it to who ever wants to see it. In fact I am even proud to do so when asked. Obama's argument is stupid. The law is the law and as a lawyer Obama should understand that even if he never practiced law and instead organized community events.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  57. Albert K. in Los Angeles, CA

    Jack, Obama should call it for what it is, "Republican razzle-dazzle" intended to divert white swing-voters anger about the recession which began in 2007, and vent it toward minorities. Then Obama should ask why they haven’t gone after the Big Fish and enact a Wall Street criminal profile of middle-aged white males who dress in suits, fly around in corporate jets, live in Arizona and vote for Republicans?

    June 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  58. honest john in vermont

    I'd like to hear that he well understands Arizona's citizens plight having to pass a law because of all the illegals crossing Arizona's border from Mexico. I would hope he would try to help them to stem the invasion, instead of allowing it to continue. If millions of illegal Canadians were invading my states border I would hope the President would also help us–not hurt us.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  59. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    "Good job Governor Brewer. You and the state legislature are to be commended. My administration will move rapidly to do our part and begin rigerous enforcement of the current federal laws on this important matter." Jack, your question was waht would I like to hear, right?

    June 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  60. Greg in Cabot, AR

    That he is going to enforce the immigration laws... ALL the immigration laws including the ones requiring employers to check for proper work authorization documents.

    Businesses that hire "private contractors" (wink...wink) for day labor at substandard wages are also a big part of the problem resulting in lost tax revenues and higher reportable unemployment rates.

    If there were less incentive for illegal immigration, there would be no need for more legislation but as long as a small businessman can get hard workers for less money and skip the burden of paying those pesky employer taxes, not much is going to get done.....

    It's an election year.....what do YOU expect???

    June 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  61. Matt from Glen Oaks, NY

    The Federal Government, Jack, is not listening to the American people, because the majority of Americans who back this law have simply no idea what it is like to be racially profiled. Let's put this into perspective – in the 1930's, Germany did something very similar when they made Jewish people wear armbands to indicate their heritage. And we all know how that wound up! Is the Arizona law that bad? I don't think so, but in today's modern society, where we should be moving forward, not backward, to solve problems, no matter what the circumstance, this law is wrong and misguided. And let's not forget either Jack, President Obama is a constitutional lawyer with a Ivy League education, and if we are supposed to follow the constitution, if anyone is too be trusted in this case, we should throw him that trust and not just any old poll taken in mid America.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  62. Ed from California

    I got your bacK!

    June 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  63. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    I would like President Obama say to Governor Brewer, Governor I'm proud that you stepped up to the plate and made a decision on how to handle our illegal immigrants and you did this knowing you would be persecuted for not playing by the rules of the "politically correct" club.
    I commend you for this trailblazing and refreshing way of thinking as it gets right to the heart of the problem without all the BS that is typical of todays feet dragging, vote getting politicians.
    I am the new President in town and I am going to give the American people what they want and so deserve because this Goverment is for the people and I'm going to be the President they have been waiting for, for a long time.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  64. Annie, Atlanta

    "Governor, I gotta tell ya, trying to cling to a world where whites rule supreme just makes you look like a foolish old white bigot. Indigenous people have always been here, always will. Figure out a way to deal with it and we’ll get along just fine. Or don’t. Your move.”

    June 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  65. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    That the Federal government will follow suit and in act the same laws. The federal government has screwed around long enough with this immigration mess, they should have secured the borders years ago and this problem wouldn't have grown to what it is today. There probably isn't a country in the world that has more lax immigration laws and rules then the United States. This is just another example of how lousy our elected officials have acted the past twenty years, they are the lousy do nothing officials that can only look after the lobbyist that continue to stuff their pockets with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Just no honor among thieves.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  66. Gary H. Boyd

    The focus of the discussion on Arizona's immigration law seems to be on whether or not states can enforce federal laws. Obama doesn't seem to think so. Yet there are innumerable instances of states doing exactly that with the blessing of the federal government. Take bank robbery for example - it's a federal crime yet the feds welcome local and state police helping them apprehend bank robbers. So, since illegal immigration is a federal offense, what's the problem with states enforcing that too. Fact is, it's politics and I'd love to hear Obama acknowledge that simple fact.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    June 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  67. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Jack, I'd really like to get ride of folks who sneak into this country and then are indignant when we ask them to leave. If someone crosses Mexico's southern border they throw them in jail. What's wrong with us asking for ID's? I had an indignant visitor smash into my car, then they got a free pass home. Me, I got a totalled car. Oh, I'm sorry "illegal" person did I upset your life? I know you upset mine with 60 easy(NOT) to pay car payments. As far as I'm concerned I don't owe you or your friends a damn thing. I applaud Arizona for doing something the FED's won't do. You do know Jack that when I travel in Europe I have to carry my passport. What the hell is wrong with the U.S. requiring the same thing.

    June 3, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  68. Allen L Wenger

    "I know this is a big boost for you politically, but you were elected to improve the lives of everyone living in Arizona."

    Mountain Home ID

    June 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  69. magyart

    Jack, This isn't correct, "The law goes into effect next month and will require police to check the immigration status of anyone they stop for another crime.

    If they arrest or detain a resident that fails to have a valid ID or is undocuented, the local police will report the detainee ti ICE, so their immigratio status can be checked.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  70. Ed from MD

    Wow Jan, you mean illegal alien isn't just some trendy new catch phrase? They actually are here against the law?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  71. JIM El Paso Tx

    Obama SHOULD say that Gov Brewer is absolutely RIGHT about signing the law since he can't an won't enforce the federal statues. You can bet he won't though! It tee's me off to think that every few months here in El Paso and across the country hundreds of immigrants...LEGAL immigrants go to the Courthouse an PROUDLY become American citizens. They learned english, our laws an what it means to be a citizen. Most have been waiting years for this day. Many are in our military uniforms, already sacrificing so these ILLEGALS can steal from the pie! Yeah...we need to let all the wetbacks jump to the front because they are here. How about sending them all. ...mama's, papa's an babies back to Calderon an let him GIVE them what he has!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  72. magyart

    I would like to hear the President say, "The Justice Dept. has determined the AZ immigration law is Constitutional.". But I dream of winning the lottery too.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  73. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    Since the Arizona law is virtually a carbon copy of existing Federal law, the President should re-affirm a commitment to uphold it. We're already up to our necks in debt. We may as well spend a bit more to beef up the ICE, and give them a mandate to continuously raid meat-packing plants, vegetable fields, construction sites, and hotels. We also need to increase the fines and other penalties on employers, landlords, and car dealers who look the other way.

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    June 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  74. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    I'd like to hear the President praise the Governor for her foresight and integrity in facing one of the most challenging issues of today. He should call her courageous. He should call her inspired. He should call her an outstanding citizen of our time. But he won't. I go with Obama on many issues, but when it comes to his stand on immigration reform and control of our border with Mexico, along with our way-too-cozy relations with Mexico, I part from his company. Obama is not thinking with a right head when it comes to immigration reform and border control. I solidly place on Obama's head the continued debacle he calls foreign relations with Mexico along with all the drug-related violence spilling across our border. Shame on Obama. Shame on Congress. Shame on 60% of Americans who complain about it, support what the Governor is doing and then just sit on their ass. Arizona needs our support. I am calling my Congressmen. And I am looking for everything I need to buy from Arizona. If the Governor or Arizona where really smart. she'd legalize marijuana, cut the legs out from under the dirty drug dealings of organized crime and tax it to replace loss of revenue caused by out of state protesters.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  75. Carl

    Jack,
    In my opinion, Jan Brewer is a positive figure to look up to. This law that 3 percent of the legal United States population don't like is nothing new. Now what the city of Los Angelos is trying to do is stupid and ridiculous and illegal, teaching there students that the Arizona illegal immigration law is wrong, all of these worthless know nothing teachers should be fired. What the hell is wrong with you people, our country is being over taken and you could careless. Take a good hard look at California's broken down economy if you don't believe me, all because the illegal immigrant coming to California for all the free things and the Red Carpet treatment. If the United States doesn't stop this illegal immigration problem soon it will be to late for our country. Illegal people from Mexico, go protest your own streets, tell your hypocrit president Caulderon to start improving your own country and stop sending his people here to the United States to support. As one proud legal American citizen, I can only hope our government comes to it's senses, stop trying to be politicially correct and just the the right thing for our American people for a change.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  76. Kim in Tx

    "I'm sorry that I haven't done enough, but I intend to change that."

    Then list the steps:

    Secure the border

    Remove all of those that are here illegally and let them start fresh from their home country

    June 3, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  77. barbara in NC

    That she should take legal action against her CORPORATIONS and any business that hires illegals.

    PROLEM SOLVED.

    Why do we have to keep pouring our tax money into states because their Governors don't enforce STATE LAWS?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  78. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    What a true leader would do is realize the public opinion and agree to work an accordance with Arizona to see how well their enforcement of the law goes, and to give federal aid to the effort and to ensure there won't be any abuses of the law that could lead to the type of behavior the opponents have railed against (racial profiling) with federal oversight. Everyone would be happy and we could actually enforce our laws for a change.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  79. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    President Obama should thank the governor for helping to enforce the law and apprehend the lawbreakers. He should say it was a good provision of the state law to make the federal E-Verify program mandatory for all employers and that it would be a good idea to make the federal E-Verify law mandatory as well.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  80. Fred

    Obama should listen and learn. He needs to adopt her plan at once for the entire country. English needs to be mandatory, we have laws just like OTHER countries.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  81. Kevin

    He should say that this country was built on immigrants, and laws like the one in Arizona that encourage racism have no place in our country where all men are created equal.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  82. R

    I would like to hear the President say that states have the right to enforce the immigration laws already on the books. This will cost him the next election if he doesn't. Republicans are lining up to make immigration the top issue this time around. Some one needs to start listening to what the legal citizens of the United States want. If you are here illegally, you don't have a say.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  83. Jim B

    He should keep his ugly nose out of it, When he learns to do his job he can comment about others......

    Enforce the damn laws and do his job to protect the country that elected him.

    Democrats are greatly disillusioned with this man and he is losing support across America!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  84. bob n

    tell her he's going back where he came fro and soon!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  85. Layne Alleman

    Jack, If he has any brains left, and it he sure hasn't shown any lately, he should apologize for the lack of enforcement by the Federal Government up to now, and openly demand "Homeland Security" begin enforcement TODAY!!! (poor sucker seems to have lost his spine somewhere). Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  86. Gary Wichita

    What I would like to hear from Obama regarding the Arizona immigration law is "Where do I sign up?"

    June 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  87. Marilyn in AZ

    I'd like to hear President Obama say that we should see how it works in AZ and perhaps adopt it as our national guideline for tackling the out of control illegal immigrant problem.
    I'll be very upset if Congress comes up with instant amnesty!
    I immigrated legally over 30yrs ago and don't see why everyone can't follow the rules like I did.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  88. Linda McCurley

    I would like President Obama to say he will uphold the laws of this land and protect our boarders no matter what it takes. This is a security as well as a budget issue. We deserve to have our laws enforced.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  89. Jonathan Kachman

    He should focus on what the real problem is. Businesses who hire illegal immigrants.

    This law is a racial knee jerk reaction similar to the internment camps of Japanese Americans.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  90. Bill

    I would love to hear the President admit that the state of Arizona has the right and the duty to take necessary and appropriate steps to protect its southern border from illegal intrusion; to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country; and to try to stop the flow of illegal drugs and weapons that enter our country through this region.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  91. Maria

    How about that he (and his staff) have actually READ the law!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  92. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, how about:
    This is a good law. Every state should have a law like it. The federal government will be available to assist the states in repatriating anyone in this country illegally, no matter what color their skin.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  93. Adelso Contreras

    Why is that the consensus seems to be, "Well, something had to be done!," in terms of the Arizona immigration law, but in regards to the health care reform bill, the consensus isn't the same?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  94. Roy Richards

    Obama should say, Governer, you don't need this law anymore, because I am going to take 20,000 unemployed Americans and send them to the border to build a fence for you.
    Now that would be a good use of stimulus money.
    Fat chance of it actually happening though.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  95. James W.

    Tell the truth about the cost, admit the government has made promises to secure the border, and when Americans gave them the benefit of the doubt, they broke their promise again and again, and because of that, we're going to finish the fence, add more security on the borders, and go after employers, not just the large corporations, but the small businesses as well.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  96. jim

    Obama should agree to gather up the 10's of millions of illegal immigrants and ship them back to their native land. Once this is done and the small business owners start filing bankruptcy he should then remind them that they were the ones who thought it was a good idea.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  97. Keith

    the majority of the people do not care about what Congress thinks!
    heck, I think they have demonstrated they do not care what the PEOPLE think:
    they have had decades to reform immigration, health reform,
    environmental protection,...create a bold new world..................

    they failed!

    now time for the people, legals, to take our country back!

    Keith of Milwaukee WI

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  98. Jesse Warren

    President Obama should say thank you to Arizona for finally doing what he does not have the cahones to do. He should also say to Governor Brewer that she should take over as President, immediately.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  99. Nick D. Neighbour

    What should Obama say?
    :Congratulations Jan! I wish I had YOUR GUTS!!!"
    Nick N.
    Pasadena. CA.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  100. Zack From Plymouth Michigan

    I'd like to hear him say, "Glad you took the focus off the economy, and healthcare, my friend."

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  101. greg texas

    I would like to hear the president say America I hear you. I am ordering national guard and regular army forces to seal the southern border by any means necessary. Then we add to the border patrol force until it is able to sustain those efforts permanently. Until we have established clear control of our borders I will not ask you to back additional amnesty legislation.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  102. Rick in California

    Would like to see the border to Mexico closed entirely. We are tired of these leeches sucking our services that we have paid for in taxes for years. They contribute nothing and take as much as they can. I can't even go see a doctor without some idiot calling me every 5 minutes to collect their money. The leeches come in here and get free medical care no questions asked. Far as I am concerned the drug cartels down there are doing us a favor by culling the population of Mexico.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  103. Jonathan Kachman

    He should focus on what the real problem is. Businesses who hire illegal immigrants.

    This law is a racial knee jerk reaction similar to the internment camps of Japanese Americans.

    Fraser, MI.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  104. diane

    I'd like President Obama to say "I understand why you need this law" and "we'll do everything we can to help you". "It's time this problem of illegal immigration is taken care of" Fat chance though, right?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  105. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    So the first year of my retirement I didn't do squat, barely got off the chair, this means that I could have went down to the corner bank and robbed it and it would have been alright because doing something wrong is better than doing nothing at all. At least this is what the Governor and you said.

    I hope Obama pointed out there is a common purpose and that the States and Federal Government have to work together in the name of fairness, freedom, and morality to both citizen and non-citizen.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  106. Dick Vaughan, Albuquerque

    Here's a novel idea. All people in America have a drivers license or photo ID and it states where you were born and the date and what county you are a citizen of. Not tough to do and 90% of Americans do it now voluntarily for banks, stores, loans, etc..

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  107. Girard

    Obama should show the country that he has its best interest in mind by closing the border. This will not only prevent the number of illegals from increasing but will also reduce the risk of terrorists entering our country. Once that's done he can address the issue of what to do with the illegals alraedy in our country.
    Girard

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  108. Gail Mountain

    Here's what I think you should say about the law - it is not just violators of crimes who will be asked for their papers but also violators of ordinances so if I have a car on cement blocks or if it looks like I have too many people in my house I can be asked for my papers. Will that be all people? Or just those of a certain heritage?

    Having said that, my answer to your question is that he should said as he has said - it is a federal issue not a state issue and then he should see if legislators are ready to deal with it yet.

    (If you check I believe you will find that when the law was amended to try to cover any profiling intent, the ordinance piece was added to widen the net.)

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  109. mike

    good job! hope it catches on.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  110. jw

    The president needs to stop pushing immigration reform and spend more time on Enforcement of our current laws. The only thing wrong with the immigration laws is the fact that we don't Enforce them.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  111. George

    He should have patted her on the back and said "thank you gov. for pocessing the stones to something that our politicaly correct scared broken congress has failed to do,I would also like to let you know you have the feds complete coperation and support" Thats what I believe or hope he would have said. But I know well enough and none of those words where probably spoken.
    I believe what the gov. of Az had to say was far more important and interesting reg this subject,I just hope the president was listning.
    George
    chester,ct.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  112. Ernie Webb

    This is the second time I have sent a message. This is the first time it is positive. Your comments vis a vis the immigration discussion were spot on. My question for obama: When you said that in terms of the oil spill - we would enforce the laws of the nation. Why be selective? Shouldn't we enforce ALL of the laws-- including immigration?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  113. Adam

    I think the president should say that the federal government is going to take responsibility for it's border with Mexico. He (the Pres.) should say that he's sending 6500 troops instead of the measly 1300. We should at least be able to control our borders in the states as we do in Iraq or afganastan.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  114. John Sotolongo

    Obama should say that Immigration is the basic reason that america exists today. Regardless that illegal immigration laws in Arizona exist, we should be glad that they want to live here, contribute to our economy and express their right to the pursuit of happiness. They should make it easier for immigrants to get here, just like Canadians move here, Mexicans should get the same preferences. But again, because they speak a different language, i believe some form of racism is or will take place after this law takes effect.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  115. kent

    Where was this outrage for the past 8 years when the Republicans were in charge. Why the emergency now?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  116. Shane Simpson

    "Only if the Native Americans would have ranted against illegal immigration?!"

    June 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  117. B. Ellis

    Arizona law shows someone displayed leadership which is lacking in President Obama.Also no leadership in the Gulf crisis. His only interest is to redistribute income to the folks that don't want to work and feel that someone owes them.
    2012 can't come soon enough.Bye bye Obama, we not only can....we will.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  118. Esther

    Arizonas 'papers please' law is UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

    Here in Arizona, many nativist lunatics rant and rave about 'illegals breaking the law' - then insist upon Arizonas right to enact/enforce - illegal laws!

    1) States have no authority to enact immigration laws - just as they cannot enter in treaties with foreign entities. This is a violation of the US Constitutions supremacy clause.

    2) Federal law stipulates that immigration violations (including being here without authorization) is a CIVIL (not criminal) offense. So, how can Arizona make an unauthorized immigrants mere presence a CRIMINAL offense per state law? How can this possibly 'mirror federal law'?

    3) Arizonas 'papers please' law violates 4th amendment protections against warrantless and unreasonable search and seizure - and literally authorizes ethnic profiling.

    Bottom line; is 'illegal immigration' a reason to flush the United States Constitution?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  119. Shirley, OHIO

    He should say that the governor was correct in signing the law, but he should also ask her why did it take her so long to sign an immigration law when the problem has been going on for decades. It is now 2010 and 11 million immigrants to late.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  120. Ken in NC

    I want him to say he supports the law, however, to be racially profiled is wrong and illegal. I want him to say the Federal Government is going to enforce the law and she should repeal or recall the Arizona law and enforce immigration laws in a manner which do not racially profile any race of people.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  121. Chuck Anschutz

    How about, "here's the plan" and deliver puplically and to congress a well-thought out thick document that details how we're going to account for every illegal worker and every company that employs them, and how these workers are going to be worked into the system, lined up for legal worker status, how the new taxes garnered from such an overhaul affects the budget and how future illegal immigrants are going to be dealt with.
    Even if this document is flawed, it would be refreshing that at least somebody in high office has made the concerted effort.

    Chuck,
    Bridgton, Maine

    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  122. Steve

    Our country is starving for "leadership" President Obam, please stand up and enforce our laws. Illegals cost hard law abiding tax payers millions and millions of dollars, Would you Mr President, turn you head and allow hard working Americans the option not to pay our taxes. If you are willing to give illegals a break, why not "we the people"?

    Steve
    Roseburg Oregon

    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  123. Ricky Brannen

    As a supporter of the President I would hope that he would see it the way I and probably 80% of the American people see it. This country has a big problem with illegal immigration. I don't see how any President or Congress could justifiably send our guys into war against terrorism when our borders are wide open. The next time I go to the polls I'll be voting for whoever is willing to take a harsh stand against illegal immigration.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  124. Francis Harrison

    I would like to see a pole of only those who “have read the entire bill”. On the surface it sounds great but after reading the bill in its entirety I have a much different opinion of it.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  125. Robert from Saratoga Springs, NY

    I'd like him to say that he's proud of Arizona for taking on the immigration problem themselves to relieve this burden from the federal government. I'd also like him to point out the monetary savings that will surely come out of this. Less illegal immigrants means more tax dollars going to our own citizens and more jobs for people like you and I.

    The federal government needs to stop micromanaging each state to the point of states not even having a difference between each other. The illegal immigrants have more of an effect on Arizona's economy than most other states, so everyone else should just mind their own business.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  126. Chris

    Jack

    The President should offer her a job in his administration. Home Land Security might be the right place for her.

    It's irresponsible not to arrest illegal immigrants...where was Arizona
    's State rights during the Bush years? It's politics as usual. I hope they can continue to run their state without them.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  127. Daniel Rubinov

    I would like obama to state that he, at least, understands why the law was passed despite his views on the bill. Arizona is the state most populated by illegal immigrants and whether or not this bill is "too extreme", obama has to address the problem and provide an alternate plan of action.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  128. Jennie Honolulu

    Jack, All I can say is WAY TO GO ARIZONA! and Obama its time to PUT OUT OR GET OUT!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  129. HG in Mass

    I haven't heard much about what AZ is going to do about those that hire illegals. Make the people that hire them pay a huge fine per illegal immigrant hired. Shut them down for a couple of weeks. Do raids on suspected businesses. Hit 'em in the pocketbook. This issue is not just one sided. They come here because SOMEONE IS HIRING THEM. It's very simple and feeds into our prejudices to scapegoat immigrants. Do something about the other side of the "equation".

    June 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  130. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    I'd like to hear him say to the governor, "Tell those 2-faced, flip-flopping, obstructionist Republicans to get on board with The Democratic party, and DO someting about immigration, instead of just flapping their jaws, & impeding progress, as usual. We need action NOW!".

    June 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  131. Paul Austin, Texas

    He needs to hold his comments to close to the chest. He needs to prove it is the federal government that contorls the laws and states rights is not to be the rule. I do not know if many remember but the last guy to spout state rights was George Wallace. Was he a true American I think not. In the end though he did say he was wrong in the way he thought on intergration and other laws. Arizona has a point that the drug and human trafficers are a real problem for the U.S. but who gets caught is the bus boy, lawn service, maids, kitchen help, and farm workers that are only to get a buck for their families. One day if all continues Mexico will be the one that will be shipping americans back to the U. S. as illegals. Think what will it be like when the shoe is on the other foot.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  132. GK California

    I would like Pres Obama to say good job Gov Brewer. Now, lets make it a federal law.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  133. Jim Blevins

    " I'll fight this law until hell freezes over then I will fight it on the ice."

    It is not that this law is necessarily wrong, it is that it is from the wrong governmental agency. The long term consequences of allowing states to take over federal responsibilities is an end the the United States of America and the beginning of 50 separate sovereign states.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    June 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  134. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I would like for him to say that he read the bill first of all and then I would like him to exsplain the difference between the already standing law and the new Arizona bill and then I would like for him to say why the federal government has not inforced the standing law .

    June 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  135. Tayyaba

    I had to wait in line to get my "Ticket" = Visa to come to this country. Now there are gate crashers who are not waiting in line. I pay taxes and I have to pay for these gate crashers. Arizona I love you. You stand for what is right and correct. It is not a racial issue. It is a legal issue. I waited 8 years to have my "Ticket" = Visa, I had to be tested for disease. I had to show I would not be a burden on this great country. I had to have sponsors to stand up for me. I speak quality english. Why do we cater to Mexico? My native country was too far away for me to cheat. Close the border. Give the ones left amnesty, you have no other choice, you cannot round them up. Make them pay taxes. Make future Mexicans wait in line to get their Ticket. INS make the line shorter. See? All problems solved.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  136. Joe O

    Jack:

    Arizona's law is an open invitation to bigots to regard all Hispanics as guilty until proven innocent – and President Obama should say that.

    It's also a state's valid expression of frustration with the federal government's failure to govern – President Obama should say that, too.

    I voted for Barack Obama, expecting him to take decisive, principled public stands designed to get Congress off its overpaid butts. So far, NOT so good.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  137. scot

    I would like to hear the presdient say: "The Arizona law will not be required, I have decided to actually enforce our existing Federal laws that requires us to deport those who enter our country illegally...and by the way, we are going to finish building the fence that Congress authorized"

    June 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  138. Chris Astoyan

    Jack,

    Pres. Obama knows this country has given a lot of people freedom.
    I think he should give a lot of credit for the folks in Arizona for doing a great job. He should also mention about California, we need to stop illegal immigrants coming to this country I guess it's better late than never....

    Chris

    June 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  139. Cynthia

    It would be helpful for everyone involved, including the President, to get to the root of the problem, which is, "why do they so desperately desire to come here?" The businesses who employ them should be held accountable and prosecuted accordingly. They are the ones who offer the incentive to break the laws to acquire jobs that will give them a better life, at our expense.

    If you place a cookie in your yard, you will undoubtedly see a trail of ants leading to the cookie. Remove the cookie and they go elsewhere. I say remove the cookie!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  140. Steve

    I could uphold the laws in the Constitution of United States of America, close the loophole created by Bush years ago to allow the Latinos to come in and apply for Green Card.
    Bush's policy caused the crisis years ago period! The government need to stop listening the businesses on other issues which is plaguing us for a long time. (immigrants and taxes)
    Also, the bottom-line is we need to close the boarder before it's too late, what happens if the terrorists and drug cartel unite in the future. That will be frightening thought.

    Steve

    June 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  141. Dan in TN

    There's nothing he can say...he's already lost all credibility by siding with Mexico and the illegals. Action will be the only thing that makes any difference. The borders need to be defended at all costs. If we lose friendships with Mexico and Canada due to our actions, they never were true friends. Obama needs to get out of the way. He's proven he can't lead on this issue and won't follow the will of the people...get out of the way is the choice left to him.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  142. Mary Schaeffer

    I live in New Jersey and am concerned how overtaxed our schools are trying to educate these immigrants. They are here not paying taxes, living in apartments with about 10 other immigrants. They keep having children and our tax dollars are paying for their schooling, WIC checks and food stamps because they get all of these things for free. We need to send them back if they are illegal and use our tax dollars for US citizens!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  143. emma

    i want him to say that they (the mexicans) were good enough to be sneaked over here long enough for the white people to use them and work them for min. wages. Now they don't need their jobs because most of them own their own companies they want them gone. I say white folks you can't have it all.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  144. kathy

    It is time to protect/claim our borders NOW! We will support our states and protect ALL American states and follow our Constitution as we took an oath to do. Troops will be sent immediately to all borders and all illegals caught will be deported to wherever they came from. We will encourage ALL states to ensure health, education, social service benefits are given to AMERICAN CITIZENS FIRST!!!!! Companies that hire illegals will pay a huge fine and cost for doing so. We will support our law enforcement and stop punishing them/tying their hands from doing their jobs and enforcing the current laws.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  145. Dori in CA

    President Obama should say "I agree with what you're doing 100%. As we speak, a plan is being drawn up to stop the problem of illegal immigration, once and for all!" But I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for that comment, would you?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  146. Pam

    :Let's give the new law a chance. Nothing else has worked. Anyone who disagrees with the law should be required to spend six months in a small border town in Arizona."

    As a side note, I live in Gulf Breeze, FL and dealing with the incoming oil spill. I went to Willcox, AZ for six months to help my son build a home. I was SHOCKED at the number of illegal aliens walking around, working, dining out, shopping. The women have several babies, all getting free food, medical services, etc., at tax payer's expense. Yet my son, an asthmatic and Army veteran, cannot get medical care. The illegals have their own communities with their own non-tax paying businesses. They literally walk around with joints hanging out of their mouths (Little Mexico trailer park in Willcox).

    June 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  147. Jim in Alabama

    He should admit that the federal government has dropped the ball on addressing the issue of illegal immigration and make a public commitment to taking this issue up again. IMO, the State of Arizona had a perfect right to pass the law that they did when you consider that the Federal Government hasn't been willing to do a darn thing to control this problem and probably did so to force the Feds to begin to take some action. I hope other States follow suite until Obama and the Government realizes that they must do something. It seems that's the only language that the Feds understand is public pressure and criticism by a large number of people. Make them sweat.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  148. Lefty

    I'd like to hear him admit that there's a difference between an "immigrant" and an "invader." An immigrant goes through a legal process to become a citizen. Thirteen milliion illegals amounts to a silent invasion. They are not "immigrants."

    June 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  149. Chuck Wright, Georgia

    The President should say:

    1. Remove all illegals now.
    2. Fine all companies using illegals
    3. Implement ID Cards for all Americans and all visitors now.
    4. Limit imigration numbers.
    5. Subtract $ from the Military budget and close the door on illegals.
    6. Eliminate citizenship for all children of illegals.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  150. joe m

    how about if he first makes it clear that he actually read the 16 pages and then he can go ahead and say whatever he wants. i won't deny the president his right to disagree with this law, but i'd like him to do so with actual knowledge of it. several of his people have already made it clear that without any real understanding or knowledge of this law, they disagree with it and intend to act against it. these people are clearly motivated by politics and ideolog. i'd very much like to know that if the president wants to side with his people, he has first read the law.

    NC

    June 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  151. Himan

    The people these days are not obeying the consitution.
    President Obama should strongly oppose this law and keep it clear and simple so the citizens of america will heed his message.
    Its the clarity that counts!

    Tampa,florida

    June 3, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  152. Dave

    To answer the question, the arizona law is not right and smacks of racism, which if you had ever experienced it, you would know that is what this is.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  153. James W.

    I would like him to be honest and admit, that we all want what illegals want, problem is we will never get there as long as we have a growing population of indigent, low skilled, un/under educated people.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  154. Justin Falco

    I would like the President to better explain why we can't spend the money to close our borders and have Mexican immigrants enter into the US like any other person wanting to immigrate. What does i"mmigration reform" actually mean?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  155. Eddy

    Nothing.

    He has already said all that I expected him to say; that is is misguided, is is the result of decades of inaction, that it is the wrong approach and that he will try to tackle immigration next. Anything other than that is for the courts to decide.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  156. stephen texas

    The international border should be a federal matter. Obama needs to assure AZ that the govt will attend to it. Kudos for doing some thing, but let us do our job.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  157. Tom May

    I would like President Obama to come to the conclusion that to easily solve the Mexican Immigration problem is to simply annex Mexico as our 53rd State, and about the rest of the problem of illegal immigration we need to check all id's of all citizens once per year by their local law enforcement authority. Consider it as being part of either the IRS or the Census bureau. We do have computer power to spare in our country to easily accomplish this, but the local police will certainly reject it as it's more work. We can do this.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  158. Tom Clark Albuquerque, New Mexico

    I would like President Obama to tell the Governor of
    Arizona that he will direct his Attorney General and all Federal Agencies to enforce the United State's immigration laws including fines for employers who hire illegal aliens. He should also send 10,000 National Guard to our borders. He should inform all contractors doing business involving Federal dollars that they must use E-Verify when hiring their employees.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  159. Girard

    It's so simple. Obama should get a Federal immigration law passed which mirrors the Arizona law (since most Americans favor the Arizona law). The Federal law would supercede the Arizona law and would then remove any reason for any other state to pass an immigigration law. Problem solved.
    Girard

    June 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  160. fran/virginia beach

    I would like him to write on the 'black board' one thousand times: I Barack Hussein O'Bama solemly swear to uphold the laws of the United States of America".

    June 3, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  161. Susan

    As a legal immigrant who is now an American citizen, I am concerned that if I traveled to Arizona with only my driver's license (from another State) could I have a problem if I was stopped for having a broken brake light on my car. As I obviously don't have an "American Accent" I would have to prove that I was here legally. Many illegal immigrants are working under the radar as domestics and gardeners and day laborers. I think the only way to resolve this problem is to heavily fine or imprison those that choose to empoy them.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  162. MIKE MCCANTS

    jack,pres oboma has spent most of his life being like the illegals. He doesnt want to hurt their feelings.Weneed a leader with a strong AMERICAN back bone and deport any and all illegal people out of our country.PERIOD PLIAN AND SIMPLE.It would be cheaper to kick them out,than to support them.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  163. Dave

    I don't think the Arizona law goes far enough. I think we should round up anyone who even looks like they might be an illegal and put them in an internment camp until we figure out to do with them all.

    Heck, let’s extend it to anyone who wasn’t born here, even if they are legal. Round them all up and ship them back to where they came from... Good bye Governor Schwarzenegger!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  164. wm. sanborn sr., neptune, nj

    POTUS should recognize Ariz. Right and responsibility to protect its' border and citizenry; but the laws it enacts must also reflect the will of the same, w/o injury (where poss.) To the state populace or constitutional protections.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  165. Paul F. Caron

    Jack: I would like to hear President Obama say that the Arizona law on immigration is a mirror of national law and that he will shape up the federal activity to finally correspond with it. Also that he will be bringing home the thousands of troops in Afghanistan and will place them on the border to finally prevent those from outside the U.S. from coming in illegally. This is, after all, what he promised to do when he was sworn in as President.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  166. e

    The President should say, "Amazing how Arizona's law mirrors the federal law. I see, now, how many other states are considering similar immigration laws. It seems I've erred in that I did not initially act on this threat to the santity of American soil and I will double your efforts to correct this problem. What's more I will direct those states, counties and cities to cease their boycotts of AZ and it's products."

    June 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  167. Harry F. Porter

    A letter to Jan in AZ:

    A lesson on democracy:
    Someone said “I want government out of my business”. I reply this is a democracy therefore you are the government and you don’t seem to know how it works.
    Governors and presidents do not make laws- congress does! You elect people to represent you in the legislature and supposedly keep in touch and advise them what you want. Then they get together and determine what the MAJORITY of the people want and act accordingly.
    A prime example of democracy at work just happened in Arizona. The majority of the citizens of Arizona advised their legislators what they wanted and the legislation acted accordingly, the governor approved and it became law. That is democracy!
    However, the minority lost so they form special interest groups, demonstrate and whine. Most are not even citizens of Arizona. Also the corporate puppets in the federal legislature have their own agenda – we need cheap labor even though our own citizens are unemployed. This is the demise of democracy.
    Good luck Arizona! Hazelton, PA tried it and lost. Maybe you can be strong enough to prove that democracy still exists! I suggest you don’t try to make your business people E-verify their employees or big daddy and the ACLU will crush you like a grape!

    Harry F. Porter

    June 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  168. irene levy

    The problem which so many people are not saying yet I think we would all agree is that illegal mexican cartel members are coming over our border and setting up bogus businesses to launder drug money. They are a serious threat to anyone who lives in these border towns and are infiltrating our country for illegal purposes and are quite evil to boot. THIS IS A REAL PROBLEM and a threat to National Security.

    The honest law abiding people who come here for a better life (from whatever country) are welcome but they must go through the proper process.

    The President has a lot on his plate but he needs to understand this and allow the states to enforce the immigration laws with federal support.

    I am proud to be and American but it seems to me that so many groups hate us yet want to come and live here but don't actually want to become Americans.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  169. John

    Jack, thank God the government doesn't listen to the people sometimes. I bet at some point The People thought it was Ok for blacks to sit at the back of the bus and not giving women the right to vote.

    Believe it or not Jack, sometimes The People are wrong. I would prefer to live in a country that values the rule of law than listening to The People. The constitution protects the minority as well as the majority.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  170. David Lucas

    Your question reminds me of a letter written to the local newspaper entitled "Illegal immigrants took over nation long ago". He writes" My great-great-grandpa used to say thaht illegal immigrants were destroying our way of live. They brought diseases and crime with them of a kind not seen in our land before. They kidnapped and smuggled people from far away, perpertrated brutal acts on them and put our people in concentration camps – only they called them reservations....
    They came waving foreign flags and refusing to speak our language and forging documents to legalize themselves. ... I, a Seminole Indian put the number of illegals in this country a about 200-plus million."
    I couldn't agree more!!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  171. James

    Every american has to obey the laws.BUT if your ILLEGAL YOU GET A FREE PASS TO BREAK THE LAWS.Yes you are a criminal if you trespass on other peoples property.As my parents taught me to OBEY the law.So why should illegals get a free pass.Why shouldn't hookers,drug dealers,car thiefs get a free pass.Ol i know illegals do it for a better life.bla bla bla. Everyone criminal does it for money to have a better life in there eyes.I say ENFORCE OUR LAWS.The immigration reform argument is a code for changing the law to allow criminals rewards for there crime.If you make 12 mill illegals legal who will do there jobs.No way they will still do the crap jobs for cheap.Ol i know bring in 12 mill more illegals.And what would that tell the immigrants that ARE WAITING IN LINE.I guess being illegal is like being retarded.Just look we cater to Mexicans by given them Spanish signs, language options,stores,Illegals are leeches sucking the blood out the us heart and sending it home.They should be ashamed.Look at all the other immigrants here.africans,asians,irish and they all fit in and become part of america.I'm sick of it.Get out or face the law.If you don't like it tuff.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  172. AED from Sierra Vista, AZ

    I would like to hear the President explain why the Border Patrol stops drivers on US highways at Border Patrol Stations and asks them their citizenship before they can proceed. In order to drive from Sierra Vista, AZ to Tucson, AZ on Hwy 90, alldrivers must pass through a Border Patrol Station where they may ask be asked their citizenship and where those from foreign countries have to show their drivers licenses or other proof they are in the county legally.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  173. davesmall

    Sadly Jack, I don't think there is any possible way he can do or say what he should here.

    The State of Arizona is being overrun by illegal immigrants, their jails, schools, emergency rooms, and other services are being stretched beyond the limits. To do the right thing he'd have to say, "We're with you one hundred percent Governor."

    Unfortunately his priorities are different. His major concern is keeping the balance of the Latino vote firmly in the Democrat's voter column. He's between a rock and a hard spot here. If he solves the illegal immigration problem or he alienates a large and heretofore loyal Democrat voting block.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  174. bernard lelko

    i think president obama should say that he is happy that someone is finally enforceing the laws of this country ,and trying to straiten this mess out

    June 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  175. Ralph Spyer

    He should say, why did I think of that.Or maybe he should run for president of Mexico.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  176. Sal from Cocoa FL

    Couldn't make it any better than it is!!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  177. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, how about "Right On Governor, you are 100% right, and we in D.C. are behind you all the way! What can we do to help you enforce our laws?" That's what I would like him to say, however, that will NEVER happen, too many votes in the Hispanic block, and somehow Hispanics think the laws should not apply to them. Obama and the Democrats don't have the cojones to risk losing Hispanic support by enforcing the law as written, so they will weasel their way out of enforcement, right into amnesty, and have millions of new Democratic welfare voters.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  178. S. Brown

    Dear President Obama,

    Regarding immigration. We have let millions of people in illegally, surely you do not plan to invite all of the rest of Mexico in! Attend to the illegals since you allowed them in. They must, however, enter legally like all of the rest of our other immigrants did. Notwithstanding, now is the time to close the gates to any further of them, as we cannot handle any more. We are past max. Just deal with Calderon and tell him the USA cannot handle any more. If he says you are violating our rights, tell him there are too many now. It has busted many hospitals who cannot afford all of that free healthcare. Let's get real. No more illegal Mexican immigrants. Build a wall and stick to it. Enough is enough! Our economy cannot handle any more illegals.
    Thank you for getting tough with Calderon finally, President Obama!!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  179. Roger - Phoenix Az

    The president should say nothing. The majority of our population agrees with Gov. Brewer. We need a strong state government and a weak federal government. Washington D.C. cries civil rights violation so the federal judges decide everything. The majority rules?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  180. Dan

    "with my executive Order I authorize ICE to hire 500,000 ICE agents. 10,000 agents per state. We have 2 benifits . The first 1 is creation of job. Most of these jobs will be permanent over the next 2decades. This hard working agents would take a very much good care of the federal law so the states like Arizona have not to deal with illegal immigration problems. I would also like to add that I will immediately ask for the resignations from Janet Nepolitano and Eric Holder who are not doing there respective jobs."

    June 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  181. Luwanna

    Jack,

    Since I'm part Native American I feel I can speak to this from a slightly different perspective. When we get right down to it, everyone in the U.S. with the exception of Native Americans (which includes Native Americans from areas held in northern Mexico centuries ago), is an immigrant or the descendant of an immigrant. It amazes me how self-rightous supposed "Americans" can be on this issue.
    Our country has immigration policies that discrimnate against certain ethnicities, countries, and income/education groups. The reason we have so many illegals from the South, Central American countries and Mexico is a direct result of that descrimination. The people from these countries make a choice between survival and breaking the law... abject poverty is not something that most Americans are familiar with personally and they don't want to be.
    The solution is greater than immigration reform, it is the total erradication of poverty in every corner of this planet. Until that happens people will move where they can find the best chances for survival. We should all be grateful that the Native Americans who came upon those first settlers at Plymouth didn't have the same attitude that many "Americans" have today.
    What does compassion cost? Apparently too much for most "Americans"

    Luwanna Guysville Ohio

    June 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  182. Barb Arizona

    If other states are tired of the illegals they need to get on the stick. President Obama is doing well, at this time, to stay out of making suggestions to leave it up to the Government. That phase is a JOKE!!
    Unless you live in Arizona you really don't know the whole story and exactly what goes on here. I don't just want my state back I want my Country back. AND it appears the majority of the American people agree.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  183. Dee

    He should say he is issuing an executive order requiring the Border Patrol and the National Guard MUST secure our borders, as per FEDERAL laws already on the books!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  184. Tom Doyle Livingston Tx.

    I would like the president to tell Gov. Brewer that we have always had laws on the books that cover everything that the Arizona law says. If a policeman stops someone for a crime and then suspects that a more serious crime has been committed he has the right to investigate. It does not matter if said crime is local, state or federal, The policeman investigates and then calls the proper authority.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  185. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, it is interesting that you ask what SHOULD Obama say about Arizona's immigration law. We know what he DID say, and it wasn't much other than Democrat Party talking points. What he should say is that it is much more HUMANE than Mexico's own immigration law, and he should cite point after point where Mexico violates the human rights of illegals coming across THEIR southern border! Illegals coming into Mexico are lucky if they get put in prison and eventually are deported. They are unlucky if they are SHOT DEAD, an all too common occurrance.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  186. James in Idaho

    Governor Brewer, we have officers who arrest people for being drunk without proof, ticketing people for speeding when they THINK they're speeding, conduct no knock raids that result in using a grenade on a 9 year old... and now you want to give them the power to arrest, detain or question anyone in Arizona who LOOKS like an illegal immigrant?!

    Fat chance, and I've done very well in court myself.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  187. Todd Colorado Springs

    Obama should say – What are you thnking. You say you want less goverment, your Senators are obstructionist, and you take the stimulas package when you say you don't. Now you asking for the federal goverment's help. I don't think so, well see you in court and you best be nice to your visitors they will own the state soon.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  188. tim CA

    if AZ wants 1200 natoinal guard troop at the borader let AZ pay for it not tax payers of this country. i would guess that 1/2 of thoes folks support the new law are repulican voters. as far as president obama i would like to tell gov brewer that democ will chalenge it in court.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  189. Kim in So. California

    I wish Mexicans would understand our Southern Border needs to be secured. Its not only Mexicans coming across the border, Recently, detained are people from Parkistan, Iraq, Iran, and other countries who are aganist the United States.

    My daughter-in-law came from Hungary and paid $2,000 for a Visa, waited the amount of time, and had to check with her consulate once a year. She gained her citizenship after 8 years.

    Why is one border different from another? She could have come over a fence and saved $2,000 and time.

    Our Governor said illegal immigration costs our state around $10 billion a year. Our state is heavly in debt. We can't afford all the free services being extended.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  190. Lisa

    FINALLY! Someone has detailed the issue at hand accurately! Thank you, Jack.

    Obama should answer why he is playing politics on this issue. We all know that he's looking to get more Democrats in his "tent" to ensure his political success, but really....shouldn't this be more of a national security issue? He needs to explain why he is indifferent to the fact that "terrorist" could come across the border and what he would do if an attack came from someone crossing the border. How would he explain that to the American public? All lives are equally important, but why is more interested in the lives of "non-citizens"? Did he forget that his number one job is to "protect the lives of Americans"? Or did he forget to read the constitution?

    June 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  191. Alex in Wisconsin

    The President should shake things up by enforcing illegal immigration laws to all people, not just those who look the part. When white america starts being asked for papers, we will see how much support the law will have. That will be the true test of how just the law is and it will be a fair implementation of the law.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  192. James flanaghan

    Jack,
    I can only say that if Arizona's governor was in the white house, I would like to think we might have one less criminal
    and one less crime within our unprotected borders.
    Clearly, she would win in 2012 should she extend the opportunity to elect her to our leadership.
    God Bless her for her leadership.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  193. James Brice

    I think the only reason that Obama is doing anything is because of the AZ.law and not out of ant sense of responsibility to this Nation,but because it demonstrates his refusal to uphold our laws or secure our boarders. What I want to know is. what kind of law would Obama like that would allow states and the Federal Gov. TO arrest detain and deport people who are here illegally.and give strong sentences to repeat offenders? This isn't CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN.
    Jim Brice Indianola,IA

    June 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  194. Jane Casa

    Jack, I lived in Mexico for 7 years. As an active volunteer for an organization to help needy students go to university, one thing was quite clear. Neither the government nor the church put the people of Mexico first, especially those in the lower socio-economic.

    When one has to choose between tortillas and much needed medicine, what are they to do? We visited the homes of these wonderful motivated students. Sometimes there was a floor of dirt and sheet for the door.

    If a country does not put its people first, it cannot succeed. Whether it is President Calderon or President Obama, people must be treated with dignity and respect unless or until they prove themselves unworthy of this treatment. I don't think the intent of the Arizona law provides for such.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  195. Cris

    Thanks for stepping up to the plate to do the job for us, as I have no idea what to do and how to do it without offending the illegal immigrants.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  196. Lefty, Zion Illinois

    I'd like to hear the President distinguish between "immigrants," who participate in the established programs to become citizens of this country, and "invaders," who show no respect for the sovereignty of this country. Thirteen million illegals constitute a silent "invasion." this is not immigration by any stretch of the definition.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  197. James

    Jack, you quoted there are 11 million illegals living in the US and 500,000 in Arizona. It's time to get out of your comfy little east coast nest and come to the southwest for a reality check. You are quoting numbers that were revelant 10 years ago, not today. Come to southern california where in LA alone there are cities that have an illegal demographic greater than 60%. Towns in San Diego county are overrun with illegals, Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Chula Vista and the list goes on and on. This is a fight for the rule of law and a fight for OUR country, Jack, the United States of America. This in NOT a fight over race, skin color, and all the other arguments that want to turn this issue backwards. Many open borders supporters are children of illegals that now have grown to teenage or young adults. Where are their parents going when they are found to be illegally in the United States? Deported. Why do you think that liberal school boards are taking a stand against 1070? When the parents of these children are deported taking their infants and young children with them back to their homeland. Then they should begin a process to enter the United States legally. Less children in public schools means less $ from the government which means less teacher and administrative JOBS. Arizona and Governor Jan got this one correct. Thank God there is still some people that will do the right thing even when votes are at stake.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  198. LOUIS IN SAN DIEGO

    "I commend you on your efforts and hope that we can work together to stem the insurgence of illegals compromising our borders and stealing our resources. However, I would like your input as to how we're going to entice the citizens of this great country to take on the menial jobs these illegals so graciously risk their lives for everyday."

    June 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  199. Chris

    I think it would be awesome to hear him say, "Seeing as though I'm incapable of, and/or unable to do anything about immigration, I'm glad to see that a WOMAN is taking the stand for the hard-working Americans who are here rightfully and lawfully and whom contribute to, as opposed to taking away from, this society. It's time we do something about those who exploit this country and it's excessively compassionate and understanding mentality. Hard-working Americans, a good percentage of which are now unable to even find work, struggle day in, day out, but countless illegals receive government aid/benefits daily."

    June 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  200. docb

    Jack,

    The President must get the people to the table to affect resolution. That is the first priorty of negotiation. He can bring ideas and listen to problems but then the CONGRESS must write legislation. His only other option is executive order which is temporary.

    Decades of corporate lobbying have put us in this position of relying on cheap labor for Corporations and giving them subsidies to boot!
    Simple supply and demand–we demand either through consumption or desire for cheap prices! If there were no jobs we would not have the immigration issues–if there was no demand for drugs we would have no drug problems...How about enforcing the laws on the books or getting Congress to do their jobs!

    ho will pay for the States taking over Federal rresponsiblity-Looks like another whine for a bailout!

    June 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  201. Shawn

    Hi Jack ....here's your answer....President Obama should come out and say you know we do have a federal law that does say the same thing you know we will just start to enforce that one so the government can do the job they should do and not have the states do the federal job so everyone can be mad at the government and not the states. I wonder if President Obama thinks the federal law if mis-guilded too.....And imagine that everyone has to carry ID with them at all times....hello you have to do that now.......And does anyone remember half of the Ft. Dix six crossed the southern border illegally.....

    June 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  202. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I think President Obama has his say when he sat down with this woman and if she didn't get the message then she never will.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  203. R R Ryan

    He should say: "The People have spoken.....I have listened......the Federal Government has been negligent and has not properly addressed the immigration issue......and before my term is over, we will have immigration reform that:

    1. Reflects the will of the people
    2. Respects this nation's laws
    3. Re-establishes the People's confidence in the Federal Government
    4. Secures our border from all threats

    June 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  204. Randy from Salt Lake City

    Who care what Obama says about anything. He promised to close Gitmo, he promised to end the illegal wars, he promised to reform healthcare, he promised to regulate the corrupt banking industry, etc, etc. It looks like Obama is exactly the same as the last President (DICK Cheney) a compulsive liar.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  205. Mike

    I hope Obama will have an epiphany that Arizona has NO issues with those people who cross the border legally through designated ports of entry.

    I have heard (from a story NBC News mid last month) that people who plan to cross the US border illegally, are willing to pay coyotes in Altar Mexico as much as $1500.00 to assist them with their illegal crossing. I just can't imagine the cost for a legitimate and reusable Passport, be equal or more expensive than $1500.00 to purchase.

    If times are so bad that a person feels the need to cross a border to make a better income for their impoverished family, a smart individual would think every US dollar earned would be an invaluable aid to that impoverished family, and ludicrous to risk loosing $1500.00 US dollars at each attempted border crossing.

    It makes a smart individual to stop and think how important and profitable a legal border crossing would be- Unless- crossing illegally IS profitable enough to blatantly risk throwing $1500.00 away (not to mention risking one's life in the process).

    I as a US citizen can't even justify risking a loss of $1500.00; I just don't make that kind of money even though I am led to believe life here in the United States is so much better than our southern neighbors endure.

    So I must assume crossing illegally is SO profitable that in it's self- must be illegal.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  206. Butch from Central Cal.

    Jack take breath.
    He already has said the law is "misguided" and he's right.
    This is fear based at it's best. Take a look at the crazies who support it.
    Are you going to tell me that you want a nice old lady with a broken tail light deported right along with the gangsters?
    Keep in mind how many of these families got here in the first place and have had three generations born here.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  207. Carl - Phoenix AZ

    President O should say, "Since we are a 'United' States we should stop all this arguing – there is a right way to come into this country and an illegal way. There are federal laws already on the books about each of these ways. There are many court cases about each of these ways. I choose to stand by and for the law of this land as I was elected to do." As an Arizona native, I say, "If you choose to boycott AZ then we should put the illegals on busses and send them to your state or city because you seem to know so much better than we do how to deal with the situation."

    June 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  208. James flanaghan

    Well done Governor Jan Brewer. Keep up the great job.
    Don't let them force you out for doing what is good and right.
    Right is right. You are doing a great job. Would you help us out by being our leader in Washington, D.C. ? We need you.
    Please, help us.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  209. Jack, New Albany, Indiana

    Jack,

    I would like the President to say this – " ".

    Nothing.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  210. tamara

    i say that illegal aliens has been over here for decades tell me why Pres.Obma has to be the one to enforce everybody elses laws and rules no other Pres. dealt with. I think that the republicans needs to stop crying and stop stirring up mess. You lost McCain and party STOP CRYING ABOUT EVERYTHING FOR GOD"S SAKE.

    June 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm |