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NOOOOO! Other States Want Immigration Laws Too!

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Even though Arizona's new immigration law doesn't go into effect until July 29th, many other states are planning on following in its footsteps.

The law requires police to check immigration status of anyone they think is in the country illegally with violators facing up to six months in jail, $2,500 in fines, and federal deportation.

Unfortunately, as many as 20 other states such as Florida, Minnesota, Idaho, and Oklahoma are planning on pushing similar measures in 2011.

Supporters of the law say that illegal immigrants are taking jobs, consuming public resources and services, aiding in gang violence and filling prisons.

However, those who oppose the bill say that citizens with the "wrong color" would be unjustly harassed.

This would be terrible!! Immigration laws like these would just fuel more racism and hatred!!

We need to put a stop to these offensive measures and show that we will not stand for this kind of discrimination!

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635 comments to “NOOOOO! Other States Want Immigration Laws Too!”

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  1. 1

    People! This is not discriminatory! The law states that police can check their status once already engaged in lawful contact- meaning when they have been stopped by a cop for reasons other than suspecting illegal status.

    How do you all support people coming here illegally? They are breaking the law by coming here illegally. How is this ok? Why can't they just go through the legal channels like everyone else? It is NOT that difficult- my family was able to do it! I have seen the process with them. It may not be the instant gratification that these criminals want, but all good things are worth waiting for. If they cannot manage to wait, they do not deserve to be here.

    Take some pride in your country!



  2. 2

    They're criminals jack ass. They snuck into our country illegally! *ILLEGALLY* Not only that but they're wrecking our economy! Why do you think so many states are beginning to set laws like this? Laws might I add, that are already in existence! Im so sick of people pulling the racism card. You want to guess who's protesting this?? The ones that are illegal ill bet! LMAO

  3. JM says – reply to this


    3

    I lived in a foreign country for a number of years and I had to be there legally. That meant I had to report to the appropriate government office, apply for a legal document allowing me to be in the country, and then carry it on my person should a police officer ever ask for it. I don't see what the problem is with having an expectation that people enter our country legally. Mine and your ancestors did and today shouldn't be any different. It's important to keep our country safe. I don't see this law as being about discrimination, but instead doing our best to keep our home as safe as possible for its legal residents.



  4. 4

    Perez…. please please please read what the Arizona actually is. I beg of you, please read it and relay it others. It is not what what you and many others are reporting it to be. It is, and never was, a free pass to just randomly check citizenship. Please read it.



  5. 5

    EVERY STATE IN THIS COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE/USE EXISTING ILLEGAL ALIENS LAWS…JUST THINK HOW MANY JOBS WOULD OPEN UP IMMEDIATELY IF ALL THE ILLEGALS DISAPPEARED..MABYE NOT GOOD HIGH PAYING JOBS,BUT JOBS WHERE A MOM AND DAD COULD BOTH WORK AND RAISE THEIR KIDS WITHOUT MY MONEY /TAXES….AND WHY IS IS CALLED DISCRIMINATION ONLY IN AMERICA? DO WETBACKS WELCOME US WITH OPEN ARMS AND NO QUESTIONS ASKED IN MEXICO? HOW BOUT IRAN,SWEDEN,FRANCE,ENGLAND???? HM? HM?…NO,DIDNT THINK SO..SHUT THE FUCK UP WHINERS…GET OUT ILLEGALS…



  6. 6

    Good…more states need to follow this and get rid of immigrants…they are here illegally…I think people should be required to have the SS card on them…that way when you get pulled over for speeding or whatever else it is you are doing wrong they can check to see if you are a US citizen..if not ship you back to where you came from…this is America..if you aren't a citizen go away and quick taking jobs away from our people



  7. 7

    I think it is absurd you have a problem showing your ID.
    WE ALL HAVE TO DO IT NOW when asked.
    Shut the fuck up about discrimination.

    And illegals DO put a huge strain on America's resources.

    We are struggling with a decade long war financially and emotionally, why wouldn't we protect our borders??

    When do you do your part to protect America, Mario Lavendeira?? Have you served in the forces??
    Why are you here?? Safety? Freedom?? PROTECT IT.



  8. 8

    shouldn't people be in our country LEGALLY?????? If I want to go to another country, I NEED A PASSPORT



  9. 9

    I say YES. I am an american, i was born here, i pay taxes. My parents work their ass off and so do I. I am ALL for immigration, thats what our country was built on. But if u think you can come and live here illegally, not pay taxes, and think that you have "rights", you're WRONG. I'm sorry, illegal immigrants DO NOT HAVE RIGHTS! they arent citizens! you want to become one, please do. This is america. You SHOULD be able to. The gov't needs to make laws that help them. But until we take a serious look at our borders and the amount of illegal immigrants that think they can live here without consequesnces, i think they states are going to continue to take the problem into their own hands.



  10. 10

    I think this is ok…they are here illegally …illegal immigrants need to stop being here illegally and go back to where they came from if they won't want to follow procedure to be here legally…we have sooo many US CITIZENS that are out of jobs that would be willing to work for what the imigrants work for so that they have a job and are making some sort of income to help support their families…send em all back!



  11. 11

    Why is this discriminatory?? They are here illegally!!! You don't see the drain these people have on our economy! I say if they want to be here they should be legal or go back home!!



  12. 12

    I want to start off by saying I'm Puerto Rican, and I think this law is perfectly fine. Our country is still in a recession and most of it is from ILLEGALS taking our state aid for families that actually need it. They bring crime into our country.. Drugs into our country. Want to stop the war on drugs? Build the Wall of China.

    They go to the same schools as our children who can speak English and hold EVERYTHING UP. It's pretty sad when the first words on cans of formula are Spanish. I'm in fucking America buddy, I speak English LIKE EVERYONE SHOULD.

    Sorry but they deserve this. If they weren't so scummy coming into our country, maybe people wouldn't want them out.

    Oh, and they should really stop stealing my fucking jobs.

  13. zeppe says – reply to this


    13

    Arizona is getting a bad rap,This law does not let police racial profile people do there skin tone they can only check identification when someone already has appeared to break the law, Arizona is paying out of its ears in there resources to fund these families if it be in school unpaid medical bills and food stamps shouldn't this money go to people that are here legally? Now if most of these families were applying for legal status I would understand the plight but not many are they are just here, I have had 3 friends killed by illegal aliens and if this law was enforced from the get go like it was supposed to be maybe they would still be here and what happened to these three illegal aliens that were murderers they made bail somehow and bailed the state maybe going to another state with a different name so they may be out there in your community.



  14. 14

    Oh, and for the record.. I think it's people like YOU Perez, who make these laws seem Oh so baddd.. Sorry, but this country was built on hard work, blood, sweat, and tears.. and people who came to this country for a better life. They all because Legal, why can't them? And not to mention, they aren't doing shit but stealing my money, my Social Security, and my fucking jobs.



  15. 15

    I completly agree Perez. Saying that illegial immigrants are taking American jobs is total BS!!!! I bet any kind of money that lazy Americans would never do the same job illegial immigrants would!!! This law makes me sick, and I for one can not stand racists who believe in it. Checking someones legal status by judging what they look like???? What the hell type of law is that??? Seriously??? Why don't we have better border patrole, how about that??? This is just a racist law that is made up to look like something benificial.. If anything, every American is an immigrant in some form. Wasn't Christopher Columbus and his sailing crerw? Know your history before you impose on making one that makes no sense!!



  16. 16

    MARIO, your CUBAN (i think) and your family at some point most likely took an ILLEGAL boat to get into this country !!! OF COURSE you dont agree with this law, but HELLO, alot of us have family member who can't find work, yet ILLEGAL immigrants are working……… SO I THINK THIS IS 100% due, and ABOUT TIME, why should it be OK to break the law and be here illegally ?? Breaking the law is wrong, and these ILLEGAL people should pay fines and LEAVE ! THERE are LAWS for reasons………



  17. 17

    My family immigrated to the united states the legal way, why is it not required for people now? Why did my family have to struggle to go through the legal process whilst all of these people get a free pass? Why are you discriminating against all those who immigrated legally by only standing up for this one demographic?



  18. 18

    The media (i.e. Perez, etc) are just ridiculous!!! These laws are not discriminatory, they are fair laws for the people who are entering this country illegally. Also, the AZ law does not require the cops to just check any random person, they will only be checking the status of the citizen if they are already engaged in legal contact. So, if they are pulled over for going 80 in a 65, then they will have their legality checked. And what is wrong with that?? Anytime any other person is pulled over by the cops, they are checked for warrants, regardless of color. I truly do not understand why Perez and the media are so up in arms about people who are here illegally and who are stealing from the American people just by living here. Fortunately, the media does not portray the true feelings of America ever, and I'm sure the laws for these states will go through next year. HAHAHAHA.



  19. 19

    of course anyone SANE would want this law. Who the fuck is going to pay for these illegals?



  20. 20

    your a fucking idiot perez. how is that discrimination?

    Re: Lady_Saccharine_Sweetness

  21. joly says – reply to this


    21

    **We need to put a stop to these offensive measures and show that we will not stand for this kind of discrimination!**

    u friggin moron perez!!! if they're in the country ILLEGALLY then it is NOT discrimination - they're not even a citizen to "cry discrimination" !!

  22. fiona says – reply to this


    22

    Way to cave in to the politically correct lemmings.

    We should be ashamed to not have enforced existing immigration laws all along. Our country was not formed to pay for the welfare of citizens of other countries.
    Anyone who wants to live here should abide by our laws, period.
    No free ride.



  23. 23

    1070 does NOT give a free pass to officers to stop people at random!!!! Read the ACTUAL BILL!!! www azleg gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070s pdf (be sure to put in the dots where there are spaces)



  24. 24

    what other country can you just go into, live illegally, get a free education, have people who go to work everyday pay for your food and stick everyone else with your unpaid health care bills. none. i am all for people seeking a better life in the USA, but I am tired of paying for those who do it illegally. so perez if you are so against this why don't you front the bills that all the rest of us are so sick of being stuck with.



  25. 25

    you HAVE NOT read the damn bill, therefor..i could care less what your thoughts are. educate yourself you dumbass.



  26. 26

    Other countries including Mexico have similar, if not harsher laws for illegal immigration. Why is it ok for our country to allow illegal immigration? I do not condone racial profiling but I agree with many of the previous comments. If anyone wishes to become an American citizen they should, but they should not be allowed to get services from our country illegally; if they are tax paying citizens then they have a right to those services and jobs.



  27. 27

    finally!



  28. 28

    its not racist, if it is written correctly. We have illegals running across the border and shoting our farmers but thats okifor some. im sorry but you want to live in america get your asses to the INS and file just like everyone else. I had to do it for my husband who came over legally with a plane ticket we were in the INS line. so if you want to be here great no one is stoping you but be legal, other countries send you back if your not. I live in Arizona and we see the crime and the drugs and everything and guess what if i wasnt a us citizen and didnt want to be i would expect to be sent back. if your here be legal and follow our laws bottom line.



  29. 29

    Hid85050: He will never read it. Mario is a moron. He just spews whatever his favorite magazines tell him he should think. It would be nice if he actually read the bill instead of saying all of this false crap about it and spreading lies, but I'm not holding my breath.



  30. 30

    Perez, get your hear out of your ass!



  31. 31

    As a legal alien I support those immigration laws.

  32. J_mo says – reply to this


    32

    I'm pretty sure there was another time in history when people were asked to carry their papers around in case the goverment/ police wanted to check them…..when was that again??? oh yeah thats when Hitler was in power in Germany. He put that law in so that he could outcast the Jewish people. And you all wonder why the rest of the world hates you? it's because you do discriminatory things like this then claim to be the superior culture. Do you know why there are illegal immigrants in your country….because you all think you're too good for the jobs that they do, and none of you will do them.



  33. 33

    Perez, it's not discrimination if they don't fucking belong here in the first place. Fuck em' - they're dragging down the rest of the system and they think they're too good to actually APPLY for citizenship or even learn English.



  34. 34

    I don't see the problem with this new law. I think it's a great way o keep the illegals out. IF they want to work in the States then they should just apply for citizenship. There, no more need to worry about being deported.



  35. 35

    The USA is having major problems around the Mexican border recently and crime is rampant throughout the Southern states caused by illegal immigrants. People are sneaking across the border, killing people, selling drugs and stealing jobs from Americans. Any law that helps prevent that is welcome in my eyes.



  36. 36

    Check out Mexico's immigration laws. They are far worse than the US would ever be. BTW, Perez, as usual you have no fucking clue on what the law is. Read it before flapping your lips



  37. 37

    Re: JDicaprio – You're absolutely wrong and I'm willing to bet your fucking anchor baby. My family were immigrants from Italy - guess what you ass, they gave up their Italian citizenship, learned English and took the proper channels to become a U.S. citizen. Take your ignorant and ill-educated preaching elsewhere you twit.



  38. 38

    Every country in the world is allowed to protect its border except for the US apparently. When the US does it, its racist. Mexico's immigration laws are MUCH MUCH MUCH harsher than the US laws (that the feds don't bother to enforce…which is why the states have to do it) and no one seems to be criticizing Mexico's immigration laws. It's not about race, its about the safety and security of the US and its citizens. It's about maintaining law and order. If you want to come here, there is a legal process for doing so. If your first act in this country is to break our law by coming here illegally then we have the right to tell you to GTFO.



  39. 39

    THANK THE LORD. I think this law is JUST. why in the world would ANYONE think that this law is unjust? This law should've been MANDATORY for ALL states years ago when illegal immigrants started coming to america. I don't understand why people are standing up for those who are ILLEGAL. ILLEGAL. It simply doesn't make any sense.



  40. 40

    Are you kidding me - they are here ILLEGALLY! Let them come into our country in the proper and legal way and they are more than welcome. I carry my passport when I travel to other countries, they should be required to do the same thing!



  41. 41

    The Messycans are just trying to take over the United States because Mexico is such a crime riddled rathole. Stay home and elevate your own country starting with Mexico Shitty you morons. Now even the Americans students won't step foot in that third world turd hole. Stay in your own country amigos we don't want you here destroying our way of life.



  42. 42

    Re: JDicaprio – It has nothing to do with racism, sweetheart. They will be checking legal status upon "lawful contact" with the person- meaning after they probably have already broken a law. They cannot just pull you over for being Mexican. How about you read the law, then come talk to us?



  43. 43

    Wish Texas would follow and do the same! I hate to hear people say that illegal immigrants aren't stealing Americans jobs because somehow Americans are "too good" to do the jobs they do…. WTH?! That's very offensive. My husband is a contractor, my brother is a landscaper, and my brother in law owns a moving business… and TRUST ME, illegal immigrants do take jobs from Americans like them. True, illegals aren't marching into office cubicles stealing jobs, but for people like my husband, they are!!



  44. 44

    Re: J_mo – Except we are checking legal status and enforcing immigration laws, not discriminating against a religion- get a clue.



  45. 45

    if americans need to have a passport to go anyhere but in the us, why is it wrong that we ask the same? come legally, if you would like to stay follow the law!!!! its not that hard we have to show id if we do sometihng wrong, Since when did we become the country that says, no id, great commit a crime, wonderfull, dont speak english, we will take care of that, no job, just steal and kill, no!!!! Follow the law and there is no prolbem, want to stay do it the legal way, want money get a legal job!!! there are things every person in every country has the right to do. it doesnt matter if your purple, brown, pink, black, white or red. doenst matter if your french, scottish, british, mexican or american be legal where you want to live.



  46. 46

    You don't have your facts straight. It doesn't require them to "check immigration status of anyone they think is in the country illegally". It requires them to check the immigration status of anyone they arrest that they think is here illegally. They are under siege down there from criminals coming over the border to sell drugs and traffic humans. They are not stopping every Hispanic looking person on the street and asking for their papers. They are asking people suspected of crime for identification and proof that they are citizens.



  47. 47

    Perez please read the Arizona bill. Just read it.
    Its not discriminatory.
    You need to learn how to read.
    Officers can't just stop you on the street because you look Hispanic. Are you really that stupid?
    One Illegal immigrants came into this country illegally!!!! THATS AGAINST THE LAW
    People get sent to jail for breaking the law. And here you are "awww this is racist blah blah feel bad for them"
    I hope the other states do make laws like Arizona's. I also hope you take the time to read them and stop being a dump ass



  48. 48

    It is a federal law that you cannot be here illegally…. Duh… Arizona is doing what all of America should be doing



  49. 49

    i dont get your problem perez
    in most countires there are measures to stop illegal immigrants and to deport them
    surely america chould have them too?
    if they wont do it leglly they obviously have something to hide and perhaps shouldnt be in the country in the first place

  50. Fabu says – reply to this


    50

    Actually, all I'll say is this: I'm glad that other states are gonna do this too.



  51. 51

    I consider myself left-center on the politcal spectrum. I do feel the leftists are the ones really blowing this out of proportion. They ARE there illegally. I really don't think this would lead to racial profiling. Also if you're not guilty, then what's the problem?



  52. 52

    Listen up you fucktard. If someone is here ILLEGALLY then they should be sent the fuck home. What's wrong with that? Remember when the classic image if California was a blond blue-eyed surfer? Well, now it's a fucking Mexican that can't speak any English. It's disgusting to drive down the street and see billboards in a different language. Can you imagine driving through Mexico and seeing English billboards? Yeah right — as if that's going to happen. Mexico has a strict policy about foreigners on their soil, what's wrong with the US doing the same? If they are here legally, then there's no problem. They aren't going to be asked any questions UNTIL they are pulled over for some sort of violation. It's NOT racial profiling. AND, if a woman is pregnant and past her second trimester, she should NOT be allowed to be here until after the baby is born. There are too many Mexicans that come here, pop out their babies and then get to stay because the baby is now a US citizen, born on US soil. Fuck that shit. Damnit Mario, you are such a fucktard.



  53. 53

    I think there should be Immigration Laws! I am so sick of illegial immigrants taking all the jobs and getting all the help from the government instead of people who are in this country legally! It just has to be done correctly. I had a friend who was denied unemployment becuase they said she wasn't in this country legally.. Funny thing is she was born in the US and so were her parents and grandparents. She's never even been out of this country. So needless to say those that would be in charge of getting rid of the illegial immigrants need to make sure that they are getting rid of the right people. Our country would be so much better off if those that aren't supposed to be here get out!



  54. 54

    I can only hope and pray that Georgia adopts this law. We are being TAKEN OVER by illegals. ILLEGALS.



  55. 55

    Re: stephie86 – I agree with you and most of the other posters, and I'm not one of those people that are bothered by immigrants. They're in the country illegally, so why is it a terrible thing? Most countries require their legal residents to carry documentation. I'm pretty sure I'm required to carry my passport with my resident visa.
    Re: J_mo – You sound like a complete moron comparing this to Nazi Germany. I'm an American living abroad in the UK, and immigration stop people on the street here if they suspect they're illegal. No one here yells and screams about it. They show it on TV all the time. Do you know who they stop? It's not white people. Yes, it sounds racist, but there is a serious problem with illegal immigrants in this country. Where do you live that is so lenient and treats illegal immigrants so kindly?
    Before you spew out more incorrect facts, hard-working Americans (the ones you claim are too good to work) are suffering from illegal immigrants, especially in the building industry. They work less pay than Americans, so who do you think builders want to hire? As for your idiotic comment about us being "too good" to work menial jobs, you know absolutely nothing about Americans, so shut up.



  56. 56

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!!! There is not a damn thing wrong with this. You say its discrimination.. WELL WE WOULDNT HAVE THIS PROBLEM IF PEOPLE WOULD DO IT THE LEGAL WAY. We as Americans have to abid by the laws. So why should it be any diff for illegal aliens. Its breaking laws. You are here illegally. Shall I repeat ILLEGALLLLLLY. Someone did say something and They are right.. I dont think you can get Americans to work for the price that the 50 mexicans do that live in one house. Im sorry if that offends.. BUT DAMN ITS TRUE. To bad Im leaving Oklahoma. Can Ga do this too?!?!?! Trust me I have nothing against them what so ever.. Worked with several on construction job. Only diff is they were here legally.



  57. 57

    Boo-hoo! the millions of illegals are a drain on our economy.The Arizona gov challenged the white house or anyone to offer an alternative that would help the immigration prob and got no answer.We are a nation of immigrants-its true.But all the other ethnic groups worked hard-learned the language and assimilated into American society-LEGALLY!!



  58. 58

    Look, these people are hear illegaly. I am not racist at all, but my housekeeper that we love worked her butt off to get a citizenship, and now its like a mockery when people are just walking in and trying again until they succeed. People who say its profiling? We profile every day. If you are looking for a husband/wife with good morals would you got to the person who has tattoos all over themselves? No. Private schools profile, they want people with money. You do it every day. It is natural for humans. This bill is just reinforcing the already existent law of no illegal immigrants. Did you know that in Arizona, 80 miles north of the border they have signs saying enter at your own risk because drug cartels pretty much own that land? How sad is that! We are not even safe in our own country because of these illegal immigrants and drug cartels. It is just sad. =[ I am all for the bill.

  59. Wrenn says – reply to this


    59

    They sneak into this country ILLEGALLY. They suck our welfare system dry while WE pay taxes and they don't. They are going to turn this country into a sewer just like they did with Mexico and damn idiots like you want to give them free reign to do so. The majority of Americans want them out of this country and if you don't like it…GO LIVE IN MEXICO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. sreyn says – reply to this


    60

    Wow states wanting to pass laws that actually allow them to enforce existing laws. AHHH the anarchy what next will they want to stop speeders or bank robbers. MN is full of Somali's and Mung and many of them are illegal and a drain on our resources. I wholeheartedly agree with having to show valid LEGAL id when you are stopped for something



  61. 61

    I do not , for the life of me, understand what the problem is with trying to get people who are BREAKING THE LAW out of a country they are not legally allowed to be in. Do you think other countries should just allow anyone in, or is just the USA that should be so accomodating? My husband is a police officer, did you know when pulling over a carload full of people, all with no driver's licenses, all who speak no english, all with not one paper telling who they are, my husband cannot ask them if they are here illegally, and can do NOTHING about getting them out of the US because they, who are BREAKING THE LAW by being here, have more rights than most? Unbelievable. I say ask MOST Americans how they feel about tougher immigration laws, and they will AGREE with Arizona and want the same laws in effect in their own states.



  62. 62

    Re: Pokepoo – It's people like you that make the rest of us Americans seem like complete assholes. Have you ever been to Mexico? Real Mexico, not a border town? It's a beautiful country (outside of disgusting tourists towns like Cancun) that has a crime problem. The reason it has a crime problem is mostly due to drugs, which are being imported into the US!
    Re: jayeee – You're right. They are taking jobs from Americans, and not just the jobs we're apparently "too good" to do. I'm not sure where the idea comes from that Americans aren't hard working.



  63. 63

    I was out on my boat when a Conservation boat came rushing towards us, pulled along side us and asked for our fishing licenses. I provided my fishing license, but husband had forgotten his. The officer gave my husband a card and said he had 5 days to produce his fishing license by fax. He did.

    What is the difference between that and an officer saying "can you please produce your immigration card/green card"? None. The difference is that ANYONE of another color automatically assumes that asking them anything, or having them comply with the laws is RACIALLY motivated, or is harassment. It is NOT.

    If the cops are looking for a white male with lots of tattoos and bleached blonde hair that just robbed a store and the cops pull over anyone matching that description they are doing their job. If the call is about a black male with bleached blonde hair, pulling over black males of that description is "profiling, or racial harassment" It isn't.

    People who are something other than WHITE need to stop being so sensitive. You have MILLIONS of illegals in the U.S. You have debt up to your eyeballs. Trying to enforce an immigration law is not harassment, it is just enforcing a law, nothing more.



  64. 64

    Look up the word illegal douchebag. They have entered the country illegally, it has nothing to do with discrimination. It has to do with respect to a country's laws. If anything, the ones who have obeyed the laws are being discriminated against. You're just worried because your Mom will be deported and you'll be all alone.



  65. 65

    Yay! So glad to hear this!



  66. 66

    The meat packing industry is another that has been affected by illegal workers. It used to be an excellent job with good pay and benefits, but now these people are working in terrible conditions. Things went up for the industry after Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, and now they've gone back downhill due to illegal workers.



  67. 67

    Perez, you don't live in AZ or the other states. If not for drug dealers and gun runners, etc., these laws might not be necessary. Right now they are.



  68. 68

    perez, you are ignorant. They are illegal!!! they are not supposed to be here. It already is a law and Arizona is just enforcing it.



  69. 69

    way to have a mind of your own perez. why don't you do some research and find out the facts about the law instead of following what the liberal media portrays. you might realize this law will do good for our states. this is whats wrong with the media these days…they're biased and can't get the facts straight.



  70. 70

    How about doing it the legal way? There are many former immigrants here who have gotten their US citizenship the right way that resent those who are breaking the law.



  71. 71

    Good for those states! 6 months in jail and $2,500 fine isn't much for a Mexican, considering that if you illegally immigrate to Mexico, you would serve 2 YEARS IN JAIL WITHOUT QUESTION. Perez, instead of complaining about how "racist" Arizona's law is, try directing your anger towards MEXICO for THEIR immigration policy compared to the all the free services and resources we give them when they sneak into America.



  72. 72

    Re: stephie86 – that's a difference between Americans and the rest of the developed world - regardless one's status within a country you possess rights. Perhaps not by the American government but certainly human rights.

    The notion rests on whether or not a person looks be illegal- that's incredibly difficult to assess and are therefore subject to personal biases as to who lawmakers deem to look "illegal" which in and of itself is a violation of their human rights.

    The issue itself is not with the people but with the government and their failure to take care of its people, perhaps not so much Obama but the way in which the American system works- too much power is given to individual state and not enough to the Federal Government. Its a failing system since conception.



  73. 73

    Ummm when my grandparents came from Ireland they had to do it the legal way! So why the fuck should anyone else be different?
    I dont think it should be about color of peoples skin either. I work in the construction biz and you would not believe how many Polish,Italian,ect immigrants are here illegally! If you are gonna check one group, you better check them all!



  74. 74

    BRAVO - HOORAY - GO FOR IT…to the states taking control of the criminal element snaking their way into them. Take your heads out of the sand. The federal government isn't enforcing its own rules, so thankfully there are brave politicians and legislators taking charge to protect us.



  75. 75

    Supporters of the law say that illegal immigrants are taking jobs, consuming public resources and services, aiding in gang violence and filling prisons.

    Couldnt be more True!



  76. 76

    Re: muffintop185 – your American system is built on competition- this what capitalism is. Tough Luck. Attacking one's human rights isn't the way forward.



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    Re: JDicaprio – Yes JD-we are all immigrants-but all the other groups that came here worked hard-paid taxes-learned the language and became citizens.They did this while encountering great prejudice as the Asians & Irish in the early 19th century-then later the Italians -Germans and Slaviks.And of course the great prejudice the Blacks have and still do encounter. As far as Americans not taking jobs illegals do-thats bs-how did these industries survive before the illegals??Also-3/4 of Arizona citizens (as is reflected in this post) are in favor of this law.Also-JD please check the 10th Amendment of the Constitution regarding States Rights.



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    Whoever has a problem with us weeding out illegal immigrants is an a**hole. Resources are limited and they need to be used for those who came to the U.S. the legitimate way. I am so sick of people opposing this before they even think of how much illegals are damaging our country. If I want to go to Canada, I have to show my passport and if I don't have it, I am not allowed in!!!! Why is it that the U.S. always has to cater to everyone?? You are so ignorant Perez!! I hate you!!



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    Re: JDicaprio – You're a f*cking idiot!



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    You Know I agree, I'm sorry but my husband immigrated here from south Korea. I don't understand why this specific ethnicity is asking for special treatment. I think its very unfair, and they should be sent home. I don't like labels but this is America. In any other country you are required to report to government agencies to obtain proper permission to be there. Why not here?



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    Re: J_mo – You have no fucking clue what you are talking about, you are not even from our country. If you dont like it dont fucking come here, and dont forget what ever country you are from we have more then likely bailed your ass out at one time or another!



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    Re: J_mo – Oh and we are more then happy to put ALL our illegals on a ship and send them on over to your country! Then come on back and let us no how its working out for you! FUCKING JACKASS



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    GOOD! i hope tx gets this law too!!!



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    Here we go again. I'm so tired of people saying Americans don't want the jobs illegal's have. Ya your right for the most part but it's not because were lazy it's because Americans can't afford to get paid under minimum wage. Unlike illegal's we have bills to pay. I'm all for this bill. This bill also fines business who hire illegal's. Now these business will have no choice but to pay better and now more Americans can get jobs. If you want to come to this Country do it the legal way, why should I have to pay for your medical bills. I'm not sure if a lot of you realize but a couple of hospitals had to close their doors in Arizona because of all the illegal's going there for medical reasons and then not paying their bills. Do you realize all the jobs that were lost because of it.



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    I'm all for it! It should be a model for the entire country to follow.



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    Mario is STUPID!!!! He must not be paying taxes…



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    Why is it that whenever anything is said about anybody, it's automatically discrimination……It's not!!!!
    My family came here from Italy and they all had to learn ENGLISH and go through learning the ways of the USA and everything else. Why does it make a difference if you are Mexican??? My family didn't get any support for their living expenses nor did they get free health care. I am all for this law Perez and I can't believe you don't like it. I believe we all have a dream but we also have to go by the rules to get there just like everybody else. GOD BLESS AMERICA…..



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    "This would be terrible!! Immigration laws like these would just fuel more racism and hatred!!"

    Im just curious what you think states should do about illegal immigration then? Do states not have a right to make sure their welfare, education and justice systems are not overwhelmed by people that are here illegally?

    Ironically, Arizona is enforcing Federal laws… that the Fed's are ignoring.

    We spend $1 TRILLION a year defending borders halfway around the world but cant defend its own borders at home. Meanwhile, we must be in war to be safe is the mantra from Big Brother. Speaking of war… Now that the pretty boy is prez, where is the anti-war left? SILENT. So much for principle.



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    Rhode Island wants to see your GREENCARDA !!!!!!!!



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    Re: BritBrit61384 – The Arizona government is in direct violation of International Law regardless of its purpose. Blame your failing system rather than attack illegal immigrations who may have had no choice but to do what they did to live a life they deserve to have on the basis of being human.

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    They are taking our jobs, not paying taxes, getting free health care sorry but that is bullshit. If they want to live here then make them pay taxes and pay for everything like we have to. This should have been done long time ago. Kindly GTFO unless you're willing to pay taxes and everything else an american does! People pull the race card when they have nothing else on there side thats all they have.. very pathethic.



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    Re: Ellie9

    Oh yea? Trying sneaking over the southern Mexican border and see what Mexico thinks of your 'human rights'.

    Keep drinking the kool aid. America is the best country on earth because we defend human rights. We dont defend illegal immigration. BIG DIFFERENCE.



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    Yay for more immigration laws!



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    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ARIZONA!!!!!!!!!!! If you are ILlegal- become legal or go home. The MAJORITY of the public SUPPORTS SB1070 and we will PREVAIL- as is evident with so many other states following suit!!!!!!!!!! GO USA!!!!!



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    We are most comments so entitled here. They are stealing MY job, this is MY country, MY economy. Sorry you don't own it. Most people see this law as being racially motivated and discriminatory and i tend to agree. Suck it up princesses.



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    Perez, YOU are in the minority if you don't think this is a good idea. Glad to see all the support behind this - most Americans do support this, you idiot. And here is a novel idea - how about the federal government get their act together on this, so there wouldn't be the need for states to take action themselves! You're a typical uninformed liberal.



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    Actors from other countries who want to work in the US film industry have to get a green card. They cannot get a part in any television show or film without a green card. They have to be legal. Why is that so difficult to understand? I cannot sneak into Europe and expect not to be asked for a passport. I'm totally mystified by this.



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    Good for them



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    Re: zumagirl – the rest of my comment did not post, I said if I want to go to another country I need a passport, SO HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT?????



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    Re: Ellie9 – So they are trying to fix our failing system with the support of many! I dont see a problem. What International law is that you are speaking of? Seriously, I dont know and many others probably dont either so enlighten us. As far as we all know there is not one other country who puts up with this kinda bullshit!
    I think every human deserves a good life, maybe the illegals should blame their failing system instead of coming here! What do you think?

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