August 23rd, 2010
06:00 PM ET

What if 22 states considering immigration laws like Arizona's?


A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle drives along the fence separating the U.S. from Mexico near the town of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

One day we may look back on Arizona as the state that led the way when it comes to doing something about the illegal immigration crisis.

22 states are now considering immigration laws like the one passed in Arizona, according to a group called Americans for Legal Immigration.

These include another border state, Texas, along with northern states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and New Jersey.

Some states - like Rhode Island and Colorado - are sending lawmakers to Arizona to figure out how to best craft their own immigration laws.

All this is happening, despite the fact that a federal judge threw out key parts of Arizona's law - including requiring police to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for another reason. That ruling is now under appeal.

Polls show a majority of Americans support Arizona's law. They want something done.

Meanwhile - there are signs that the violence from Mexico's drug wars is spilling into the U.S.

A shootout between drug traffickers and Mexican authorities in Juarez injured three police officers and left one gunman dead. Juarez is only 30 yards from the border at El Paso, Texas - and has become one of the deadliest cities in the world - more than 1,800 people have been killed there this year.

Authorities say a bullet from the shootout may have struck a building at the University of Texas. This comes less than two months after several bullets from a deadly shootout in Juarez hit the El Paso City Hall. It's no wonder Texas Governor Rick Perry keeps pleading for more National Guard troops .

Here’s my question to you: What does it say if 22 states are considering immigration legislation like Arizona’s?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: Immigration • Law Enforcement
August 23rd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Political ambition ruined McCain's legacy?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John McCain became a household name by riding across country in a bus called The Straight Talk Express. But these days, "straight talk" seems just about the last way to describe what's coming out of his mouth.
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McCain now holds a comfortable lead over his primary opponent, J.D. Hayworth, as he makes a run for his fifth term representing Arizona in the U.S. Senate, but as Politico describes it, it's a "costly road" that could likely leave a "lasting and unsightly stain on his legacy."

For starters - John McCain, once a champion of campaign finance reform, has spent more than $20 million ahead of tomorrow's primary. And there are the positions McCain's taking - which are completely different from positions he took during his "maverick" days.

McCain was a sponsor of comprehensive immigration reform with Ted Kennedy. No more... now he's flipped on the issue. Big time. He supports Arizona's tough immigration law, and spends more time talking about border security and finishing "the danged fence." McCain has gone from maverick to panderer.

He's also changed his tune on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. He once said he supported the repeal of the policy, but is now promising to filibuster any bill that would do just that.

Climate change? McCain used to be a leader on that issue, and now he's pretty much steering clear of it.

How sad. McCain used to stand up for what he thought was right. Now, at age 73, he's just another politician willing to sell out his principles for a vote. See it's the only way to save his political life - and get the support of the conservative Republicans who vote in Arizona's primary. The maverick has become a hypocrite.

Here’s my question to you: Has political ambition ruined John McCain's legacy?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Filed under: John McCain