June 10th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

What if Arizona's new law causing illegal immigrants to leave the state?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's already working.

Arizona's tough new immigration law doesn't even go into effect for another seven weeks, but lots of the state's 460,000 illegal aliens are leaving now.
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USA Today reports that records from schools, businesses and individuals suggest that many worried legal and illegal Latinos are fleeing Arizona.

Schools in Latino neighborhoods show big drops in enrollment.

In one elementary school, 70 kids have been pulled out by their parents in just the last month... that's compared to seven students who left the school in the same period last year.

The superintendent says "they're leaving to another state where they feel more welcome."

That was pretty much the point of the Arizona law, wasn't it?

The new law requires police to ask for immigration papers if someone is stopped for another crime - you know, just like police ask for your driver's license when you're stopped for a traffic violation.

Businesses that serve primarily Latino areas say things are much slower.

The head of a chamber of commerce for Hispanic business owners says it's because illegal immigrants are holding onto cash as they prepare to leave the state.

Other small business owners say they will have to move elsewhere because business is "completely dead."

Governor Jan Brewer's office says it's hard to know how many people are leaving because of the law; but she says "if that means that fewer people are breaking the law, that is absolutely an accomplishment."

In 2007, when Arizona passed another law that imposed tougher penalties on businesses that hired illegal aliens - about 100,000 of them left the state.

Here’s my question to you: What's the message if Arizona's new immigration law is causing illegal immigrants to leave the state?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Immigration
June 10th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Why is Democratic Congress refusing to pass a budget?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

At a time of skyrocketing federal deficits and a national debt that just passed $13 trillion, the Democrats in Congress can't be bothered to pass a budget for next year.
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That's their job. Congress is supposed to decide how to spend the taxpayers' money. They are mandated to pass a budget; and presumably to stick to it... but that's a whole other story. Yet efforts to pass a budget have stalled in the House because Democrats can't agree on what and how much to cut. See, it's an election year - can't be seen cutting things in an election year.

It's simply outrageous.

Republicans say Democrats are making a "huge mistake" by not passing a budget; and they're right. House Minority Leader John Boehner suggests Pres. Obama should find someone's "ass to kick" when it comes to the budget deficit. He says the GOP will be relentless about this issue.

One Democratic Congressman - Gerry Connolly from Virginia - calls budgets "inside baseball." Suggesting it's not something the public is interested in.

Meanwhile our government just keeps spending and spending - from the Wall Street bailouts to the economic stimulus to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and health care reform.

They are bankrupting the country by running up an astronomical bill. The national debt is now estimated to reach $19.6 trillion in less than five years.

It is a debt that can never be repaid. Our government is in the process of destroying this country. And despite warnings of the dire consequences of their actions, they continue undeterred taking us down the road to financial ruin.

Here’s my question to you: Why is the Democratic Congress refusing to pass a budget?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Congress • Democrats