May 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

How seriously do you take pres. & Congress on immigration reform?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The federal government is trying to play catch-up with Arizona - when it comes to immigration reform.
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President Obama is calling on Congress to start work this year on comprehensive immigration reform. Translation: Nothing will get done this year.

The president acknowledges that the nation's immigration system is "broken," yet criticizes Arizona's new law - saying it undermines "fundamental principles that define us as a nation." Portions of the Arizona law are word for word the same as the federal law which is ignored year after year.

Mr. Obama promised immigration reform during his first year in office. We're now approaching the midway point of his second year. Even some Democrats are getting tired of waiting for the president to do something.

The president has suggested that there's not an appetite in Congress for another fiery debate in an election year; and just yesterday his press secretary said that there's not enough support to move forward. Except in the country… where there is huge support for doing something.

One Democratic Senator is asking Arizona to delay implementing its immigration law for a one year. New York Senator Chuck Schumer - in an act of great chutzpah - tells Arizona governor Jan Brewer the delay would give Congress a chance to pass a federal law, which would be more effective than Arizona's. Brewer says: No way.

She, like the rest of us, has been lied to before. They want another year to do nothing... so they can campaign for the midterms without having to explain to the voters why they refuse to do anything meaningful about border security and illegal immigration.

They're not even any good at covering up their real motives anymore.

Here’s my question to you: How seriously do you take the president and Congress when it comes to immigration reform?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rick writes:
Congress has no intention of doing anything about illegal immigration, other than legalizing all the illegals. They know the citizens are against that, so they do nothing! Every state needs to copy the Arizona law, and every state needs to apply it. It's time for the citizens to get some action from someone, even if it has to be the states, individually.

Mike writes:
I think what the president and the Democrats are doing is that they are trying to string the Hispanics along, just so they can say that they are "doing" something about immigration, when they are actually not doing anything at all.

Bob in Pennsylvania writes:
The country does not want reform; they want the border closed and our laws enforced.

Alex in Washington writes:
Not very seriously. There are more votes and money for both sides in maintaining the status quo. Taking any action will lose voters for those with the courage to act. Any path towards citizenship will be vilified as amnesty and any crackdown on illegal aliens will alienate (No pun intended) Hispanic voters. So, as usual, nothing will get done.

Michael in Phoenix writes:
I don't take them seriously. The government has failed us over and over. If they do come up with a new policy, it will be the inverse of what the people want. It will cause more problems and there won't be any funding for it.

Lillian in Tucson writes:
I hope Pres. Obama takes this topic seriously and with responsibility. We are living a nightmare in Arizona: people leaving the state, families suffering and afraid of what will happen. This situation can not continue like it is... The Hispanic community says: Today we march, tomorrow we'll vote. We are not one, we're not hundreds, we're not thousands; WE ARE MILLIONS.

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soundoff (195 Responses)
  1. Kathie

    since he and Washington on unwilling to enforce the laws re: immigration already on the book I do not believe he is really engaged in securing our borders and stopping these illegals from crossing the border. all he and any politician is interested in is obtaining votes to serve their own self interests!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  2. ben in MD

    I think he's very serious. The Arizona law will put the GOP on the defensive in such a debate. Even if the bill does not become law before the Nov elections, it will be a boost to democrats almost everywhere except in tea country. They can paint the GOP as too white, too rich and too insensitive to the common people.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  3. OBDAG from Appleton, WI

    I don't think the president is as serious about immigration reform as he indicated on the campaign trail which is unfortunate. It is my thought that the majority of Americans would prefer he be extremely serious about immigration reform. My guess is that they would like him to be as active in that negotiation as he was with the health care reform since it will prove to be just about as difficult to pass in Congress.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  4. Esteban Reyes

    From McHenry County, IL

    I got two words, lip service.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  5. Christian

    I think President Obama is somewhat serious. I think he's serious to the point where he knows the new Arizona Immigration law affects not only latinos, but all minorities. But I also think he's not so serious, because if he was it would have been a higher priority; I think he's being a smart politician. I am pro-Obama and I hope the Democrats can pass comprehensive Immigratin Reform this year, even after the mid-term elections.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  6. Christian

    The ideal Immigration Reform is to grant amnesty to illegal aliens that has had children born in the US and deport the other illegals. Then we strengthen our borders by placing US troops on the border along with a moat. The moat sounds silly, but it'll work better than what we're doing now.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  7. Greg in PA

    First of all Jack you have to assume that I even take that Obama character seriously to begin with, well I don't. That being said the only people who are taking immigration seriously are the wonderful folks of the Arizona State Legislature and their lovely governor. Actions speak, words are just noise and Obama well he is just a noisemaker....and I wish he would just shut up!

    May 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  8. bob z fr ,pa.

    the country does not want reform they want the border closed and our laws enforced

    May 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  9. Philip

    He would certainly like the illegals votes, and he would love to have this as a diversion to his other problems in office. The problem is all of his diversions turn out to be problems. I don't think he can handle much more so unless congress itself can get it done, he doesn't want to deal with it.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  10. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Not serious enough. Obama and Congress must realize that people who love "soft methods" and hate iniquity often forget this, - that "reform" consists of "taking a bone from a dog". Philosophy will not do it.

    May 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  11. Ed from California

    Pres. Obama is doing a great job so far and I'm glad I voted for him. I don't think he sees the impact of what illegal immigration or for that matter outsourcing has done to our own middle class workers, or even to our own minimum wage workers.
    IF, we could get all of our outsourced jobs back, and if all of American is working again. I don't think any one would care less about any undocumented worker or their families working here in America.
    Less than twenty years ago when jobs were plentiful, was this topic in the news? No, it was not.
    Now today everyone is scrambling for work, so it's dog-eat-dog! If you're illegally you can't vote. So why protect them?

    May 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  12. Albert K. in Los Angeles, CA

    Jack, Obama can’t unite America on immigration reform during an election year because Republicans use hate campaigns to razzle-dazzle white swing-voters against Gays, Mexican Americans and other so called “minorities,” who often are the per-capita majority awarded medals during war. Obama would have a better chance enacting a Wall Street criminal profile of middle-aged white males dressed in suits, work in skyscrapers, and vote for Republicans.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  13. John from Alabama

    Jack: I think is very serious about immigration reform, but health care reform took to long to accomplish. President Obama has been very busy with oil well spills, supreme cout candidate, and national security issues. Immigration reform has a great deal to do with national security. How many illegal immigrants are in America? How to reform immigration so it is fair for those trying to enter this nation legally? What are the wishes of the majority of Americans about immigration reform? This will be hard to do accomplish in the first term of President Obama.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  14. Bert Oak view, CA

    He is not serious at all if he keeps fuelling the fire by calling people who disagree with him as miss-guided. Unfortunately, this time he is the one who is miss-guided.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  15. Bill

    Thanks Jack,

    It is always nice to end the week with a good laugh.

    Charlotte NC

    May 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  16. Johnny l Hatfield

    I don't know but everyone should be very serious about immigration and the effect its having on this country.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  17. George in NM

    They will become serious right after the 2010 elections.Until then, we can expect no real progress-just promises.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  18. David Alexandria, VA

    I think they seriously want to resolve this ugly issue. But, I also think that they are seriously emired in their lust to capture votes for the next 50 years based on theri approach. If they were really serious, they would be unanimously calling for sealing the border to enforce our laws. And they would provide a "path to citizenship" which would not produce a voter for either party for 20 years

    May 7, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  19. S, Michigan

    Did you just use congress and serious in same sentence?

    May 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  20. jerseylou

    Pres.Obama is as serious as Bush was;i hate to say this but he needs to close all the Borders and ship the illegals back home temporarily,that also goes for those sneaking in from Canada.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  21. Mack from Michigan

    Jack I cannot believe Congress or the President are serious about any serious immigration reform. The Democrats don't have the guts to alienate the Spanish speaking voting bloc that can swing close elections their way. The republicans are too beholden to their corporate masters to do anything that would threaten their cheap and subservient labor pool. There may be a reform bill passed but it will be a toothless, meaningless political grandstanding event.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  22. Liz, Los Angeles, CA

    I do not take them seriously at all; they walk the walk but they don't talk the talk. Somebody determined that immigrants are MORE LIKELY to vote democrat, so the president and congress are pre-protecting a dream they dearly want to come true. Seeing last night that PA, hardly a border state, is considering Arizona-like legislation, I was encouraged to think that the dream bubble might burst.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  23. Edwin A Hoffman

    Cedar City, Utah

    Not serious at all. Neither of the parties have been serious about reform. The DEMs only want to do an amnesty and nothing mush else because they do not want to anger their main base of latinos.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  24. Brian Smith Ph.D.

    This is a classic slippery slope. First, it is revoke citizenship for terrorism. Then next it is revoke citizenship for being part of an ethnic group or religion. Then some other thing, et cetera, et cetera. No no… once you are American, then you have your rights,… period. Sadly, this whole thing is a knee jerk reaction by Members of Congress. Just anything to get face time on TV to make it appear to be doing something about terrorism.

    San Diego CA

    May 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  25. Terry

    I really dont think the congress and going to take it serusly, but that a monster behind that million of mexicans that we are here, we need to be residents so we can pay taxes to not be scared to be around ,help our community, etc, etc. hope they will take it seriusly, so we can be free..

    My biggest concern and that of my children is that ,they will stay here if I'm deported, and this problem is millions of moms and kids here in the USA is that we separated from our children, thats happening already in all the latin familys, KIDS AND MOMS ARE SCARED TO BE SEPARED..!! the wrost thing its that its happening..dont you think that those kids will grow hating this country if they are sepperated of their parents..those are Big truamas!!

    Another problem, its that why if a latin kid has made all his school here in usa, and he apply to community college, and why does he have to pay like a mexican one, triple the money, they cant affort that.
    i get scared to write my city and state 🙁 but near the border. 🙁
    even if he shows the mexican consular id that he lives here...

    thanks you so much!!

    May 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  26. Shane in Boston

    I really couldn't give a damn if there's an appetite or not for a fiery debate in Congress over a controversial issue that needs the immediate attention of the elected leaders of this country. If this subject hasn't been worked on in the house or senate by their summer break, then, I am for the President calling an emergency session of Congress, which just happens to begin the day of their summer recess, to get something done. I don't care if its another billion dollars to repair the holes in the fence or to train 1,000 new Border Patrol Agents. Something needs to be done, and it needs to be done now. These sallies who are more concerned over their own futures rather than the future and stability of this country need to show us all something, rather than just the same old Washington politics.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  27. •BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa

    You just asked a question very similar to this, Jack. My answer then was close enough. Today, there's no energy to spare, so contrary to the lengthy comments that I usually submit, where no stone is left unturned, I will simply say that I think they're all serious about it; Democrats want to get it done, & Republicans are hell-bent on keeping everything as it was in the bad old days, when Cheney was President.

    Have a good weekend.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  28. san jose Ca

    They will do nothing except talk. Republican's friends need them for cheap labor and Democrates want the vote of hispanics. Washington will never follow Arizonas lead regardless of the will of the people.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  29. steve o

    When are they going to get off their high horse with them riding the backs of illegals? Never. All parties love cheap labor, they love receiving the votes of minorities that support illegals and business's love not hiring anyone that asks for liviable wages.
    They will become serious when someone else spills American blood because they hate America, if the politicians love this country they'll start with laws that send everyone not here legally to their home nation, and tell the supporters of illegal immigration you have no legal voice to oppose the law.
    Politicians in this country are weak and really have no heart to defend America by getting immigrants out of America.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  30. Brian Smith Ph.D.

    Congress nor Obama will ever do anything about immigration. If they did the big businesses that hires the illegals will pull their campaign support. So Nope, then won’t take it seriously and nothing will be done. Too bad big business owns Congress and the Whitehouse.

    San Diego

    May 7, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  31. jeff

    when pigs fly. When law enforcement can't even enforce our existing laws on immigration for fear of backlash. Why should they reform , the global corportations, like Bill Gates, wouldn't be able to get cheap labor

    May 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  32. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    My hope is that they proceed, since it is the right thing to do and it will show the true nature of some of the Tea Party movement. Action is needed, even in the face of those who, quite wrongly, would use the economy as an excuse to not get this done. Taking people out of the shadows makes them less vulnerable to exploitation and will actually make it easier for American workers to compete for those jobs now done by undocumented immigrants. Ending right to work laws and generally beefing up worker protection will also help level the playing field for the American worker, since given the choice between hiring an American unionized worker and an immigrant unionized worker, the American will win.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  33. Joe CE

    They don't understand that the public does not want more "reform" before the borders are secured & there is a cracjdown on eplotative employeers (a crackdown is would resolve most of the problem). McCain finally understood this while trying to be elected or reeleted), Dems need to wake up and stop offer clones to the failed 1986 Amnesty.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  34. Bob in Tampa, Fl

    The President, very seriously. Congress, doubtful at best.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  35. Plain truth

    Not very seriously when it comes to enforcing illegal immigration. There are too many greedy business operators out there who want to hire illegals and treat them like slaves. The only thing that needs to be done and will cure all illegal immigration is to find the businesses who hire them, fine them, revoke their business license and throw them in prison for 2- 5 years. If this is done you wont even need border guards or a fence. In order to fill the labor gap wages will be raised and our middle class will have money to spend, Economy will be fixed as well

    May 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  36. bud rupert

    Just like everyhting else – when it's a political football it ranks in the NO confidence catagory. And even when a bill is passed it's so watered down and compromised to death that you have no idea if it has made things better or worse. Example: health Care. We have no clue whether it will turn out to be a disaster or not

    Frankly speaking Jack I'm getting to the point that I'm doubting whether this political system we have "loved" for 200+ years is really ALL THAT. I mean-I get it. Issues should be argued and argued again and again..But the end game should be WHAT WORKS not just what is passable in Congress.... I guess it's too much to ask for.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  37. Tracey in Tx

    Not too seriously unless they or their loved ones are impacted by the out of control crime.Border security (both northern and southern) should have been a priority after 9/11.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  38. Ryan in Galesburg, IL

    I think we should take the President's decision to deal with responsible immigration reform a hell of a lot more seriously than that of the short-sighted clowns in Arizona.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  39. Rob in Brooklyn

    first of all we should be using the laws on the books already . And if the new laws smell of amnesty you can forget it. Chuck Schumer is a schmuck and an opportunist . He doesn't care about illegals . He cares about having his face in public. The man has done nothing for NY'ers

    May 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  40. JLS , Rochelle, IL

    How can the president and democrat controlled Congress be taken seriously when their definition of immigration reform is amnesty?
    The majority of illegals lack a high school education and have no marketable skills. We can not continue to import poverty and pay benefits to illegals.....this nation is broke!
    Let the illegals go back to wherever the hell they came from and feed from their government's trough. I'm as sick of paying for them as I am of bailing out Wall Street billionaires!

    May 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  41. Rebecca

    I am hoping that immigration reform is taken seriously and that something is done by congress this year. Obama should live up to his promise asap so that other states don't follow the path Arizona did and implement laws that are reactionary instead of prudent.

    – Santa Ana, CA

    May 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  42. Dennis north Carolina

    this is a problem that will not be cured over night. our laws are out dated and need to be repaired or brought up to date. but they should be enforced until that time comes. if congress and the president allow illegal aliens become citizens with out due process and penalties then they should be charge with treason because the founding fathers did not give them the power to give our country away to people from other countries because they do not like the way their country is run.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  43. Lillian Vasquez (Tucson, AZ)

    I hope President Obama takes this topic seriously and with responsability. We are living a nightmare in Arizona. People leaving the state, families suffering and afraid of what will happen. This situation can not continue like it is.
    I've heard hispanic children saying that they would love to become President of the US to protect their families and live in peace.
    Hispanic comunnity says: Today we march, tomorrow we'll vote.
    We are not one, we're not hundreds, we're not thousands; WE ARE MILLIONS.

    May 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  44. Mr D

    Immigration reform equals votes-gaining or losing. It is a crap shoot for the politicians. They all seem to think doing nothing will lead to a lower loss of votes for their political parties. Meanwhile, the states are getting fed up with the procrastination and will continue to take action in the absence of anything meaningful from Washington.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  45. mike

    I think what the president and the dems are doing is that they are trying to string the hispanics along, just so they can say that they are "doing" something about immigration, when they are actually not doing anything at all. It's like that carrot on the end of the stick which the rabbit (or is it a donkey?) will never get to eat.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  46. CARLOS

    Not at all. This is an important issue that should be tackle from Day One in 2009. This Administration is playing politics( bad politics, by the way)

    May 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  47. Pete

    Since there is a federal immigration law already, I do not see any efforts that will improve upon it. The problem lies with enforcement. The main motivation for reform in the form of making it easy for illegal immigrants to become citizens, is to gain votes for upcoming elections. Since more people see this for what it is, I do not see the current administration testing these waters. Hopefully the administration will put efforts toward improving enforcement, and spend time protecting the rights of American citizens, rather than spending their time protecting the rights of the illegal aliens.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  48. Rick McDaniel

    The key there, Jack.....is the LIES!

    Congress has no intention of doing anything about illegal immigration, other than legalizing all the illegals.

    They know the CITIZENS are against that......so they do NOTHING!

    Every state needs to copy the AZ law, and every state needs to apply it. Time for the CITIZENS, to get some action from someone, even if it has to be the states, individually.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  49. KDS Irvine, CA

    I don't take anything serious that comes out of the mouths of the president and Congress. Their just upset because they can't fix illegal immigration on their terms, and can't campaign on it in November. Kudos to Arizona for taking the initiative!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  50. Kevin of San Diego

    He is serious if he can give amnesty to 14 million illegal people coming here from Mexico so that his supporters can make a percent off of handing out the handouts! If it has to do with sealing off the border with a real barrier to entering the USA illegally he could care less.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  51. Wisconsin Don

    Obama doesn't look at it as immigration reform. To him it is voter solicitation.

    Wisconsin Don
    Racine Wisconsin

    May 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  52. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Seriously? I think they will need to run a few more polls to find out how immigration reform will effect their re-election, then establish a blue ribbon committee to look at the results, have that committee report to a bi-partisan commission with recommendations of opportunities for improvements and have a deadline of reporting back to congress the day AFTER the November elections.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  53. John from San Antonio

    There is not enough support for only one reason. They must be very careful not to enact something that will interfere with this cheap labor corporations are getting. The fact that there is overwhelming support among the citizens proves congress serves their masters, corporate executives, and not the citizens. How long will it take us to figure out the "Republicrats" do not serve us.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  54. perry jones

    not..... they arnt going to fix this nither side would gain from it the way it is they can pander for votes.....as long as some one sees a problem there will be a way for some one to profett

    perry jones
    Council Bluffs Ia

    May 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  55. Kevin in CA

    We should take Congress & the Administration with the same seriousness that they have had toward immigration over the last 20+ years.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  56. Mark, Oklahoma City

    If we let everybody in, we are just doing it so we won't be called racists. If we keep the "illegal invaders" out, then we are called racists.
    So, what the hell, let's just let everyone on the planet who wants to move here just come on over and see how long it takes this country to drop to 3rd world status!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  57. lizbeth Godoy

    From my respective, the president is no taking this serious in many ways. First, there are millions of people in this country undocumented who work everyday as every American in this country to feed famiy, to put food on their tables to survive the routine of everyday life. Those people, contributed a lot to this economy, many of those people pay taxes every year, young and adults go to school, have dreams to succeed in this great country, but what is the system doing destroying those new dreamers? Many of those young people, have better academic standing, want to go school, but they can't. It's unfortunate to see so many injustice upon those people only because they are undocumented. The land is everybody as the bible says, ofcourse there are laws and rules to follow, but how can they even follow if they are denying it the opportunity to fit in? we need urgently an immigration reform because it will also be a benefit to the goverment, we have to be realistc they need the money, so they have to do something!!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  58. Peter, Tarrytown ,NY

    Hey Jack. I have an Idea that will solve the immigration issue, obesity and unemplyment with one bold stroke. Round up all the illegals and send them back. Replace them with the unemployed obese. Think about it the illegals are gone, the obese lose weight and our employment number drop to nearly nothing. It's a win-win for everyone concerned

    May 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  59. Ed from MD

    Doesn't really matter. If they federal government refuses to do the will of the people the states still may, rendering the federal government irrelevant. God bless America

    May 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  60. Lori - PA


    I don't take them seriously at all. Especially when they are criticizing Arizona for passing a law that is largely based on already passed federal legislation. I hope Arizona's governor continues to say no to Washington and impliments the immigration law. If our elected officals would have just done the job they are supposed to be doing, and not catering to corporations, this wouldn't even be an issue.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  61. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Not serious at all. The President and the Congress better develop an appetite for what the American want and deserve whether it is an election year or not. The more the people get jazzed around the more likelyhood that new representatives will be going to Washington and doing what the people demand. The States are already thumbing their noses at the DC crowd and rightfully so!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  62. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Was hoping that you'd ask a question concerning the kids sent home in California for wearing the American flag colors on some Cinco day. I thought kids went to school to learn not be punished for supporting the American flag. I guess they could have worn a nazi symbol and been permitted to attend class. What does this say about our future?

    May 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  63. Russ in PA

    Sure, as if we can trust either party to secure our borders, end anchor baby citizenship, and put a stop to welfare for illegal immigrans in general. Sure, when donkeys fly... Both parties stand to gain too much to truly reform the system, otherwise we wouldn't be talking about this again and again...

    May 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  64. Jack, Niceville

    I doubt they will do anything because this is an election year. After the Obamacare debacle, the Democrats is congess are terrified of doing anything controversial and losing their precious seats and all the perks that go with them. Of course, this is probably a good thing. As bad as the situation is, I'm sure Congress and Obama would only make it worse!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  65. Abused Citizen

    It is unclear whether "comprehensive immigration reform" will focus on what is best for American citizens and their country or whether it is "code" for amnesty with the terms and conditions dictated by foreign nationals.
    Our corrupt President and corrupt Congress can only be counted on to do what suits their personal interests or those they have been paid to represent.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  66. John

    He won't do anything. We need secure boarder and immigration reform. He pushed health care reform through without 1 republican and the people didn't and still don't want that, they want immigration reform and secure boarders and nothing will get done. The pres says all the right things and does all the wrong things can't wait to vote him out as quick as I voted him in!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  67. Ozgur from Bloomington, MN

    I don't think any of them are very serious. Regardless of Obama's promises to do something about it, everyone in Congress and in the Oval Office has had an opportunity to do something about it, and they have done nothing–including Obama before his presidency. Lawmakers are too interested in reelection to actually go out on a limb and risk unpopular decisions. Why don't we have term limits for them as well as for the presidency?

    May 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  68. Jerry

    Jack, we don't need to reform our immigration laws we need to get Mexico to enforce our laws by taking responsibility for the individuals that they allow to immigrate to the US whether by legal or illegal means.

    I think that this problem could be simply solved by not allowing any future legal immigration into the US until the illegal immigration is stopped. The US currently gives Mexico approx. 200K legal slots per year in addition to the number of illegal immigrants that come into the country.

    If we simply count the illegal immigrants against this number of legal slots then at the least we will decrease the total immigration into the US by the amount of the allocation. I think that it would also put the burden back onto Mexico to control their borders since it would be the decision of the Mexican government as to who they are going to allow to use the slots allocated to them, if they chose to let illegal immigrants use those slots then so be it but they should not be rewarded with legal slots in addition to the illegal immigration.

    As far as the illegal immigrants already in the US, simply have them come out of the shadows so that they cannot be exploited and again use the legal slots to move them to a path for citizenship, of course at approx. 10M illegal immigrants already in the US it would take about 50 years worth of slots to get them all legal but there again this would be Mexico's decision if they allowed them into our country to begin with.

    I think that if Mexico realizes that there will be NO legal immigration as long as the illegal immigration continues that the Mexican government will soon address the problem.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  69. Byron, Atlanta

    They just want a re-run of the amnesty farce in 1986.

    They'll give lip-service to border enforcement and sanctions on employers who hire illegals, then they'll give all 20 million illegals amnesty and all social benefits to be paid for by the taxpayers.

    This is EXACTLY what happened in 1986.

    Personally, I'd like to see it turned around. Secure the border, sanction employers hiring illegals, and eliminate benefits to illegals FIRST.

    Wait 5 years to see how it works. Then have an INDEPENDENT commission verify that the flow of illegals has stopped.

    At that point, I might CONSIDER some kind of guest worker program for any illegals still here.

    But not citizenship, or even a green card. Something like a temporary work visa renewable every 2 years.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  70. Denis Duffy

    The President and congress are political cowards. We have laws and they refuse to carry them out. Should we allow our elected representatives to say, "Oh, we don't like that federal law today, so we won't enforce it". The President and congress were elected to protect and defend our borders and our safety. If they can't do it, let them immigrate to Mexico. Mexico has immigration laws that they enforce.

    Denis Duffy
    Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  71. Kenneth Jehling, Frisco, Texas

    The Dems want 13M more votes as soon as they can get them, but amnesty is really unpopular now as it was the last time with McCain and Kennedy. Despite all the protests a large majority of the country wants the border sealed first, and thinks the Arizona law is ok or even soft.

    The GOP does not want to alienate all the Hispanic vote before the 2010 election so they can safely keep saying seal the border first (as some Dems are also saying) knowing it won't get done by this administration at least in the short run.

    This is all political.

    Nobody really cares about the people of Arizona or the other border states when it comes to this problem-so nothing will be done.

    Shame on the US Congress and the President.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  72. AkCoyote

    The only thing that the current crop of lunatics in Washington want from immigration reform is more democrat voters and they know that to give amnesty now would be worse than the furor over the healthcare bill. BO is putting the Hispanic vote in HIS bank for the 2012 elections.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  73. Marlene

    "Parts of the AZ law are the same as federal law", so what! It's the parts that are not the same that are troubling. I'm encouraged by the economic boycotts and consequences for the State of Arizona. So what if their citizens are mad, so are citizens in every state of the union over the economic mess "Wall Street" made of the American economy. Do we now need 50 states to pass their own law to fix the problem. Wake up people, be mad and angry at the federal government, until you want their help. The political atmosphere is so troubling that elected officials are damned if they do and damned if they don't. The same Arizona tea party folks don't want "big government", but they want federal immigration enforcement. Typical, we don't need you, until we want you. Marlene in Mich

    May 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  74. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    It is the Congress that introduce us to Mr. Obama. Its is the people that voted for him. It is Obama that will go to the Congress for an immigration reform bill, not the other way around. And it is the congress that will make the decision, as mostly everything else. The power in this administration is in the hand of the Congress, not the President.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  75. Shari

    I don't take Congress seriously on anything these days, even though I do agree with their wanting the AZ law to be stopped. I believe that the AZ law will lead to more crime happening as police are expected to enforce this law and the time they spend making sure they aren't profiling will take away time that should be spent on preventing or catching robbers, drunk drivers, murderers et al.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  76. Hubert Ward

    Pres & Congress (Dems) anyway are serious because some elected leaders are beginning to get it........do your job make the hard choices as best you can which is why you asked us to vote for you and send you to Wash in the first place or look for another job!

    Immigration is difficult no doubt, but illegal’s & citizens both deserve & demand NOW that a decision is made before Nov or pay the price regardless of party!

    Hubert in Ga

    May 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  77. Michael in Phoenix

    I don’t take them seriously. The government has failed us over and over. If they do come up with a new policy it will the inverse of what the people want. It will cause more problems and there won’t be any funding for it.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  78. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    Not very seriously. There are more votes and money for BOTH sides in maintaining the status quo. Taking any action will lose voters for those with the courage to act. Any path towards citizenship will be vilified as amnesty and any crackdown on illegal aliens will alienate (No pun intended.) Hispanic voters. So, as usual, nothing will get done.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  79. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, anyone who does NOT take this President and Congress seriously when it comes to granting amnesty to 13 million criminals, and allowing them to become citizens, is insane. The people of this country better open their eyes and stop being fooled by Washington double-speak. What the President and his staff are saying is that they can't get the votes right now to grant amnesty, so they'll wait until later when the votes are there. What Chuck Schumer and all the other activists are saying is they want these illegal criminals as citizens, and they will do anything it takes to protect them. Wake up America!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  80. Lynda from NC

    Not very seriously at all – judging by how quickly politicians started to complain about Arizona trying to protect itself this is way too political of a topic to ever have anything effective happen. God forbid we risk offending the illegal immigrants while trying to get them out of the country!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  81. Jim Roanoke, Va

    Empty promises!!! that's all they give us. you don't needs laws to stop people from coming across our boarders. No other country in the world lets people come into their country illegally without more severe consequences than we do.This must stop!!!Then,we can have reform.O'bama ,you need to wake up.!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  82. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    There is no appetite for it because Obama used up all his political capital on a piece of garbage healthcare bill that the majority of Americans did not think was one of the more pressing problems. We do have a national crisis when it comes to illegal immigration and we cannot continue to devolve into a welfare state. We have a process to become a citizen, and we already have federal laws on the books that say the same thing as Arizona's law. We do not need an amnesty bill from Congress. We need the President to give ICE the power ot enforce the laws. This is something Obama can take care of in an afternoon with a phonecall if he wants.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  83. Wally

    Getting tired of waiting for Obama to do something about Immigration? Don't you think he's had alot on his plate since he took office? Or were the Republicans right that he was taking on too much...except when it comes to Immigration Reform? President Obama gets things done and he'll get Immigration Reform done too.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  84. Ken connecticut

    How can I take them seriously when we have good immigration laws already in place. Go through the system like every immigrant has done to become a legal citizen. Obviously , they feel that if they enforce these laws it will make matters worse. Will they tell us why? Oh no- it is politically unwise to do so. If they open their heart so that the American people will get understanding, that's the right thing to do. But what do we get? You can answer that!

    May 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  85. Denizen Kate

    I expect they'll handle it about as well as health care reform.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  86. Maria

    I take them as seriously as rabbits who say they always practice contraception.



    May 7, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  87. Arssath Uthumalebbe

    I lost my well supported job back in December 2009 due to my immigration status. I was working for a reputed company over 8 years. My loosing job put me on very hardship. Mr. President really need to do some thing. But at this point I can't beleive no one.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  88. Mel from Carlisle, PA

    I believe they are pretty serious. The President has to respond to how people feel about the new immigration law, hence why he is criticizing it. Perhaps he does believe there needs to be a reform; just in a way that makes everybody happy.

    This takes time but something has to happen and quick before these immigration laws get out of date. I believe we'll see some big immigration reform sooner than later.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  89. kent, nj

    Obama and congress are not interested in immigration reform, but rather amnesty for all. Reforming the system means dealing with the problem, and they of course do not want to deal with the problem. All we hear is it's too hard to remove the illegals, it's too hard to put troops on the border, it's too hard to ask for proper ID, and it's too hard to fine employers 25,000 per day for every illegal found working at a business. EPA fines are 25,000 per day per violation no matter how minor so why is it too hard to fine business for hiring illegals. This country was able to survive without millions of illegals for 200 years now all we hear from politicians is that the whole country will collapse if we don't have illegals working in construction, agriculture, hospitals, food service, hotels, and government contracting.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  90. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    The Federal Government is NOT "playing catch-up" with Arizona... Their law, as written appears to be unconstitutional.
    The fact that "Portions of the Arizona law are word for word the same as the federal law which is ignored year after year" (as you wrote) is virtually irrelevant. BECAUSE the rest seems to be UNCONSTITUTIONAL... Kind of like saying "the cake SHOULD taste like grandmas, I used part of her recipe and added some mud and stuff."
    Now, getting past the hyperbole, Congress COULD take it upon themselves to write a law and the President COULD take it upon himself to deliver a law to Congress, so in that light, they are failing us yet again (but they DO have a lot on their plate).
    They are politicians, I don't expect them to do any more than we demand.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  91. Michael

    Obama is only serious about one thing and one thing only- amnesty.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  92. Michael Roepke - Dallas

    How serious has this administration been on Health reform? On financial regulation? On stimulus? On Gays in the military? For the first time since LBJ we have an administration that is putting the country's long term health before their re-election campaigns. For years we have been demanding that government did something. Now that they are we seem to want them to stop. Hopefully, Americans will realize that we finally have honorable representatives who are getting the job done.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:44 pm |

    As much as I would love the immigration reform to pass, it's all talk so the president can look like he's the good guy. After he shoved Health care down our throats, I'm pretty sure anything is possible. But to the president, it isn't, he just wants votes and then another few years of lying. The government is no longer for the people of this country.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  94. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    The president has always been serious about immigration reform. If you saw the CNN interview of the Arizona Sheriff of Pima County, Clarence Dupnik, you know that law enforcement officials not running for Governor, or other higher office, oppose Brewer's charade and election year stunt. It is another Republican con. If Obama called their bluff again they would filibuster again. How many times can the public be suckered?

    May 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  95. Ron

    Jack you nailed it on the first paragraph. He is not interested at all on immigration. Needles to say this issue implies the strenghtening of our national security. It appears it is more like a bothering issue for him.....YET not only he seems to ignore his promise but for what he stood for in his campaign......that is immigration = the american dream.......Furthermore, not only the gov failed to enforce the law but the citizens so we are all at fault. Last, we created wealth out of the illegals, expoited them and now some people want to get rid of them......very unamerican..........so far he is a dissapointment on this issue. He is truning out to be the opposite he appeared to be at first. let's hope Iam wrong and he does the right thing.......even Bush did stick his neck out..................that was a breave thing for Bush unlike Obama......

    May 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  96. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    My hat is off to Arizona. What the congress and the President may do regarding immigration will be serious damage and insult to legal immigrants and American citizens. There need be no immigration reform, there needs to be law enforcement reform regarding illegals entering the country from anywhere. When the gallons of ink dry whatever they do will be as valuable as Healthcare reform. I've got a headache from this three ring circus.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  97. christine

    I am taking them very serious if they are trully trying deal with the issue unlike unrealistic wackos like you who only thinks that deporting 12 million peole will solve the problem. I woder what will happen to our economy if only 1 million of them are deported. Why don't you do your investigation on ilegal immigration than spewing a senseless right wing talking points that will get us no where. We need to secure our borders, go after employers knowingly hiring illegals, give some work authorization to people that are already here and seriously enforce the laws after 6 months of the passage. To think that law abiding good people that have been here for over 10 years will be deported will be inhumane. Get serious, Jack.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  98. Richard McKinney, Texas

    I am certain they are serious about doing nothing until after the midterm elections and possibly not even after them. If congress was serious they would have done something years ago. If Obama was serious he would have done what he said he was going to do about immigration in his first year. Since neither congress nor this president have done anything that the majority of Americans has wanted done yet I am not holding my breath that they ever will.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  99. Fred, Montello, Nevada

    Not at all. Zero. Nadda. Zip.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  100. RichP, easton, pa

    Not at all, why expect reform to work when they won't even enforce what we have. There is money involved here, that is usually the deciding factor for government to act or not.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  101. Martin C

    The SB1070 bill is not what it appears to be, for starters the problem with the Arizona/Mexico border is not a new one it's been the same for many years now, but why now should such a hot ticket item come to the forefront of the chit-chat, 3 words come to mind,(MID-TERM ELECTION), i live in Phoenix and it really is'nt like what the media is portraying it to be, true there is violence, but it not all down to Latino, but yet that is what the media insist on telling the world, Yes there is real problems at the border, but the one question that i do have is this,If the Governor of Arizona has the power to enact the National Guard to the border, why has'nt she ? after all according to her that is where the problem is, so instead of doing the obvious she empowers the local P.D to do what is nessessary to capture illegals in the cities and towns, that to me is backward, how bout you ? and the other thing that i find especially strange is the McCain/Kyl 10 point plan to secure the border, it's on the local T.V every night and it's hilarious, in one ad you have this former Sheriff in a ten gallon hat saying that he supports the ten point plan ( of which he only gives 3 ), but here's the real funny part, John McCain and the GOP had 8 years to do something with the Arizona border, but yet failed to lift a finger, it seems that with the mid-terms looming it might be a good time to tell the good people of Arizona, we're on the job, GIVE ME A BREAK, this whole SB1070 has been designed just for political gain, you can bet your bottom dollar that if there were no mid-terms this year, you would'nt hear a peep out of them, now just see if i'm right.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  102. Jim in Alabama

    Not very seriously Jack. First of all, you have those who pander to hispanics for votes and these will not support immigration reform and then you have those who will support immigration reform due to the fact that most Americans feel that the immigration issue needs to be addressed and want to be on the "people's side." The catch is HOW will immigration be reformed. Are those illegals already in the country are going to be arrested and deported? Are families going to be broken up? Is the bill going to contain temporary worker permit and finally, is a path for citizenship going be included. All these issues will effect whether this issue is going to be addressed or put on the back burner again. The steps that Arizona took may be the catalist that determines whether the Feds feel enough pressure to act or not. If not, the states may take this issue up on their own which will irk the feds and prompt them to action.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  103. Don (Belleville, Ontario)

    Both the President and Congress are paralyzed by the fear of losing votes by taking a stand and thereby antagonizing anyone. They must genuinely believe that doing nothing on everything will lose them the least votes.
    They are so afraid of immigration reform that they do not even want to mention the competing issues. I would be interested to learn the issues in some detail so that I can make an informed decision.
    The only conclusion I can reach is that American politicians are all worse than useless.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  104. ed

    it is known that obama feels there isnt the the interest with elections
    coming up and so with congress – so no i cant take any said position
    as serious.– but if 2 or 3 more states enact a simular bill it will boost
    the interest in doing something -

    May 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  105. Rich

    I take no one in politics seriously at this point whatsoever. Mr. Obama, like many Presidents before him have lied, and distorted the truth to suit his agenda. I have completely lost faith in both the Democrat, and Republican parties, and have no use for them at this point. I will either vote Libertarian, or as much as i hate to say it, not vote at all in the coming elections.

    I believe these people are completely out of control, and I personally believe that if we stand any chance whatsoever to regain some form of honor regarding this country... then we need to remove every single one of these liars, and criminals from the Senate, House and White House. Time to start over ladies and gentlemen... these clowns have had more than enough time to show us they are even remotely concerned with its citizens, and their respective futures.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  106. Terry in Chandler, AZ

    I would say Congress is about as serious on immigration reform as I am about terminatingmy consumption of chocolate.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  107. Kat in Tx

    Not at all or not take steps that are effective.

    States will have to continue to take action on their own. Efforts will increase in order to cut costs and avoid bankruptcy.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  108. Gary H. Boyd

    The folks at the White House and on Capital Hill are not serious at all about immigration reform. They are marching to their own drumbeat. That it ignores the fact that over 60% nationally and 70% in Arizona want such reform, is beside the point. They have their own agenda and it has nothing to do with what the people of America want. Our government is out of touch so, come November we, the people, must put them out of office permanently. Those clowns in the administration and congress have no idea the anger that's out there.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    May 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  109. Bev

    Not very serious Jack. How dare he focus on trivial things like the economy, and healthcare and leave out more important hings like immigration reform...How dare they.... By the way is there any way that CNN anchors can call the president by his name PRESIDENTObama and not MR Obama. The man earned tHE title! Let's show some respect.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  110. altaloman

    Immigration reform will go nowhere in an Obama Administration because the issue, if resolved in favor of legal immigration, will so divide and polarize the electorate that the Democrats will be too afraid of a backlash from their base.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  111. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, Congress & the President cannot be taken seriously with respect to "immigration reform." The only "reform" they have in mind is to allow criminal aliens to suddenly become "legal." Any program designed to let the current crop of criminal aliens become citizens should REQUIRE them to apply in their home country! They have no right to jump the queue of those waiting patiently to immigrate here LEGALLY! True reform is needed. If you wanted to see some real complaints, picture what would happen if the U.S. were to adopt the immigration laws of Mexico! And they have the gall to complain about the treatment of their citizens who break the law to come here!!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  112. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    I trust all the politicians in D.C., Democrats and Republicans, as far as I can throw them. If they are serious about getting reelected, they would think twice and jump on the Arizona bandwagon. Over 60% of the American people think that state's new law is either just right or doesn't go far enough, and I am one liberal "Democrat" who is among that number. I am so fed up with the rhetoric of Congress and the President. Fix the border first then worry about finding a place in line for the 12 million illegal immigrants to find a legal way into the system. Meanwhile, stop the flow. Stop it now. Stop it before another 9/11 with its roots in Mexico finds its way onto our soil.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  113. Liz, Monterey, CA

    Jack, did you drink the Repub Kool Aid? You sound so negative on Obama's administration lately. I don't blame President Obama for the lack of progress on Immigration Reform...or anything else. I blame the Repubs in Congress who are are so anti-anything proposed by Obama's administration I think they'd turn down a winning lottery ticket!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  114. Annie, Atlanta

    It’s not how serious we take them, it’s how serious they take the issue, especially in light of Arizona’s new racial profiling law, with several states ready to do the same. Washington has ignored the problem for years. Its high time they fix it, instead of pretending to want to.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  115. Ken in NC

    I take the President seriously but on the issue of Congress I would seriously like to take them to the garbage dump.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  116. Linda in Arizona

    Whenever Obama promises something, you know he is planning on doing the opposite. Congress doesn't want to touch the issue in an election year, and neither does the administration. We won't see anything done this year, and when they do get around to it, they will do all the wrong things anyway. It's serious, but they're not.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  117. Ralph Spyer

    Why do we need immigration reform ? Were is our border security and were is the millions of dollars we are spending on border security go for . Why are any Americans against E verfity ? All we have to do is if you work in America than you have to be a American or your enployer is going to Jail; that true immigration reform.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  118. David Scott Doherty

    It undermines of as a nation! If you were to travel around the world and ask people to describe America and it's government, I think the overwhelming majority of the people asked would say the US government couldn't find it's you know what, with both hands in the dark!
    Dave from NH.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  119. David Sisters OR

    Let's see, how seriously do I take Rush Limbaugh.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  120. Emden (Deep in the Heart of Hurst)

    There is no $$ to be had

    So NO !!!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  121. Gail, Plano TX

    I take President Obama at his word, but I do not have the same faith in Congress.
    Why? Because their track record is almost laughable.

    We finally have a President who wants to move forward. But all those lackies in Congress care only about getting re-elected. Shame on them!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  122. Cindy

    Why is it that NONE you demanded the same thing from Bush. Remember he was elected for two terms.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  123. Chris in Philadelphia

    For the Congress to tackle this bill this year, elected officials will have to make a decision and brings up the chance for alienating someone. That's is usually a bad idea right before people go to the polls. Not gonna happen. Or if it does it will create a new agency to examine the problem and avoid the tough choices completely and cost billions of dollars. Useful legislation will not come around before the mid-term elections.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  124. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I seriously think Obama thought it was going to be a cake walk to pass his bills but found out different im sure he's serious but his time line exceeds his term and besides that Grahm seems to have a trans stuck on him .

    May 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  125. olga

    It's hard to take the President seriously on immigration. First he promised to tackle this issue during his first year in office, then started suing the phrase "begin working" on immigration reform "this year" – this so far has applied to both 2009 and 2010. He's just putting it off and doing the absolute minimum to look like he's committed to the issue, which he clearly is not. Now he's throwing it back at the Republicans. And Nancy Pelosi is throwing it back at the President saying without his leadership nada will happen. The immigrants will continue being screwed over unless there is civil disobedience on a huge scale. But I doubt they'll go for it, they are too scared since the Obama administration has actually increased deportations...

    May 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  126. Peter

    What part of ILLEGAL do people not understand?? So many legal immigrants do the right thing and pay taxes, have insurance and contribute to whatever community they are part of. Being illegal. by its very nature, invites all sorts of other illegal activities to avoid detection. Seems like a no brainer to me

    May 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  127. steve- virginia beach

    No and the facts tell the story. eVerify is 99.7% accurate and it would take only days to make it mandatory. It's so easy to use, a month would be reasonable for beginning compliance. Six months to complete compliance for the largest companies. A good database administrator could bring a program online to cross-check identity in the SS and IRS databases in a week or two. 70% of We the People support this. It's amnesty and citizenship for the anti- law and order tax-guzzling economy-busting illegal aliens that doesn't have support because We the People don't want it and elections are coming up.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  128. Jeff In Minnesota

    Our immigration laws are from a different time. Arizona is only enforcing the existing laws. If Congress wants to fix the problem they have shown they don't need the President or anyone else. So let them come up with another "bipartisan" piece of legislation to shove down our throats.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  129. Suzane Core, Colorado

    I take them as seriously on immigration reform as I take them on financial and economic reform, regulatory reform, election reform, and, oh yeah, the promised public option reform.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  130. Bill Alberto

    Seriously ? I dont think our President knows what to do... Again.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  131. Sylvain

    America has become so afraid, it's laughable. The once most powerful country in the world is now home to the world's scariest people on the planet. We are so scared, we're building walls around our borders. We're holding our prisonners in other countries. We can't go out without our guns. We pannick when we see coolers on the streets. We are so scared that even poor Mexicans crossing our borders with nothing, no guns, no money, no cars, just willing to work, are scaring the bejeezus out of us. I'm going to go built my bomb shelter now because I heard Bin Laden is in Washington!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  132. steven

    I no longer trust anyone in the congress or the president.

    We, the people, must regain control of the bus or the "driver" will have us over the cliff!

    Vote the rascals out of office and, meanwhile, do what you can as a federation of independent, but cooperating, states!


    May 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  133. Paul

    I'll take them seriously once they start doing their jobs. They work on almost exclusivly financial problems, but do nothing to fix any social problems such as immigration, gay rights, or anything else important to the people.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  134. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    They're about as serious about immigration reform as the employers who keep hiring illegal immigrants.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  135. Dick Vaughan, Albuquerque

    Good question except you already know the answer.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  136. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Your right Jack it's all about the mid terms and Obama has no good news for immigrants .

    May 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  137. Gigi Oregon

    You would think that with the bashing Congress has gotten the past 18 months from the media they would be hammering to get something done about immigration. But alas, they haven't shown any concern about change. The change the American people voted for in the last election. We hear that congress is concerned about their re election, and again we see no concern about change. I think President Obama has brought more change than any President in the last two decades. I hope we will see some awaking in the American People to truly vote again for change. By voting in new and younger Representatives who would like to clean up politics as usual in America. It seems the only people interested in cleaning up politics are the people. But will they vote...Or has today's lobbyist the power/money to stop change. Sadly, money has the power to corrupt our Congress.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  138. Ann

    Jack, your tone is truly disturbing, and your opinion obvious. Why don't you ask, instead, why the Republicans want to make every single action almost impossible, and laced with hateful rhetoric. That is the real reason why it's terribly hard to get anything done. I applaud our President and the Democratic leadership for getting a LOT of things done in SPITE of the Republican obstructionists.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  139. Harold Eke, Fremont, Ca, USA.

    U r supposed to be unbiased in the way u present ur questions as a good reporter should. Saying nothing is gonna be done on immigration this year is unprofessional. Why don't u just ask the questions and let us air our views?

    May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  140. Carol Scott

    ..I was under the impression that the EXECUTIVE branch carries out the laws created by CONGRESS. Why do you insist on laying this blame on Obama? Oh wait, don't answer I know you're doing it for ratings and ....because white males have run the numbers and they don't look good for you with an ever increasing hispanic population....ROTFL!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  141. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    I'll bet a bundle on a distraction – perhaps another war – to make us completely forget about this issue, Jack.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  142. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Employers in this country have a bad habit of bringing in people from other countries to do the dirty work no white person wants to do. First with slaves from Africa, later with immigrants from Mexico, both legal and illegal; then suddenly deciding they aren't welcome here anymore. The answer for the illegal aliens working here now is the same as it is for black people brought here against their will earlier: integration baby!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  143. Denise

    I don't take him seriously at all.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  144. Robert from Detroit

    Jack, everyone wants to send the immigrants back home, but what about what is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty? "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses..." Did America forget this? Our politicians need to stop worrying about their political careers and make the tough decisions... isn't that why we elected them?

    May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  145. Tom

    Reform to the Democrats mean amnesty. How's that for reform let's just turn our back and say fine we can give you everything we have just for breaking the law.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  146. Kevin Downey

    We all have lofty ideas, Jack; Oops!!, that balloon just slipped out of my grasp...

    May 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  147. Bob

    If you call giving amnesty to all the illegal aliens refusing to do anything worthwhile such as E-verify and enforcing our Federal law against illegal aliens a worthwhile improvement then yea. Let's face it our politicans are ignoring 80 percent of America for the vote and cheap labor. I just plain give up because we the stupid people keep electing these fools not matter which party is in power they are fools.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  148. Russ in CO

    I think the President is both serious and correct. He is very accurate that there is no political will in Congress to move on this issue.

    I also take individual members of the congress seriously. I think many of them do want to take some action.

    The problem lies in finding any common ground. With the hyper politics and the delineations becoming more pronounced between Democrat and Republican, I doubt there is any room to find that rationale middle ground where real solutions exist.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  149. Cheryl

    Yes, I take Obama seriously. Look at all he has accomplished in the first 17 months.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  150. Patricia Stamm

    HI Jack: This country worries about others borders first. If they were serious about security they would have closed the borders aftet 9-11 We are really disgusted with our government about this. All congress and the President are after are votes!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  151. Kiara

    I really do not take the president or the congress seriously when it comes to terms of an Immigration reform. Immigrants from different nationalities have been waiting so many years for this and nothing has been done. Why should they take an interest now when there are other things to worry about like fighting terrorism within the country, the economy, and the war.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  152. Lee Brown

    Just more talk from the President-there will be NO action.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  153. Charles

    I feel like there is an absence of any desire by the government to do anything about illegal aliens. I think Arizona is the only state to step to the plate. We Americans, those that were born here or those who received their citizenship are very upset with the cost of taking care of illegals. They have more rights than we.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  154. mike

    It's unfortunate but the only thing the American politicians are really concerned with any more is selfpreservion. There's no intention by any of the them doing what's right for the country as a whole if they don't personnelly gain. It's hard to believe they even have the dignity to cash their paychecks.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  155. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    I believe all politicians take immigration seriously these days. Just not Mexican immigration.

    I also believe until the enormous amount of money tied into the employ of illegal aliens by many businesses is no longer a concern, no law will be strictly enforced.

    Besides, how many true blue Americans compete for the jobs many illegals now perform? Like none.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  156. Peg

    Catch Up? What do people think are in Az's Immigration reform law 1070? It does nothing to secure the boarder, nor does it address or reduce crime, nor does it reduce the number of illegals coming here or even really increase the number of illegals deported – it just increases the likelihood that cops may get sued and that some citizens might get their rights trampled on –

    AZ law 1070 does not do much of anything or address any real problems – it just potentially does a lot of harm to law enforcements ability to work effectively with the citizens in AZ to reduce crime and increases law suits etc and hurts our economy –

    However, it is the citizens who are now afraid they may be harassed because the law says that officers suspected of not complying with the new vague "reasonable suspicion" requirements and questioning and detaining "suspected illegals" – may be sued by anyone who claims they did not go after someone enough to determine legal status – so some cops may feel pressured to go over the line to do comply with the law – unfortunately this means the cops can get sued either way (for over doing it and harassing or detaining citizens or under doing it and deciding someone is not "reasonably suspicious" enough

    – this is why the Phoenix police chief opposes it is a lame law no matter how you look at it (conservative perspective or a liberal one) – if you really look at it – it is quite stupid – bottom line

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  157. Mark

    I think they're serious, but slow. The low speed of our system was designed into it by our founding fathers, and for good reason. It's difficult to be shocked that Obama is well behind his promised schedule. But he's knocking things off in time.

    My concern is not that they're not serious, but that when they finally get around to taking action, the result could very well be as bad or maybe even worse than Arizona's horribly botched effort. This is a highly political issue, and a bipartisan compromise, which is probably required here, will be, well, interesting.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  158. Dan


    I take the President very seriously when he talks about Immigration Reform. Healthcare reform passed, and the corporations and big Pharm are happy while the majority of people are not. Financial Reform is close to passing, and Wall Street will be happy about that while the people are not. The Federal Reserve is thrilled that the full auditing of their institute has been dismantled via "compromises" made. I take President Obama dead serious when he talks about Immigration Reform. Reform is just a dirty word for "more of the same junk, just bigger!", and I have no doubt that once again, Congress will not do as the American people ask, and go the opposite direction as usual.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  159. Dave

    To paraphrase the late P.B. Barnum: "You can lie to some of the people all the time, all the people some of the time, but you can't lie to all the people all the time".

    Vancouver, WA

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  160. Eileen


    I'm SURE the President and Congress want to do something about immigration. But, how can you be so naive? If they want to do ANYTHING they NEED to win the midterm elections. We already know how the Republicans are behaving...if they win majorities we will have a lame duck President slash Politicial System.

    And those voting for them...thinking things will change....have got to have their heads examined.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  161. Timothy Marxer

    President Obama gave a free pass to George W. Bush. Me thinks he will do the same for nice folks that wash dishes in restaurants, mow our lawns and get free health care and have no business being here.

    By the way. How is it that a person entering this country illegally has constitutional rights?

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  162. RAngel

    I can tell you when Nancy Pelosi makes comments like treating teens for drugs is much cheaper than closing the borders that our president will not step up to the plate.

    She is getting her marching orders from the president so there is no way the democrates are going out on a limb again.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  163. Davis

    It is all just smoke and mirrors.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  164. Jeff

    I think it can be done in a way that will be similar to that of FDR's plan during the late 30's-40's...Meaning, it can be done to create jobs! It is important to get those who came to this country illegally, back to where they originated...Give us hard-working americans a break, it's rough out there. I am stuck at my current job, miserable, with terrible schedule, because of the lack of jobs. Let's create a dept. that will help enforce and regulate this new immigration reform, that will create some jobs. In turn, those people will put more money back into the economy...All the while, (not to sound cliche) taking jobs back from those who came here illegally.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  165. Chad from Los Angeles

    Build a wall first, and enforce the border. Everything else will fall into place after that.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  166. Joe Richards

    Jack just look at there history to predict the future. They have no intention of doing anything that might make there reelection harder. They seem to have forgotten that they are there for the people. Maybe if they got paid for the actual work they get done like regular hard working Americans (most of which are out of a job by the way because of them) they would move a little faster. But I doubt it!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  167. Brittany Gibson

    Let's just face it, after Bush and a year in office Mr. Obama has plenty on his plate. I'm sure there are bigger issues to focus on. Who knows, something may never be done about it. They all promise things will be done, how else do you expect them to get elected..

    May 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  168. craig

    No way Congress will do anything this year ! ! Totally support Arizona governor's immigration law. It is about time, not a year or longer from now ! !

    May 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  169. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    Not Even 1%, The Republicans want cheap labor so they can force down all of our wages, the Democrats want more voters, so nothing will be done. What we should be talking about is who got rich off of the Stock Market drop so fast then going back up, some people got really rich yesterday, they new it was going to happen, now that is a crime against American, these banker crashed the market again! Someone needs to go to jail, tell me why did Congress vote against breaking up these criminal banks!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  170. walt dempsey

    Serious? Liers, liers, pants on fire.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  171. Doug

    If illegal immigrants didn't get hired, they wouldn't be here.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  172. gary

    Politicians have evaded immigration reform for decades. Immigrant voting habits have not changed. Obama is disposed to open our borders to all. Legal immigrants settle in the US after passing a manditory back ground screening process. Illegal aliens alians settle in the US after skirting the legal immigration screening process. Our citizens cannot afford to support the world's nomatic population. Politicians avoid illegal immigration reform fearing negative voter approval.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  173. Charles Peterson

    Why cant these Jerks in Waszhington just pass one simple bill to close the boarder. We moved to Arizona 4 years ago and if we dont get it closed soon we will be moving out of the valley of the sun. Charles & Helen Peterson

    May 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  174. Charles Hanchey

    Are you kidding? Washington is filled with self serving cowards who will do anything, or not do anything, just to get elected again. No one has the guts to stand for what is right. In fact what is right means nothing to them, just so they are politically correct.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  175. Bill Wirt

    How seriously do I take the President and Congress on Immigration Reform?....neither listened to the people on health care INSURANCE reform, so why should this be any different?

    Of the people, by the people, for the people....not anymore, Jack. We have already perished.

    Lincoln should be rolling over in his grave.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  176. Walt Birmingham-Chamois,MO

    Jack, I no longer expect anything from Washington except uncontrolled spending. This is still the greatest nation on earth. But it is because of the citizens not the government. We are now a great nation in spite of our government not because of it.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  177. Toni

    In two words Jack, HELL NO! They lied to the millions of unemployed people about getting an extension, now they want us to believe they will do something about immigration in a year? It's a ploy to save their sorry tales come election time. I don't believe anything the government says anymore!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  178. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    As soon as immigration becomes an issue with the richest 10 percent of our nation, Jack, we'll never have any 'reform', because that group has the most to lose – a cheap, steady, uncomplaining source of slave labor.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  179. Guillermo

    President Obama is in way over his head...

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  180. adam

    here in az. we know immigration reform. we are passing laws that will help fix the problem. all barry wants is to give out american citizens cards. i live in the kidknapping capital of the US, next step north america, need to overtake mexico city, but i think we can take em.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  181. Christian

    I found your television editorial to be impatiently racist and was quite offended, along with 6 others in the room with me. The premise of your argument that the federal government, specifically President Obama, has done nothing to deal with. You sited the federal law as having two sections that are "word for word" compared to the Arizona law. As one can clearly see you sited a FEDERAL LAW in arguing that there is no federal law. You cannot hide your bigotry.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  182. Roger

    We have a Congress and Executive Branch of government that is ADD.
    I'd guess that they haven't read the Constitution about their "Doing the Peoples work..."

    Tired has nothing to do with the peoples work...That's why their there.....I thought?

    We've become weak minded.... Look who we keep electing into offices whose with their collective hands out!

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  183. Theodore "Ted" Wade

    Not serious whatsoever. The Republicans did not do it, the Democrats will not do it. The Federal laws have been ignored by the immigrants and the companies that hire them for decades now. Nothing whatsoever is going to be done. Arizona and all of the southwestern states are going bankrupt faster then the Federal Government due to this problem. I don't approve of the Arizona law but I think they are right to do it. The protester are correct also. The law will be abused and misused.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  184. paul

    IF/WHEN congress legalizes the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens that are now in America what will they do to address these illegal persons friends and families that still live in a foreign country?Would it be fair to deny them the opportunity to [visit] occasionally?

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  185. DW

    There is nothing wrong with our immigration system, thank you very much. We allowed about 11 million new legal immigrants to the U.S. last year; more than all other industrialized nations combined. What IS broke is our governments resolve to enforce the law. Everybody including Obama seems to have an aunt or a cousin they don’t want deported. New enforcement laws will just be ignored like the current ones.
    Austin, TX

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  186. ed in ri

    I take them very seriously Jack; But- for the wrong reasons. The democratic majority wants the illegal votes to remain in power.
    The laws in place will never be enforced. Do the math and realize how many years this topic has been entertained in Congress.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  187. Jerry in FL

    Jack -

    Let's scare congress into doing something!!! How about a grass roots campaign in favor of congressional term limits. I personally do not think our forefathers envisioned the concept of career politicians. We probably won't kick them out in the fall - but after that, let's not give them a choice.

    Jerry in Florida (should I start my 2012 congressional campaign?)

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  188. Eric

    I live in Houston Texas. I am completely surrounded by illeagal immigrants. I get robbed al the time and no one will do anything about it. The police around here have pretty much given up on fighting the illeagals. I think what Arizona has done was done out of desperation, I hope Texas does the same thing. I have been told by the police that the illeagals are stealing from everyone because there benefits have been cut by the state (benenfits that they werent supposed to get in the first place) So they are stealing from us because we are no longer bribing them not to. It is to bad that the illeagal hispanics are giving a bad name to the hispanics that are here leagally and did it the right way.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  189. leta mitchell

    The federal won't do amything about immigration. they,ve had years to do somethingand haven't . So I guess it will be up to the people. We should all do what Arizona has done.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  190. Steven

    Hey Jack... The Federal Government deals with immigration, not states. And if you like Arizona's new law then I hope you also don't leave your wallet at home because illegal immigrants look like everyone else. Thx

    May 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  191. Jack C

    I've worked for immigration for 8+ years and I can tell you it's because of Congress that the laws haven't been enforced. Ask any legacy INS employee, particularly border patrol and special agents, and they'll tell you they were told to back off worksite enforcement beginning in the late 1990's. Now we're so overrun with illegal aliens, all law enforcement agencies can only concentrate on apprehending serious criminal aliens.

    It seems to me it's a huge integrity problems that members of Congress can and DO interfere with the enforcement of laws.

    People who don't want to admit that the huge influx of illegal aliens is responsible for the closing of hospitals in many states, is blind, stupid or both.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  192. Patty McCarthy

    The congress is more concerned about the Hispanic vote than protecting our borders. The greed and desire for cushy jobs reigns in Washington. Forget that drugs and illegal people are coming into this country every day. Forget that the rancher was killed by illegals. Forget that we the taxpayers are footing the bill for these people. When will government wake up and start protecting it's citizens.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  193. Helen

    They are all useless. We will vote them out. Az. Is correct. Why do we have laws if we don't uphold them.
    I think that all of them, only think of themselves, and do what they can to get re elected.
    Let's vote them all out.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  194. Dan

    Obama doesn't care about imigration or protect the American people. He down plays any terrorism act. He is a very weak president and is in the process of destroying the country. His agenda is the only thing important.

    May 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  195. Ross in LA

    Maybe, I am an old timer but I still think that a million is a big number. Obviously the politicians in DC don't think so.
    How can "only" half a million illegals being caught on the border be a good thing. I would be happy to support a collection to help pay for Arizona to bus the illegals in their overloaded jails and the ones streaming across the border to Sen Schumer in NY. After all, it is only fair that we share the "wealth"

    May 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |