May 12th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Americans citing immigration as top problem highest in 2 years


Demonstrators protest Arizona's new immigration enforcement law outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs building in Phoenix. Critics say the immigration law could encourage racial profiling against Hispanics. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Americans are increasingly likely to name immigration as the top problem facing the country.

A new Gallup poll shows 10 percent of those surveyed cite immigration as the nation's most serious problem - that's up from two percent just one month ago. It's also the highest level Gallup has recorded in more than two years.

The poll also shows increased concern over immigration is highest in the West and among Republicans and conservatives.

This comes as the federal government considers suing over Arizona's tough new immigration law. Attorney General Eric Holder says possible grounds for the lawsuit would be that Arizona's law could lead to civil rights violations.

Did I get that right? We're talking about suing over something that hasn't even happened yet?

All this does is further muddy the issue. After all, it was the lack of federal enforcement of current laws that led Arizona to do this in the first place.

Meanwhile, as Arizona's longtime senator John McCain fights for re-election, he's all over the place on immigration. After years of criticizing a border fence, McCain now calls for completion of the "danged" fence.

It's difficult to know what John McCain believes anymore except that he is willing to say anything in order to to try to get re-elected - whether it conflicts with his earlier positions or not. He should lose the election just based on his willingness to sell out his principles. He didn't used to be this way.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean if the number of Americans citing immigration as the nation's top problem is the highest in two years?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ann in Allentown, Pennsylvania writes:
People are trying to hang onto what they have worked for and our government keeps giving our money to banks, who have cheated us, countries who don't like us and illegals who don't belong here. We are fed up.

John in Tucson writes:
For us in Arizona it means: Mind your own business to the rest of the country. We're the ones who are suffering, so we're the ones who will deal with it. As for the meddlers like the L.A. city council, who decide to boycott us, remember who has a bigger tourist venue. Boycotts work both ways. No Disney this year for this family!

Legal immigrant in New York writes:
Immigration is NOT the problem. Illegal immigration IS. I've never been in Arizona, but I will spend my vacation there in August.

Antonio writes:
It means the nation is finally waking up to the reality of a system that needs fixing. What astonishes me is that our elected leaders are running from this issue in order to protect their own careers. And McCain, oh forget him. I used to respect the guy. But he is becoming increasingly (and deservedly) irrelevant.

George writes:
I've watched the government solve the "illegal immigration problem" about four or five times in my lifetime. I expect nothing but the same old stuff this time around. And I don't mean "stuff." The government will give amnesty to the current 12 million. In ten years, we can all meet again to talk about amnesty for the next 12 million. Same as it ever was.

Georgia Vet writes:
It means we're fed up. Everyone benefits except the middle class. The rich get richer and the average citizen gets screwed. The Republicans want slave labor and the Democrats want the illegals' votes. We just want secure borders and someone to care about us.

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soundoff (170 Responses)
  1. Carl

    Jack, Please leave this post up on your site. If you want to swee how Mexico has no use for illegal aliens please google there immigration laws and you will see how two faced there feeling really are. If we, the United States would just adapt and enforce Mexico's illegal immigration policy then that would be the end of our illegal immigration problem, thanks for the idea Cauldron.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  2. Susan Waldrip

    Why is it considered politically correct to support people who are breaking U.S. laws?

    Are protesters against Arizona's new law forgetting: that illegal immigrants are breaking the law? that illegal immigrants are defrauding their own countrymen who are waiting patiently to enter the US legally? that illegal immigrants take jobs away from legal young people? that illegal residents have free health care paid for by legal residents? that illegal residents get free schooling paid for by the taxes of legal residents? that by supporting those who break U.S. laws and somehow feel it is their "right" to do so will ultimately lead to disrespect for more and more U.S. laws, wreaking havoc on the rule of law in America.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  3. Randy

    If every state passed the same law Arizona did there would be no need to talk about this ! If we stop making live so easy for illegals in our country maybe they would stop coming here or better yet , GO HOME !!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  4. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    The American flag lying on the ground says it all. They are here for jobs instead of love of country. This country! If they would follow a legal path and assimilated like my grandparents did this would not be such a problem.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  5. Carlos in LA

    It means Americans are desperate for a scapegoat.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  6. Stephanie from Fort Lauderdale, FL

    All I can say is...John McCain is about winning first...not country first. I've lost respect for McCain. I really hope that he loses. He might be an even bigger flip-flopper than Mitt Romney. Nothing tops McCain saying that he never considered himself a maverick.

    About immigration...well, it's in the forefront of our minds right now due to the new Arizona law, the constant media coverage and polling on the topic.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  7. Darryl, Arlington Texas

    The illegal's new that they would have this issues before they cross the boarder and started have babies. No cry for me, they should be saying they had the children with illegal person unauthorized persons in this country illegally...

    They need to do it the right way and the law should be enforced. Go by and good luck and come back the right way.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  8. Margaret in New Mexico

    It means that people are parrotting what they've seen on the news recently. Next month it will be something else.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  9. Lou in Phoenix

    A Simple 3-Step Illegal Immigrant Problem Solution follows:
    First , the U. S. federal government would establish a cutoff date that illegal immigrants could apply for citizenship, then, when the illegal immigrant submit’s the application, they shall also give the government a picture, fingerprints, and a blood sample for DNA; then,
    Second, the immigrant shall be given American Citizenship; provided that,
    Third and last, the U. S. federal shall require the immigrant take a federal government job protecting our borders for minimum of a 3 year period to stop future illegal immigrants from crossing our borders.
    Think about it. Everybody wins.
    Now fix the damn thing!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  10. jerry

    We do not have an immigration problem. We have an illegal immigration problem stemming from the Federal government refusing to enforce laws on the books. Legal immigrants are having a problem with illegal immigrants because immigration numbers cannot be raised for leagls because of all the illegals. Everyone is for legal immigrants, only a fool is for illegal immigration. Everyone coming to live in the country needs a back ground check, a health exam and minimum language skills in English.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  11. Jayne

    It means that Americans are unemployed and frustrated.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  12. Rondi

    This has gone beyond legitimate concern and is approaching mass paranoia. Times are tough, people are angry and scared, and they're looking for a scapegoat. It's and old–and dangerous–story.

    Hailey, Idaho

    May 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  13. Matthew Addison

    It's not Immigration people are worried about, it's "Illegal" immigration that has people so concerned. Try overstaying your visitors visa in Mexico and see how your pleas of unfairness fall flat over there. Hell, we U.S. citizens can't even own land in Mexico!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  14. GA Vet

    It means we're fed up.

    Everyone benefits except the middle class. The rich get richer and the average citizen gets screwed.

    The Repubs want slave labor and the Dems want the illegal's votes.

    We just want secure borders and someone to care about us.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  15. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It means we have to much time on our hands.

    Immigration, which is not a problem because it already has a solution that needs to be enacted, is far from being this nation's top issue.

    I can't see stopping the poor destitute Mexican's crossing the border is up there with two degenerated wars, idiotic absolute ideologies driving our social and cultural into further dysfunction, racism, sexism, financial demise, environmental collapse, and a host of other issues.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  16. Brent Ashcroft

    It means that we have had a butt load of the Federal Government not enforcing established laws. It means American Citizens are tired of spending more of their taxpayer dollars supporting illegals coming in from Mexico. It means we are tired of the lawbreaking and freeloading going on and nothing being done about it.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  17. Father Tom

    Seems to me that no one is mentioning the true cause of the problem, the employers who hire these illegal immigrants. If no one hires them then they wouldn't come. How about giving all those here the right to work, attend school, participate in our economy by paying taxes, and forcing their employers to pay the proper taxes as well. Then, once the work force is legal, impose strict penalties on any employer who illegally employs an undocumented alien. If we continue to give employers free reign to escape their responsibilities, then we deserve what we get and it's no use to us to be "concerned" or to prioritize the problem.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  18. John from San Antonio

    It might mean that politicians are going to have to start acknowledging Americans concern and risk losing millions from corporations benefitting from this cheap labor. Perhaps a little more oversight from the public accompanied with demands will loosen the grip corporate executives have on Washington. Our government has been corporate executives servants long enough. Perhaps this will start the desintegration of this unholy union. One can only hope.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  19. Steve

    Jack . . Immigration is not the problem . . it's ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION that is the problem . . . we have legal means for those that want to become citizens, which our neighbors from South of the Border don't give a rip about . . .

    May 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  20. ChrissieQ

    It's a dirrect reflection on the fact that we are all struggling to find or keep employment. For the first time in 10 years at the same job, I am inundated with coworkers teenage children offereing yard services, babysitting, housekeeping, etc... Should I hire thse kids trying to save money for college, or someone who came into this country illegally and will send my dollars to a foreign nation, while usurping my tax dollars for free health care? Give me a break! We need to keep our money in the US! By the way, I am married to a LEGAL immigrant who spent years and a small fortune to obtain citizenship LEGALLY, prior to being married to me.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  21. John Klang

    To be blunt Jack, it means that the number of Americans citing immigration as the nation's top problem is the highest in two years. Numbers are Numbers, I'm just glad people keep trying to care.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  22. Jim Blevins

    Mob mentality. The Jews were responsible for all of Germany's problems in the 40's just as Latino's are responsible for all of Arizona's problems today.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    May 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  23. Ken in NC

    It means it's going to be a shocking situation when the Indian Nation awakens and starts asking Whites for their immigration papers. Before White Americans over ran our nation we had a good system of justice, no rampart diseases, no unemployment a balanced budget and no oil spills. Republicans and Democrats can't beat that with a stick.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  24. New Mexico John

    It means nothing. Let me know when that figure is 51% or higher...then it might actually be important to a few people. In the meantime, let's continue to enforce the immigration laws already on the books.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  25. Terry from Illinois

    It means that Immigration gets more attention on TV than job losses and the record trade deficits with foriegn countries.
    It means that Immigration gets more attention than CEO's and hedge fund managers raping the shareholders and workers.
    It means Americans are tired of illegals getting more help than the American taxpayers do ( free healthcare taxpayers pay for, free welfare and educational help taxpayers pay for, etc).
    It means Americans are tired of illegals speaking Spanish and waving Mexican flags !!!


    May 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  26. Ray Greiner

    It means that the federal government needs to listen to the American public and enforce our immigration laws beyond the area immediately adjacent to the border. Let's see if our laws work before we rush to change them.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  27. Claus

    All it means is that most Americans are like those kiddy soccer teams. They follow the hyped -up press coverage the way those little kids chase a soccer ball around the field.
    Fort Myers, Fl

    May 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  28. Jeremy D

    from Traverse City, Michigan.

    It's a problem because people don't want what happened in Arizona to happen in their own state. For the Hispanic, they probably fear their own state trying to pass a poorly thought out and racist law like AZ tried to – before it was revised to be more constitutional. For legal citizens, they fear illegal immigration destroying their own communities with drugs, violence, kidnapping, and even fewer jobs for the legal residents. Oh, and don't forget the fact that if an illegal immigrant with non-violent intention can get in, so can a terrorist.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  29. Angie

    First: Those taking that poll agree with Arizona's new immigration law.
    Second: They also agree with Arizona not celebrating or recognizing Martin Luther King's birthday.
    Third: They also agree with Arizona's new law of taking American Latino studies, Black American Studies, and Native American Studies out of the schools.

    In short, the people polled are white like you who do not want me living here in this country. I am Latino American whose family roots have been citizens of the USA for more than 100 years.

    Can all of those taking that poll say the same?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  30. Paul Rosebeth

    A nation was built on The American dream, an opportunity of from rags to riches; that sort of dangling carrot has people clammering for a shot. Sadly the said "shot" has different meanings to a fraction and its time to change the methodology, guilty until proven innocent.

    How many false alarms or close calls do some of these politicians require. Stop the CYA and dare to implement common sense.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  31. Krissie Kortsen Sierra Vista, Az.

    It is a big problem. McCain has done nothing until now to address the problem. He said,"the illegal immigrants are doing jobs no American wants to do". That is a joke. I cleaned motel rooms while going to college and I picked cotton on my fathers cotton farm. I am a Native Arizonan and have lived 60 yrs. I have never seen so much illegal crossing and drug dealing until the past 5 years. We are not safe on the border at all. I emailed McCain 2 yrs ago when we saw 6 illegals coming under the highway from Ft. Hauchuca. He did not even write me back. Kyle did. Pitiful!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  32. Zorlot the Great

    Hello from Las Vegas, Nevada.

    It really should not be called illegal immigration. It should be called what it is: Invasion. Just up the street from my house the Mexican flag is waving.

    These people do not learn English because they have no intention of becoming Americans.

    We need the Arizona law here and we need it enforced.

    Thank you

    May 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  33. Terry Nixon


    Thes numbers mean nothing. A recent poll of voters for this falls election selected Immigration as the 9th most significant subject to be addressed. Because the right wing gov't in AZ has made a power play and received a ton of attention the numbers are 5X as high–but overall Immigration into the US is the lowest it has been for years.

    Terry Nixon–Marietta, GA

    May 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  34. Mike

    People fail to understand why our laws aren't being enforced, or being changed to increase the chances of immigrating legally. If the government won't enforce this law, what other laws won't they enforce? Do they now mind if I choose not to follow laws, like speeding or property theft or tax evasion? Our laws provide the cornerstone to our democracy and people seem to feel like they can't even rely on the government to uphold the foundations of our society.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  35. chuck banard

    Not much of a story or consensus, Jack. That barely beats the 8% sales tax here in California.

    Stockton, CA

    May 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  36. Mike Delong

    The increasing perception that illegal immigration is a growing issue is surely an indicator that the economy is on the upswing.....This is a purely a jingoistic response to the continuing lag of the economy. As in the past, it has to be the fault of foreigners.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  37. Reverend Ira L Lewis

    It means that it is time to take legal criminal actions against corporations and politicians, who have lured Illegals to come to our Sovereign United States of America and take away the Quality of Life that is guaranteed us by our Sovereign Constitution. Furthermore, those five Supreme Court Justices that have given our Governing Power over into the hand of gluttonous Corporations and access to Foreign Interest should be IMPEACHED from Office.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  38. karen

    Jack, It means nothing is getting done. What part of illegal does Congress and all the other boo hooers not understand. Just once I would love to have the media truly say it's not about the color of your skin, it's about the fact that these "illegals" are breaking the law. Everyone is afraid of offending everybody. Well, boo hiss. I was taught to do it by the book, does this make me a minority??

    May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  39. John Knox

    The only reason is that the liberal press is only to happy to misrepresent the AZ law and not report on the economy and unemployment – which remain the most critical items.
    Mesa AZ

    May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  40. Corey Chapman from New York

    Well, obviously it means Americans are tired of the lack of moral responsibility our government continues to shows us. Every election year presidential candidates promise immigration reform, but they never hold on to their words. With a federal government so irresponsible can you blame the states “Arizona” for taking matters into their own hands?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  41. Phil from Ohio

    Why do we always see video clips of illegal aliens climb over simple easily scalable fences?
    Why can't the feds at least install ones that are curved in a semicircle at the top like some fences are on bridges to prevent a person from climbing over it?

    That plus electronic sensors/cameras should go a long way to stem the invasion. The way it is now, it's a joke.

    Moreover, the Arizona law merely COPIES the federal law that requires immigrants to carry their papers at all times..so if Obama doesn't like Arizona's law, he ought to seek repeal of the federal law..

    May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  42. Proud Arizonian

    It means that we are tired of our federal govt not enforcing laws! It means that we are ready to fight for OUR way of life and stop pandering to people who come here illegally for a better life and then try to change everything to the way it is where they left!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  43. Nicholas Cyrus

    well immigration should be top problem in the us when all the politicions are not true to them self they are blameing everyone but themself for the problem we are faceing secure the borders and bring these people out of the shadows give tyhem a living wage
    deport those criminals

    May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  44. androloma

    From Commerce City, Colorado. The city where I grew up has been thoroughly transformed. Signs litter the air, written in a foreign language that's not English. And the invaders want us to listen to their sympathy stories of opportunity here, and how they desire our freedoms?

    What's worse, the media and the illegals now wish to refer to themselves as "latino." Ecce qui tollis pecatta mundi. If you can read that, you're latino. Otherwise, you're hispanic. If you can't read latin, you sound ridiculous calling yourself latino.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  45. sara

    Well, Ask the Republicans why the are standing in the way of Immigration Reform in the US Congress.
    It seesm the Republicans are ignoring the American people, by refusing to discuss Immigartion Reform with the Democrats, who are already , right now, writing legislation that will increase border security, as a first priority, and then find a way to deal with the illegal immigrants in the country – as well ! Jack maybe you should as the Republicans why the refuse to help with Immigration Reform legislation in the US Congress. Republicans are blocking immigration Reform in the Congress, WHY IS THAT?!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  46. Chris

    I beleive the media only reports what their angle on the issue is. It's always been an issue here in Arizona. Then Governor Napolitano wrote letters and demanded more bee done and it wasn't and still hasen't and only becuase of a law passign has the issue been brought to the front because the Obama administration and left media are negative backlash.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  47. Linda Goodman

    If this problem had been addressed years ago, it would not be so out of hand now. Unfortunately, the gov. does nothing until backed to the wall. What is it that liberals don't understand about the term "illegal"? These people are breaking the law, round them up, send them back. Instead we give them welfare, health care, food stamps, and the list goes on. And demanding their RIGHTS. When they started protesting in the streets of OUR country and waving the flag of another country, that was the straw that broke the camels back. At least now when they protest they DO wave the American flag.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  48. Jyothi, St.Louis,MO

    It means that more Americans are beginning to identify any and
    all possible sources that are negatively affecting their nation's
    economy.Until now, Americans used to ignore drops of water.
    Now they have realized that it is the trillions of drops of water
    that makes an ocean.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  49. Mike

    It means we are tired of paying out money to support illegals. In California we pay $11,000 a year per child for education. Does anyone want to tell me illegals pay $11,000 a year in taxes to cover that? Not only do they not pay taxes, but the companies that hire them don't either. If they do pay all their salaries for goods and services, then the state would still only get 8.5% of it in taxes and the Federal government would get zero. So the idea that they add more to the state than they take is pure hogwash. How about high health care. Well does anyone think all the illegals we see in the emergency wards in the local hospitals are insured or even paying for the services they are recieving? Someone is paying for it and that means you and me. Amnesty, we tried it and all it did was encourage more to come in hopes of it happening again. It all adds up to higher taxes and less revenue. Someone needs to do the math.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  50. Beth O, Houston TX

    I think it means people on all sides of the issue are thinking the system is not functioning if Arizona has to resort to this. Millions upon millions have been spent on enforcing the border, and it is still porous enough that even Arabs and Chinese are being smuggled in through the Mexican cartels. Meanwhile long-term stable residents who came long ago when you could literally just walk across the border, are married to a U.S. citizen, speak English, pay taxes and car insurance, for the simple fact of being Mexican-born have zero path to any type of legalization and have to teach their citizen children what to do if they get home from school and Mom or Dad isn't there due to being deported, because ICE isn't emphasizin going after criminals anymore, they're sweeping Walmart to fill their quotas.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |

    I believe americans have always had a concern about immigration, however now all eyes on Arizona and wondering...Can something really be done about it? Personally I don't think Arizona is going about it the right way but what other way is there?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  52. Tom

    We do not need immigration reform. If the federal government would just enforce the laws that we already have we wouldn't even be having this discussion. I'm really dissapointed with Obama on this issue. So much for change. I voted for him but he's just like the rest of the numbskulls in Washington. Political self interest comes first and common sense be damned. Our country I'm sorry to say is continuing it's spiral downward.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  53. Joanne

    John McCain said "I got it the Americans want the border sealed first"...he said that in 2007 after failure of Immigration Bill. My god "he's got it" !!
    Americans are fed up with bailouts of criminals in Wallstreet, feeding the Unions and destroying decent bond holders, bailing out Car Companies, and now sending money to Europe. We are fed up !!
    This Nov Wa incumbents for the most part will be booted out, and all checkered ones will be booted in the backside – and some impeached we do hope. Too many questionable ones pretending they are leaders.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  54. Ralph Spyer

    If you ask the American Indians they would say immigration has been a problem for the last two hunred years.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  55. Pied Type

    It means that while we were preoccupied with an endless presidential campaign and impending financial disaster, rampant illegal immigration continued. It finally reached crisis proportions in AZ.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |


    I hope that Arizona will make ALL its citizens have to carry proof of citizenship including white folks whom passed this law. It would only be fair to include ALL races to be questioned citizenship when stopped by Police. You can bet white folks would be quick to repeal this law.


    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  57. Ramon F. Herrera

    "Did I get that right? We're talking about suing over something that hasn't even happened yet?"

    Yes, some things did happen already. For starters: A bill was signed into law.

    The RNC will not consider Phoenix for their convention.

    Major League Baseball is considering moving the All Star's game to some other state. The baseball players already said they will not play in AZ.

    Plenty of things are happening...

    Ramon F. Herrera
    Houston, TX

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  58. Mark

    John McCain will do anything to be elected. It is clear he is for the big corporations that run America. He was going to get my vote as President until he went to capital hill to vote FOR the Great Wall Street Give Away. If he would have voted against it he would have had my vote. Now he is is only saying what the majority of Americans are saying. Make illegal immigration illegal. Huh? Sounds like only mentally challenged people say pass two laws to make the first one the law. Only in America.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  59. Andrew

    Is this serious? When did these aliens from Mars land and pretend to be U.S. citizens? What about the wrecked economy, two wars, natural disasters, the tornadoes and floods that ripped peoples houses to pieces, no jobs, out of control entitlements, no manufacturing industry, and education layoffs. Immigration should be the least of our worries. This is one issue that can wait, or the Federal Government can start doing its job. Oh yeah, it means the education system in this country is in dire straights!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  60. Sandy

    Jack....The American people are tired of our fed gov. not doing anything to protect the AMERICAN people . This is not just an AZ problem our country has been invaded . The American people are being taxed to death in order to pay for illegal immigrants healthcare, education and housing . The illegal people are having between 3-9 kids , which thanks to the anchor baby rule intitles them to all social services that are offered . This is not fair to the American people .

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  61. Pam holt

    Foley al it means that the American citizens do not want their taxes wasted by their president, to fight against their wishes and their constitution. Just what kind of blame is he going to come up with against bush this time? With his already bring up about how the bush administration put our economy in such dire straits, how dare president obama to waste taxpayers money in this hard economic times, to fight against the will of the majority that he took an oath to protect!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  62. Nick Ferrell

    What does it mean if the number of Americans citing immigration as the nation's top problem is the highest in two years?

    It means that radical conservatives have again succeeded in whipping their peers into a vocal frenzy with overdramatic chicken little hyperbole, while the rest of us grown ups are left to contend with the real problems facing this nation.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  63. Doris Lauter

    It means that illegals are increasingly causing us more problems. Aside from the freebies they get at taxpayers expense in a recession, they commit 95 % of the crime in my county in California. We need intelligent immigrants that can add to our economy, not the poor Mexicans that are taking jobs our unemployed should have, or committing crimes. The people are getting angry that the government won't deport them all.
    Ojai, California

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  64. Craig in Illinois

    Since when jack?
    Immigration or Illegal Immigration has been a problem for too many years.
    Americans are finally waking up to the problems caused by illegal immigration.
    The Arizona law does not violate civil rights if you're a law abiding american.
    As a lifelong democrat I'm looking to move to independent status, or at least a party that will stand up for the working and/or middle class americans who have been beat up the last 8 years by Bush. We wouldn't have an immigration problem if the likes of Bush and McCain weren't pandering votes.
    There are too many americans out of work and collecting welfare and it's time for them to do the work they don't want to!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  65. Ruth in High Point

    It means that all of the elected officials in Washington D. C. need to listen to what Americans want. These people work for the American citizens, not their political parties or the President.

    The Sunday, April 25, 2010 Wichita Press said it cost over $6000 a year for a K-12 education. That's $78,000 per student, and in some States it's much more. Multiply $78,000 by any guess the government wants to puts on the total of school age Illegal Aliens since 1984. The number must be huge.

    Paying a $2000 fine as a fast track to becoming a citizens isn't near enough to replace the tax dollars that have been stolen. “Good, honest, hard working people” would have applied for the documentation needed live in America instead of breaking the law.

    Ruth in NC

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  66. marcy, margate,fl.

    It means that the President and Congress are not doing their job by following the law and keeping illegal immigrants out of the country.

    When the economy picks up, I would be more than happy to have the illegal aliens come back to the U.S., but legally. Eventually we will need these people, because, our citizens are not having enough children, but we do not need them at this time.

    Jack, We also need to change the 14th Ammendent so we do not have anchor babies. Now the illegal aliens look at Uncle Sam and say, "That's my babies Daddy."

    May 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  67. Daniel Correa

    Oklahoma City, OK

    The fact that Americans cite immigration as a top concern may only reflect the current situation in Mexico, relating to the drug violence. Whatever the reason, the federal government should quell the issue as it possesses plenary power over the issue of citizenship pursuant to the 14th Amendment. I sympathize with the states' concerns, and feel they should act in the face of the federal governments failure to act.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  68. Bob

    Jack, my answer is that people may just be waking up. If we had no illegal immigrants here, all Americans would have jobs. And therefore they would have homes and healthcare(without Government sticking their nose in this too). Our troops would better serve the American people by protecting our borders(all of them!)

    May 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  69. RonaldWilliams

    The President should study existing immigration statues and promulgate new regilations, as he is empowered to do, to accomplish as many of his immigration onjectives as possible and then issue an executive order to do the rest. Without new legislation, he likely can acheive THIS SUMMER most of his immigration onjectives.

    That would motivate Hispanics to get out and vote, be good politics, andgood government because it would be relatively fast and spare a Congressional fight.

    Charlotte, NC

    May 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  70. Keith Jones

    Jack, it means that most Americans have the attention span of a gnat. This problem has been around for years and now it finally becomes the #1 issue with 10% of America. No wonder that our elected officials do nothing, we fail to focus on an issue and it let's them off the hook.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  71. Ron

    It means the federal government needs to get back to its constitutionally mandated role of protecting the Nation’s borders as well as the security and commerce of the Nation as a whole and get out of the business ofd worrying about how much table-salt I use. Get out of our internal affairs and stay focused on the federal role! I had thought a little thing like the 10th Amendment had made that clear ...

    May 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  72. Ann

    The major problem with illegal immigration is the corporations that hire illegals. If we would put them in jail, the corporate heads that is,and give them a hefty fine, the heads would not hire the illegals, the illegals would not come here,no jobs for them; cut off the lions head. Problem solved.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  73. Daniel Estel

    It means it is time for comprehensice immigration reform-way past time. If we impose severe sanctions on employers who hire undocumented immigrants, and enforce those sanctions, we won't need so much security at the border. The number of immigrants trying to come here illegally will be reduced drastically if they know they won't be able to find work here. We need to legalize the undocumented immigrants who are here now. Once we do these two things I.C.E. will be better able to concentrate on the real criminals,like the drug smugglers, and we will all be better off.

    Daniel Estel
    Fairmont, WV

    May 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  74. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    It means more Americans need work. And they don't want to hear that corporations need to hire undocumented people to do jobs that Americans "don't want" even when those same Americans are living on the street because they lost their jobs and couldn't pay their mortgages.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  75. Jesse Canada

    Hi Jack,

    All the Feds have to do is enforce the existing laws, and take all the bio data (palm prints, DNA, facial recognition) and then deport them.

    Why make a big deal out of nothing... just enforce the laws that are already on the books.

    And stop giving out benifits to illegals and their families and you wouldn't get them sticking around or make any children born to illegals in the US non citizens.

    Jesse Canada

    May 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  76. Michael in Phoenix

    The media has jumped on it and alerted everyone in the country to the problem. Statistics showing the in Maricopa County Attorney's Office found 22 percent of convicted felons were here illegally are being publish by the media. Now it is time for the federal government to put up or shut up.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  77. Eric - Houston

    It is further evidence that Americans are angry at Washington. In this case angry that the Executive Branch is guilty on nonfeasance in regards to border control and is beating up on a state because it is trying to do something however imperfect.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  78. maria, california

    It means Americans are sick and tired of paying out billions to support illegal aliens with benefits, services, jobs etc. that are not available to the U.S. citizen. We have had enough! It is time for the people who have been sent here by their governments to leech off of the American people to go back to their own countries and try and reform them. We cannot support the entire world. Mexico is not a poor country. Let it take care of its own. Americans are tired of being called racist too as they support millions of people who come and demand from us. I live in California where we are broke! Services and benefits are being cut for U.S. citizens but they won't touch those for the people who have come to this country, broken our laws and whine about how they are being treated. Take a look at how their countries handle illegal aliens. Let's have the same standards. Americans are waking up and saying hell no more!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  79. honest john in vermont

    It is # 1 because it is a very big problem which is largely unaddressed by any politicians. And this is frustrating for most LEGAL Americans. To think that we can't even secure our southern border from being invaded is ludicrous for America, which is/was a major world power. To be sure the Chinese don't have this problem.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  80. Charles Goldsmith

    Jack, could it mean that people have accepted higher unemployment levels as normal; could it be that people have decided that the new healthcare law is a better deal than they previously had thought; maybe it could be that people have just learned that far from being overtaxed they paid the lowest tax rate in 60 years in 2009. It could be that they believe uncontrolled immigration may reverse all of the above.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  81. A.Scott

    Border security is BS, this government does not represent the will of American citizens! You don't need new laws to fix the border, or a workable guest worker program. Vote this scurvy out!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  82. Joe B

    Jack, This has been a Hugh problem for years and it is getting worse because President Obama, and congress will not do anything to protect the citizens of America so they can have their vote. The news media is not any better. Everyone protects the Illegals over us tax paying Americans! I live in Arizona and the crime all around us is crazy bad. From home invasions to identity theft to threats in the work place and schools and in our neighborhoods..
    Then they protest like they have rights here. They take all of our cities money for everything.
    I have to say they have no rights and we want this to return to our country. With no amnesty what so ever! And return to an English speaking country. I get school letters and 75% of that letter is in Spanish. We have had enough and need to vote out each and every person that sold us out. Get them out of office now.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  83. An Arizonian

    Honestly, all I think that means is that it's on the forefront of people's minds due to the Arizona Bill, so it's a hot topic. People feel very strongly about this on both sides, so they are more likely (imo) to speak out about it. Some cry racist, others just that it involves citizenship. I honestly think people should READ the Bill as all it does is allow the local Police to enforce ALREADY IN PLACE Federal laws. Let me ask you a question Jack: Do you think everyone would be crying for the "Mexican" if this Bill were passed in Florida?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  84. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    If immigration isn't properly dealt with by the feds, the states will do it for them. There is a growing number people here who want the flow of illegals stopped and illegals deported, Illegals are overrunning the system, healthcare, welfare and funded by the taxpayers who only get screwed.

    Most of the loudest complainers of the new law are activists and liberals who think they should stay(and magically become legal)

    The Dems want to delay this for as long as possible, because they are looking at the large Hispanic voting block to keep them in power.

    We need the fence all along the border, not just in certain areas, and not built by illegals, but LEGAL and AMERICAN workers!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  85. Arnold, NJ

    Its only when the economy is in bad shape that the issue of imigration comes up.When the economy is in good shape , no one is concernd.
    Those who say that illigal's are taking our jobs, are lying. they do the jobs that no one else wants to do !!!!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  86. chuckh

    i agree with arizona i think it's about time we get back to liveing under american laws and not under foreign country's laws

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  87. Ankur Thapar

    If Federal Government thinks suing the Arizona State can solve the problem, then they should think outside the box.

    It's about time that Federal Government should address the issue of Illegal Immigration rather than pointing fingers on each other.

    City- Hollywood.

    State- Florida.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  88. sara

    Well, Jack, You should ask the Republicans in Washington, why are they standing in the way of Immigration Reform in the US Congress.
    It seems the Republicans in the US Congress are ignoring the American people, by refusing to discuss Immigration Reform with the Democrats. the Democrats, right now, are writing legislation that will increase border security, as a first priority, and then find a way to deal with the illegal immigrants in the country – as well ! BUT the Republicans REFUSE to participate, they say they will fillibuster the Immigration Reform Bill. So Jack, maybe you should ask the Republicans why they refuse to help with Immigration Reform legislation in the US Congress. Republicans are blocking immigration Reform in the Congress, WHY IS THAT?!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  89. Randy in Minnesota


    It simply means that our current & prior administrations have not had the guts to enforce the laws already in place. The longer this goes on and the more crime that occurs on and around the border the worse this is going to get. Go ahead and boycott AZ, as 70% of the nation agrees with the new AZ law. Go AZ!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  90. Peggy Haubrich

    It simply means that citizens are fed up with the rhetoric of the federal government. They talk about the need for comprehensive immigration reform. We have already said that we may be willing to talk about that but not until we see control of the border.

    Janet N. (our last governor) has a huge case of amnesia and our very own John McCain seems to have had a revelation but the only person who gets the crisis is our now Gov J. Brewer. If only others could be as brave.

    It is difficult to be labelled racist simply because we want a law abiding

    Yikes, I did vote for Obama. I thought he would be a champion for the rule of law. Seems I got that wrong. Peggy in Arizona

    May 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  91. rohit (seattle)

    Legal immigration sucks in America. Laws are 3 decade olds. I have been living here legally since 2000, applied green card in 2005 and have not yet got it for more than 5 years. Well the reason is: "too many applicants from my country." However, another person born in a neighbouring country came here in 2007 got his green card in 2009. Do I really want to be a citizen here after going through all this?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  92. Bruce

    We often seem to confuse the immigrants who come to the United States in order to work at a hard job for minimum wage (or less) with participants in the current drug war which is raging all along the border with Mexico.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  93. AzFred

    The swipe at McCain is really unproductive. The whole issue has become one of political posturing instead of the security of citizens. News print ignores the fact that the law mirrors Federal law and that 42 other states have ID requirements when law enforcement has propable cause to seek information or investigate

    May 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  94. ysadora

    It just means that people are vaguely aware that it has been in the news lately. My concern about immigration relates to terrorism: I have no fear of Latinos, but Faisal Shazad is a scary problem. I think Latin countries should allow North Americans to move in and live/work, and in exchange the U.S. should offer another amnesty for working Latinos. No more automatic citizenship for foreigners born here, though; and a moratorium on new immigration until we have absorbed the immigrants who are here and set up a functioning system for keeping the country safe from terrorists among us.

    I am from Chicago. My father's people have been here since colonial times, and my mother was of German and Norwegian immigrant stock.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  95. Tom - Huntsville, AL

    A question for you: Why won't the federal government enforce existing immigration laws? Local governments are at a loss. They can't even arrest unlicensed and unininsured illegal immigrant drivers who have accidents because the feds won't do anything about it.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  96. Katie

    Hi Jack,
    This means people forget (who knows?) how many millions of jobs we lost to China and other Asian countries lately. Is there a poll showing how many jobs went to Asia in the last 2 decades? Is there any research comparing how many jobs we lost to immigrants to how many went to Asia? I doubt it...outsourcing is legal. Nobody sees the millions of people working abroad making our clothes, our furniture, our televisions. It's O.K to see a tag saying "made in China" but it's not O.K to see immigrants here because they are in our face. Lou Dobbs is right, outsourcing America is the big problem here.
    Love your show Jack!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  97. John

    We need to look at this problem rationally....Mexico should become the 51 state...then we all can benefit from the workers...oil...and development of more vacation spots...

    May 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  98. McClintock

    Illegal Immigration says it all. People who enter this country in an unauthorized manor are illegal. What part of illegal are people having trouble with? These people are not citizens of this country and are not privy to the rights of said citizens. I am very concerned that our government is considering anything that would change that.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  99. Jason Wold

    My question is, if the phrase “illegal immigration” is drawing so much criticism and an individual crossing the border into our country has what would appear to be the same rights as I, a natural born citizen, then how long will it be before the Obama Administration drops the “illegal” phrase and replaces it with “temporary?”

    Jason Wold
    Dallas, TX

    May 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  100. Layne Alleman

    Jack, It means that, more likely than not, that ILLEGAL immigration is affecting their lives in someway (probably not for the better). After all, the problem we need to address is ILLEGAL immigration at the borders, not people who have: waited in line, paid their fees,applied for visas, gotten a job LEGALLY, then paid taxes, taken a citizenship test (and passed), to become a welcomed member of our inclusive society. What I guess what I'm trying to say here Jack, is that no matter what the talking heads say about the "recession" is over, well maybe it is for them and Wall Street, but out here on Main Street, where looking for a good paying job is getting ugly, the "race-to-the-bottom" is an everyday occurrence. Let's be real; no one in Washington, or anywhere else gives a rats ....... Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  101. sharon traina

    Thanks to our Govenor the rest of the country is finally being heard
    J McCain now in his ads states we need troups we need to build that FENCE really now he wants us to vote him in again because we need that FENCE
    no kidding John

    May 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  102. Peter

    It means more and more of the public know what ILLEGAL means Judging from the antics of far too many politicians, they obviously dont know what ILLEGAL means.
    Peter W.
    Langley B.C.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  103. Jim B

    We all need to thank and support Arizona, 13 states are now talking about implementing similar laws and 69% of Americans are supporting this concept.

    The problem has grown so large and our economy is so so bad that we have NO JOBS TO SPARE, When there are enough jobs for the 25+million Americans that can not find full time employment , we may become more open minded.

    Any politician supporting immigration reform now are guilty of treason towards their fellow Americans!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  104. Eric Riviera-Jurado

    It only means that this is the latest wave of anti-immigration, both legal and non, in America. America has a well-documented history of going through periods of strong anti-undocumented worker centiments followed by almost ravenous hunger for the cheap labor and economic assistance these people bring to America, as was the case during the Civil War and with World War I and II.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  105. Taxpayer

    The uncontrolled flood of illegals continues unabated, encouraged in part by our government officials pandering to special interest groups in order to gain potential votes in future elections. Meanwhile, they are forfeiting the sovereignity of this once great nation. Our borders mean nothing; it means less every day to be a citizen of this nation as all of the benifits of citizenship are being bestowed on those that ignore the laws of this land. Meanwhile, honest, law-abiding taxpayers are footing the bill for this folly. It's time for our elected officials to enforce the laws of this land as they were elected and sworn to do or it's time to replace them all at the first electoral opportunity.

    The government spent untold fortunes shutting down the mafia to eliminate organized crime. Seems to me that organized crime is indeed alive and well in this country. It lives on Capital Hill.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  106. Mike in Tucson

    It means that people realize that something is at stake if they take no position on the issue. For Latinista ethnic nationalists it means reaction to efforts to finally enforce US law. For conservatives it means recognizing that the crime and balkanization that comes with an ethnic minority that refuses to assimilate and venerates a national heritage (Mexican) that would embarress most others to silence is not good for national unity. For those few liberals who actually think about it, it means that Mexico's habit of labor dumping isn't very good for wages in the United States. Finally, for Mexico itself, it means that if the United States puts an end of their national effort to foist their social problems on the US, the only alternative is domestic reform that finally gives lower-class Mexicans a chance at climbing the economic ladder while remaining in Mexico.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  107. Daniel, Waterbury, CT

    It's for sure the number one issue in my list.

    We need a Comprehensive Immigration Reform NOW!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  108. Linda

    American citizens are finally fed up with ILLEGAL immigrants. They are costing states unbelievable amounts of money by using the welfare, healthcare, foodstamps, etc. systems and because of the number of them that are in our prisons. Also, THEY ARE BREAKING THE LAW!!! I applaud Gov. Brewer for standing up for the rights of the citizens of her state. I used to live in Arizona, still have family there, and are concerned about the situation of the illegals. I used to think it was mostly a problem in the border states, but moved to PA and have found the problem just as bad here. Pennsylvania is considering a law similar to AZ and I hope they pass it.
    Linda from Lancaster, PA

    May 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  109. common sense in Texas

    It means we've had enough. Politicians did not listen to us during the recess last August over health care reform, so we're not waiting for them to do something positive about the immigration issue – namely enforce the laws on the books. Any lawsuit against Arizona's action should result in an immediate counter-suit due to lack of enforcement at the federal level.

    We had to prove we resided in our politician's districts in order to attend the above mentioned town hall meetings, yet these same politicians seem to take issue with Arizona wanting immigrants to carry papers. How come?

    Then everyone says it's the businesses fault for hiring illegals. Did the businesses go across the border and drag potential employees back to the workplace?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  110. Beth O, Houston TX

    I agree with Father Tom's assessment that the root of the problem is the attraction of jobs. Any amount of enforcement on the street or at the border just wastes money, creates ill feelings and traps mostly decent people (criminals are better at hiding). And Carl, keep in mind Mexico's immigration laws were changed to be more strict at the request of the USA, because of the numbers of people to the south even poorer that try to walk through Mexico to get here. And Brent, the reason why current laws aren't being enforced is because of the large numbers of U.S. citizens whose livelihoods would be destroyed, so that's why we need to level the playing field so all employers can/must ask for real papers. And Darryl, the purpose of reform is to create a right way for people to come; currently, there is no way to come legally and work, for most people, even with a spouse or relatives here.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  111. Don in Nevada

    It means we are in deep trouble. Our national debt is 58% of the GDP. Assuming our debt is accruing interest, we are not raising taxes, we continue to add more debt, and increase war spending, then we can count on the US imploding. It is only a matter of 'when.' Then, we won't have borders at all, because we probably won't have a government. So please, I urge you to keep fighting immigration. In the meantime the foundation of the economy is crumbling around us and we squabble about relatively unimportant issues..

    May 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  112. richard gregor

    it means that the mexican government does not care mabout it's people and are more than willing to let it's poorest people leave so they do not have to care for them, fon't have to build schools, roads, bring electric power to the outer regions, build hospitals. let the gringos to the noth spend thier money on our problem. we just want to get rid or them. so they don't have to spend thier oil moner on the poor people of mexico. if they don't start to treat thier own peoplelike humans, they will continue to come across. really don't see this problem from the north, oh that's right thier country looks after thier own.

    r.j. gregor
    ligonier in.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  113. doris abad

    people seem to forget that it is called illegal immigrant. the key word is illegal. people who did not get to the United States of America the correct way and have the proper legal documentation on file somewhere should have to go home. no questions asked, they are illegal. it is like saying its ok if you only have one DUI you can still drive drunk till they get enough that they pay attention. this whole situation has gotten out of control and we need to take back control just like Arizona did. (for a while anyway, until Obama overrides it.) woooot woooot for Arizona

    May 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  114. Barry

    It means that 90% of Americans don't consider immigration to be the highest priority problem.

    The more important poll result is that a majority of Americans believe our porous border to be a big problem that needs to be addressed.

    Why should the burden of our failed immigration policy fall on the Arizona landowners who have to clean up the trash and damage the illegals who cross their private property leave behind?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  115. Ken from Woodstock, GA

    It means it is a question of national identity and sovereignty. Are we going to let ourselves be held hostage by a population of people who are in the country illegally? Laws and borders exist for a reason. Name another country that is criticized for enforcing it's border and protecting it's citizens. Our laws dicate what happens to illegal aliens, not the other way around.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  116. dan

    It means people (American Citizens – both liberal and conservative, democrat or republican or independent) are tired of political rhetoric and would like to see action. No real action was taken during Clinton, Bush, or Obama on this particular issue of immigration. I hope that we see leadership develop in both parties that will effectively work for the good of America's future.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  117. MarkJ

    We do not need immigration reform. We need the federal government to enforce the existing laws. We need a law that makes illegal entry into this country grounds that prohibit any opportunity for citizenship in the future. We need to change the constitution babies born to illegal aliens should be illegal themselves. No amnesty. No DREAM act. Secure our borders. Make e-Verify a requirement and punish companies that hire illegal aliens.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  118. Ken in NC

    Jack, it means there be a shocking situation when the Indian Nation awakens and starts asking Whites for their immigration papers. Before White Americans over ran our nation we had a good system of justice, no rampart diseases, no unemployment a balanced budget and no oil spills. Republicans and Democrats can't beat that with a stick.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  119. John C

    Dear Jack,
    Please take note of the Pew Research poll showing approximately 2/3 rds of the American public supports Arizona's illegal alien law. Also, comment on Mexico's imprisonment laws for illegals and the numerous human rights groups who site Mexico's discrimination (and profiling) of other non-Mexican Latinos that are illegally in Mexico !

    May 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  120. David

    It simply means that America is tired of this!. The primary purpose of the government is to protect its own citizens, not illegal immigrants. Well, apparently the attorney general Holder is doing quite the opposite, protecting the "rights" of foreign individuals who broke our laws. This is outrageous!! It's very disturbing when a government is more willing to protect others than its own people.

    Also, does it even matter that more than 60% of the country agrees with Arizona's new law? Are the politicians listening?? Their failure to do so will only lead to their political peril.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  121. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    Jack, think back beyond two years when a white, Christian, Republican president led the country. Has more encroachments been exhibited beyond our borders?...Get the message?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  122. Donaldo in ATL

    Jack: Yes it is me again. As the child of a legal immigrant, I havebeen given the opportunity inherited thru birth. My concern is not with the illegals, when we should be talking about those applying legally. How dare the first group step on the rights of those legally pursuing citizenship. Let us focus on doing things the correct way, to remind us all that we all have rules to live by, no shortcuts. It is an insult to those of us who live by rules of law to allow illegal immigration to occur, no matter the circumstance.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  123. Greg Leichner

    It means two things: the new Arizona law ignited a temporary fire under the fat fannies of the pathetic idiots who answer polls; and it means that poll-driven news is a disease that must be erased from all media. Poll-driven news is a neon sign flashing "Lazy Reporter." A poll of 1000 pathetic idiots does not indicate the beliefs of "the number of Americans citing immigration as the nation's top problem."

    G. Leichner

    Placitas NM

    May 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  124. Eric Pirog

    Best way to deal with immigration: inclusion. This country is founded on immigration and we will need yet another wave of immigration in our history as the Baby Boomers leave the workforce in the coming decades but continue consuming. Secure the border, allow immigration as needed and have those already here: pay a penalty, learn English, pay into taxes, mix into society and become Americans.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  125. nkm

    It means one thing - that the Federal government has failed miserably in controlling its borders. If they had done their job in the first place, there would be no issue with Arizona's desperation to stop the invasion.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  126. Sue

    I think there is more important things than immigration to be upset about. Who knows if these polls are even taken, it might be something just throwed out there.
    Mccain is definetly different than he used to be, but I would be too if I thought the talk show guy/ tea bagger might beat me.
    I think Mccain would be better than the opponent running against him.
    Watch what you wish for, you might it. I'm not, but if I was a Repub, I would vote for Mccain.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  127. Gene Mead

    Immigration is not the problem – except for American Indians, we all are immigrants. America welcomes immigrants. The problem is ILLEGAL Immigration which is easy enough to understand. However, those with alterior motives insist on lumping it all together to confuse the issue.

    Bottom line is the US is a soverign nation and has every right and responsibility to determine who crosses its borders.

    Years ago when political correctness first reared its ugly head, I saw it as a cancerous threat to common sense and critical thinking. I was right and we are suffering for it not just on our borders, but in most issues we face today.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  128. Carol Kentucky

    It means American are sick of the propaganda surrounding illegal immigration...They want the border secured and the drug cartels out of our cities and sent home..
    Arizona is trying to deal with the problems the Feds have ignored.
    Arizona law enforcement are being called racists because illegal and legal hispanics are above the law, hispanics should not be stopped or arrested for breaking any law be it traffic, misdemeaner, or felony or immigration. Hispanic rule and are immune to the laws of the land...We have put border agents in prision for messing with an illegal drug trafficer that was of special interest to Mexico President Calderon....Now they are considering suing elected officials who are trying to protect the people and property in Arizona...The American citizens will speak at the polls in November...Bill Meyer is a fool if he beleives there are no problem....

    May 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  129. Zoe, Seattle, WA


    I dont see any problem with "Show mw Your papers"

    May 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  130. one

    Ever notice that most of the "protesting" is being done by "latinos?" Most of them are probably illegal to begin with. To give these people amnesty will be the complete ruin of the country. Ever wonder why they all "stick together" so tightly, even in defiance ot the law? Want more gang graffitti, let them stay. Want more crime, let them stay. Want more overcrowding in the schools, let them stay. Want overcrowding in the hospitals, parks, let them stay. Want more neighborhoods destroyed, let them stay. I could go on and on, you've probably already heard it,lots of it, and you will continue to hear it, lots of it. Want to create a permanent "underclass" say like in India? Give them amnesty. Want to destroy the middle class in America, let them stay. Want a welfare state ten times larger than we have now, let them stay. Why is there any doubt at all as to what this many "baby machines" will do to this nation. Take a look at their own countries, and you can see the tidal wave coming – if we let it happen.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  131. Ben Lontree

    Keep in mind Jack two people have died very recently here in Arizona as the result of illegals. Illegals act as mules to smuggle in drugs. We need the wall finished and guarded. We Arizonans are not only financially burdened with this we are dying.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  132. Ramon F. Herrera

    The illegal immigration problem has at its core two factors:

    – America's addiction to inexpensive products and services.

    – America's addition to drugs.

    As a firm believer in capitalism and competition, I can only criticize the people engaged in the latter activity.

    -Ramon F. Herrera
    Houston, Texas

    May 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  133. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Immigration being the nations top problem is meant to be misleading to cast blame on economic failure.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  134. Paul in Idaho

    It seems to me that drugs are a large part of the illegal immigration problem. The authorities to our south, not just Mexico, but many other countries, are influenced and even corrupted by drug money.Agreed?

    Legalize drugs, provide them in a safe environment, and provide rehabilitation services. It will be much cheaper than dealing with arresting drug users and drug dealers. Once the profit goes out of drugs, the corrupted police south of the border will lose their source of money. Then we can deal with restoring Mexico's government into a credible civil organ.

    Only then will we be able to create economies in Mexico that employ their most ambitious workers, the ones who try to come to the U.S.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  135. Ben Lontree

    Keep in mind Jack two more people have died very recently here in Arizona as the result of illegals. Illegals act as mules to smuggle in drugs. We need the wall finished and guarded. We Arizonans are not only financially burdened with this we are dying. If something is not done we will become like Juarez.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  136. dennis, california

    It means that U.S. citizens are fed up with supporting tens of millions of people coming here and breaking our laws. All that needs to be done is to enforce our existing laws and stop the magnets. If there were no jobs, no benefits and services and no allowance of anchor babies then they would not come or they would leave. They should go home and support their own countries reform. We are tired and broke and tax dollars should go to support U.S. citizens and those who came in legally. Enough of the freeloaders.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  137. Conti-59

    Why not enforce the laws on the books? If I go to a foreign country, I have to show proof of permission to be there, if not, I have to go home. Should be the same here. We have made it too easy to be here, illegally and otherwise. I'm not for discrimination; yet I strongly support fixing the illegal people problems.
    Tell me, how are they immigrants and illegals at the same time?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  138. burt

    Illegal employment = illegal immigration. Stop the work – stop the illegal immigration. No work – no reason to come. It's pretty simple, but at the same time very complex. No one wants to pay $10 for a head of lettuce or box of strawberries. Any whites, blacks, orientals, middle easterners or other races out there wanting the back breaking work at low wages? I doubt it... It reminds me of the pro life fanatics preaching about saving the unborn but not wanting to adopt babies they are determined to save.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  139. Jim

    Please report what the majority of Americans want, send the illegals back to Mexico.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  140. Kevin

    Lets employ americans to build a great big wall along the southern boarder of our country. You are all blind if you think these people are here to help better the USA. They don't want to associate with us. They just want everything for free and they get it. Not just Mexico either. I see it from all the natives of other countries. "Just get out of my way" they say "and gimme my welfare". I say if the liberals enjoy they're presence so much,tax them for all the bills and debt we have from illegals.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  141. Marv in Florida

    Jack –

    The answer is pure economics.

    Now that unemployment is in the double digets – people are willing to take jobs they would not two years ago when the economy was good.

    Those in the U.S. with green cards and illegally have been willing to take those jobs.

    In addition, states are in debt for miss-managing public funds and because the public at large are maxing out their services – this includes those who cross our boarders illegally.

    If we were at 4% unemployment – you would not even be asking the question.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  142. Gen Devries

    "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

    May 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  143. Deb from Texas

    It means we're sick and tired of all this and collectively we are saying to our government, "We don't want to take it anymore! You should have done your job all along and it wouldn't have come to this. " I think everyone is sick and tired of the endless handouts, unearned benefits, giving rights to those that shouldn't have any, and then being disrespected in our own country to boot! I saw the photos on line of the high school students who hung the Mexican flag on their American high school flag pole and then disrespectfully hung the U.S. flag underneath the Mexican flag. And we're supposed to be happy with that? If the local ethnic classes being taught in their schools are encouraging this, then yes, we have a huge problem. Bigger than we realize, and it's only going to get worse. We have to identify it for what it is and take care of it NOW. It IS our number one problem.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  144. Randi

    This is not a battle between party affiliations. It's a matter of adhering to the law. What part of "illegal" don't people understand? If you want to live in the U.S., become a citizen the legal way. Arizona is on the right path.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  145. Helen D, Quincy, MA

    It means that the average American is sick and tired of illegal migrants getting benefits that should be restricted to 'citizens only'. It means that we are tired of politicians not listening to us (the citizens of this country). They are trying to be 'politically correct' and losing sight of the big picture as common sense is disappearing and being politically correct (or being stupid about things) is taking it place. Presidents in the past have shipped illegals back, why doesn't our government have the same courage? I applaud Arizona and think that the City of Boston in boycotting Arizona is only pandering to the Latino population in Boston. As we (non-spanish speaking) Bostonians don't agree with the city council.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  146. Phoenix immigrant

    It is economical issue, not political or cultural. Mexicans abusing Arizona welfare and social system. Just red in Tucson news paper as people form Mexico cross boarder illegally, give birth to child in US to gain legal status, buy cheap apartment in Tucson and go back to Mexico. Then they come to US twice a month to collect welfare...In addition to that there are schools along the boarder, where Mexicans come everyday to get free education, paid by American taxpayers. If California and other states like DC have budget surplus they are welcome to take all self-declared immigrants, typically with fake or fraudulent documents, and pay all what they ask to be happy.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  147. misanthropicus

    Finally! Among countless (and severe) problems this country faces, immigration is one of the top – and the Dems' (or at least the liberals') solution is to... inject in the already vulnerated tissue of this nation... 13 millions more aliens! Aliens with no sympathy or interest for America's traditions, ways or history, aliens VERRRRRRY high on entitlement and (absurd) vengeance sense, and who, overall, while generally earning their living, still are a financial burdenfor the taxpayers.

    Did I forget somethibg? Oh, yeah – all those millions of aliens would be 99% Democrat voters –

    May 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  148. David Sisters OR

    What it means, sadly is that people alloow the media to decide which issues are important–immigration is all over the news so it must be no. 1

    May 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  149. Robert W, North carolina

    This means it has gotten a lot of publicity. The press from AZ has caused a lot of this. The focus is on immigration. Our president made comments about it which gave it more press. If I didn't want to think about it I still would be thinking about it. By the way, didn’t Bush propose a visitor worker program? This problem has existed for a long time but now with unemployment high people are thinking about it. "These people do jobs that Americans will not do" is the calming statement people were spitting out before unemployment was over 9 percent. Now people think “Americans might do these jobs if they cannot find any other job". Most people get less generous when resources get tight. I think the feds need to get busy either enforcing the immigration laws or changing them. Which one they choose doesn't matter to me. They are just afraid of losing votes by offending the Hispanic people.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  150. Michael in Fontana

    As a teacher in a high school with a makeup of 85% hispanic, 25% undocumented, it galls me that we must use our resources to educate children who consider California to be another Mexican state.

    Why are we so deluded as to not see what is happening to America and how we will soon be a third world nation. As an American citizen living in the Southwest, I can attest to the invasion and the racism of the undocumented alien who believes taking advantage of the system is their right.

    Wish California would get the courage to pass a law similar to Arizona's and make it a national trend.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  151. Michael in Phoenix

    It is interesting that they are saying we do not have a problem in Phoenix. The most recent report by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office found 22 percent of convicted felons were here illegally and that 18 percent of property crimes in the county were committed by undocumented immigrants.

    Figures from the Arizona Department of Corrections show 15 percent of its inmates are "criminal aliens."

    Meanwhile, federal estimates show only nine percent of Maricopa County's population and eight percent of the statewide population are here illegally.

    Interesting statistics?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  152. bill

    The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  153. Mr. C.

    Mr. C

    From: San Jose, CA

    I truly believe that illegal immigration is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. The Federal Government has ignored this problem for much to long and the true citizens of this country are paying the consequences. Many resources in my local community are being exhausted, because of the large illegal immigrant population here, not to even mention the State of California. I would like to know where are the States and leading political figures that support Arizona for taking a stand to try to deal with this issue. I’m not going to support anyone who comes into this country illegally and then tries to apply for citizenship as a law abiding citizen.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  154. mike m, Long Beach, Ca

    Being here without proper documentation is a Federal misdemeanor, Every person who has committed any crime need to be concerned about being taken into custody at almost any time. Illegals are not special and the idea that they are trying to seek a better life...every burglar who steals from your home or takes your car is seeking a better life.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  155. Austin Native

    Jack, my husband recently served on jury duty. Everyone involved in the crime was illegal – carful of illegals shooting at another car full of illegals. Victim was a pregnant woman. Now we are supporting the criminal (in jail), the victim and her child, and their healthcare (emergency plus delivery of the new citizen and ongoing rehab). Our justice system paid for a trial, our police had to deal with the crime, even interpreters had to be employed to translate for the jurors, judge, and attorneys. Hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted on a typical illegal situation here in Austin. Also, our schools, which used to be the best in the state, are now overrun with illegals. Sky high property taxes pay for this, since we don't have an income tax. We are sick and tired of it and for good reason!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  156. Gadsden

    The flag on the ground says it all. Illegals treat our country with the same respect they show for the flag. Illegals come here for the handouts. When we deny welfare, food stamps, jobs, health care, education and citizenship to illegal aliens and their children, then the problem will be solved. Illegals will self-deport at no expense to taxpayers and with no amnesty for law breakers. There is a comprehensive immigration reform already in Congress. It's called the SAVE Act.

    Support the SAVE Act!
    End Birthright Citizenship!


    May 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  157. Bruce McNeary, Phoenix, AZ

    Obviously we should enforce the laws which are in place in regards to immigration. However the arguement that we are all immigrants and that others deserve that same right is about as solid as butter. There reaches a point when the new land, in the case the US, is full and we are very close to that point now with high unemployment, overcrowded and polluted cities, etc. You can only put so many people in the boat before it sinks, same concept with a great land I love called the United States.

    It is not the right of more people to come here which has a determental effect on our great country. Rather it is the duty of every American to protect their country even if that means keeping an excess of people out of the country.

    Protecting and preserving our country is not racist, it's our duty as Americans.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  158. DIANA

    Funny how the Republcan's are brining up these immigration problems close to election year. Why don't they want to talk about the economy which was what most of us were worried about before it started getting better. Is it because if we do – America will realize the Republicans did nothing about the economy?

    The Republican's better be careful what they wish for. Democrats are more united about Immigration that the Republicans and it could bite them in the end.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  159. Chris

    It means we're finally fed up with taking care of people who clearly don't wish to assimilate as Americans. I'm tired of feeling like I have to learn Spanish in my own country. Especially after serving 22 years in the Marine Corps. Futhermore, just by looking at the photo provided, I see an American flag being disecrated on the ground. Where's the respect?
    The signs held by children maybe born from this country by parents who came here illegally. Who paid for their medical coverage when they gave birth? How can they pay taxes if they have no jobs or social security number? "Why are we taking care of other countries citizens?"

    May 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  160. Judy - California

    Because they're feeling the pinch. The country is in a recession, and there is great danger of our taxes going up. Why? The illegals who are sucking up our social services, by committing crimes and using our medical facilities while on the welfare dollar. Most countries arrest and incarcarate people who cross the their borders illegally, but not us. We wait and do nothing until the population explodes, and then we offer them a path to citizenship. Who is sponsoring these millions who will receive amnesty? I guess the ability to support oneself is no longer a requirement for citizenship in this country.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  161. maria, california

    I know you won't read this cause you keep taking my postings off. But what I have to say is that Americans and legal immigrants are tired of having to shell out billions of dollars for millions of people here breaking our laws. All the government needs to do is to enforce the laws already on the books and take away the magnets of services, benefits and jobs and anchor babies and we will have the problem solved. Look at how Mexico enforces their immigration laws.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  162. ronjon

    Why is the immigration debate only about illegals and not about the plight of thousands of legal immigrants stuck in the green card backlog? No one seems to care about the fact that legally employed highly skilled (H1B)immigrants from some countries face wait times of more than 15 years even after being in this country legally for more than ten years. Meanwhile on a work visa, the spouses are not allowed to work and changing companies is extremely hard ( as this results in going back years to the start of the Green card que). This applies even for those who have master's degrees in Science and Math.
    So fix the Green card backlog problem before talking about legalizing illegals.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  163. Cowboy

    I didn't serve this county for the illegal mexicans right to be here, I served for Americans and for the freedom of Americans. It is a priviledge to be an American, not a right to foreign citizens who come here to suck the life out of our welfare system and avoid taxes that American citizens pay. If the liberals have their way, this country and our way of life will be history in only a matter of several years.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  164. MaD pLATo

    LEGAL immigration, per se, is the hallmark and stamp of this nation. It's the illegals who must be stopped from entering. And process those who already here...and stop all others from COMING IN!


    May 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  165. Steve from California

    The state of Arizona has awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve. The reference to Admiral Isoroko Yamamoto's statement after Pearl Harbor rings true again as U.S. citizens are unifying against an enemy that if left unchecked will certainly destroy us.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  166. Meg from Troy

    The poll numbers are up because of this Arizona law. I don't believe it is our most serious problem–it will have to get in line behind the economy and jobs. Sad about McCain–time to retire?

    May 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  167. Rogelio

    Everyone knows their's a problem based on the media news, but will Obama be like Bush promising an immigration reform to get the votes of the Hispanics people to be the President(as it has happen). It means it's time for Congress to step up before this issues gets any bigger before local and state make their own laws based on others.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  168. CC

    I just wonder what the native American woul dsay about this whole discussion if they were still around!!

    May 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  169. Chrystal

    Once all of the big corporations stop hiring immigrants they will no longer want to come here. As simple as that. As long as America wants cheap labor this will never stop. So, all of you instead of just complaining do something about it.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  170. Shaggy

    I have been living in Phoenix the past 10 years. The worst an illegal alien has ever done to me is cook me food, wash my car, build my house and landscape my yard.

    May 12, 2010 at 5:55 pm |