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Immigration rising as an issue; Ariz. law favored

A new poll from the Pew Research Center finds about six in 10 adults approve of Arizona's new immigration law granting local police greater authority in combating illegal immigration, as Gallup's latest read on the nation's priorities finds the issue rising in prominence in the wake of the law's passage.

The law has sparked protests from those opposed to several of its provisions, such as allowing police to question anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant and demand documentation of legal status, as well as detain those who cannot verify that they are in the country legally.

But the Pew poll suggests these measures are broadly popular.

Nearly three-quarters approve of requiring people to produce documents verifying their status, two-thirds said police should be allowed to detain those who cannot prove they are here legally and 62 percent favor allowing police to question those they suspect of being illegal immigrants. Overall, 59 percent say they approve of the law, 32 percent disapproves.

Partisan divides on the individual provisions are slimmer than on the law itself, with half or more Democrats approving of each. On the law more broadly, 82 percent of Republicans say they approve, while just 45 percent of Democrats say the same. Independents are largely in favor, with 64 percent approving.

The Pew survey comes as Gallup's latest poll finds immigration moving up on the list of the nation's most pressing problems. According to that poll, 10 percent cited it as the most important problem facing the country, up from 2 percent one month ago.

The increase has been sharpest among Republicans (14 percent now call it their top issue, up from 2 percent in April), though it has climbed in importance among independents (from 3 percent to 10 percent) and Democrats (from 1 percent to 6 percent) as well.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  May 12, 2010; 2:29 PM ET
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LET ME SEE IF I GOT THIS RIGHT.

IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.

IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.

IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.

IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.

IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR FATE WILL BE SEALED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO SUFFER.

IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET
* A JOB,
* A DRIVERS LICENSE,
* SOCIAL SECURITY CARD,
* WELFARE,
* FOOD STAMPS,
* CREDIT CARDS,
* SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE,
* FREE EDUCATION,
* FREE HEALTH CARE,
* A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON
* BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE
* THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY'S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT
* AND, IN MANY INSTANCES, YOU CAN VOTE.

I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION

Posted by: box211 | May 12, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The WaPo is about a month behind with this news. Immediately after the Arizona law was passed, it was obvious that America loved it. Almost all polls showed that 60% to 70% of Americans fully approved of enforcing the law, as written and to the letter.

The WaPo has spent the past month in total denial, no doubt.

Posted by: battleground51 | May 12, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Gee, from the reportage I was thinking I was the only one.

Posted by: WmarkW | May 12, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

This is old news, but it just confirms what every other poll on the matter has said.

Of course, the left will use this to claim that the majority of the country is racist, and thus we all need to be reeducated about the proper way to fit into a post-modern, post-racial society.

It's sad that Arizona is taking so many hits for standing up and passing a smart law. All they did was essentially to adopt existing federal law, and to give state authorities enforcement power. The reason that our immigration law is broken is because Washington refuses to enforce the laws that Congress has already passed, and since Washington refuses to seriously engage in any other kind of reform that will solve the serious problems that illegal immigration is creating, it was time for states to take stands.

Hopefully, other states will follow Arizona's example. Once that happens, Al Sharpton can only be in one place at once, and this small minority who actually wants completely open borders will be spread so thin that their protests and boycotts won't amount to much.

As it stands, this 60-70 percent of people who support strict immigration enforcement should throw their business in Arizona's direction in a reverse boycott. Blow off the PC trend, and give Arizona more business than it would have had.

Posted by: blert | May 12, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

For all of you who think this is a good idea, what will be your response when you are detained because you look the wrong way? Or maybe it'll be because you believe in god, or don't. The only thing that separates the US from most of the world and all the countries that another commenter posted is that we don't allow US citizens to be detained without "probable cause". So EVERY time someone is held without actually doing anything wrong, we become that much more like Iran, China, and company. We need to address our immigration challenges and soon. Violating even one person's civil rights isn't the answer. All of you who are in favor of the law as is, remember that unless you're ancestors are Native American, they were illegal immigrants too!

Posted by: templardoc | May 12, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@box211: TO GET A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION,

* HOW MANY OF THOSE YOU DISCUSS WERE INVITED IN BY THE OTHER COUNTRIES' BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS?

* WHAT ABOUT THOSE WAIVING THE FLAG OF TREASON--THE CONFEDERATE STARS AND BARS?

* IF YOU ADMIRE N KOREA, IRAN, SAUDI ARABIA, AND THOSE OTHER COUNTRIES SO MUCH, WHY DON'T YOU MOVE THERE?

* UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS CANNOT GET SOCIAL SECURITY. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT--IF YOU EVEN CARE ABOUT FACTS.

Posted by: Garak | May 12, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

box211 will excuse me if I don't think that we should be modeling our nation's laws after North Korea and Iran.

Posted by: thurdl01 | May 12, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Anybody claiming to be against big government should be outraged at a law that requires citizens to produce paperwork to authorities or face possible detention. And yes, just because you dont have an accent or brown skin does not mean you are above being held should you be stopped on the street without government id.

I'm 100% for immigration reform and stopping the flow of illegals, but a law that basically authorizes "Your papers, please" is quite simply UNAMERICAN

Posted by: divi3 | May 12, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the loudest screamers about this issue are in the minority. People aren't fooled by the "this is racist" line. We all know people who followed the rules to come here legally -- and it isn't easy to do that. What do we tell them when we let the line jumpers in? We all know what happened when Reagan talked us into amnesty in 1986 -- that was going to solve the problem and instead, we're overrun with people who sauntered over our borders or overstayed their visas. The message needs to be "Just Go Home - Now." No more amnesty!

Posted by: Bob22003 | May 12, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The disconnect between the American people and our Ruling Class is nowhere more stark than when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration.

Every poll shows a significant majority of Americans want less immigration - legal & illegal - yet both political parties ignore us. Our One-World Masters are eager to finish replacing real Americans with docile Third World serfs, so they can get on with their plans for ruling the world.

Arizona has fired the first shot of Civil War 2. Those who criticize Arizona are on the wrong side of history. A decade from now, we will have rid ourselves of the foreign invaders, cut legal immigration down to a trickle, and will look back on 2010 as nothing but a bad dream.

Viva Arizona!

Posted by: pmendez | May 12, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@DIVI3:

You obviously don't know anything about US law or what it means to be an American.

Since FDR, legal immigrants have had to carry their immigration papers at all time.

Police have always had the ability to ask people for identification.

SB1070 is not about "Big Government." It is about "States' Rights." Oh, and common sense, too.

Posted by: pmendez | May 12, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Those who value American citizenship don't want to see it given away as a "right" for anyone who cares to flout the law and illegally enter our country. Those who do not value American citizenship see the potential for millions of new voters, only too eager to depend on the huge federal bureaucracy they would like to build.

Posted by: hill_marty | May 12, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

pmendez- under this law any citizen can be stopped and lawfully detained for no other reason than not having a government issue id on them.

Truly disgusting, and personally I wonder how many of those in support of this law are aware that's how it reads

Posted by: divi3 | May 12, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The fact is that these are illegals. "ILLEGALS". This means breaking Federal law. They cannot get social sec. cards legally. They steal them. Go to downtown L.A. and you can buy one on the street. If I go to Mexico illegally I would get arrested and deported... not made a citizen. Drive by a Home Depot in Mexico and you won't see 1 person out front trying to get work... why? Because, they don't allow it! So we should let every person from any country in the world just come on in? China has over 1 Bil people... imagine if 100 Mil Chinese come here illegally, get citizenship, get everything in Chinese and then once they have enough people here change the laws to favor the Chinese. I've lived in middle of Hollywood, CA... English is a 2nd language if at all one. I've had to stop many drunk illegals from urinating in my yard, deal with gun shots and murders on my block, deal with complete disrespect, as if I were an unwelcome foreigner in their city and I'm in the middle of Hollywood? I'm sorry but this is no less than an invasion. Because the rich get cheap workers and the politicians get to use them politically, the AMERICAN people, yet again, suffer. Crime is up, education is down and they get more benefits than do I as an AMERICAN CITIZEN. It's not racism, it's patriotism! Lastly, why hasn't Mexico opened up her borders to all of the far-poorer Salvadoreans or Guatemalans? I'll bet you they wouldn't allow 20 Mil + illegals from those countries into Mexico! That's called hypocrisy!

Posted by: JC-LosAngeles | May 12, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

@Divi3:

Let's try an experiment. You go out in your neighborhood right now & commit a crime or do something that makes a police officer suspicious.

Then, when he asks you for identification, tell him "no."

Let me know what happens!

Posted by: pmendez | May 12, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

People who have been here for years, even decades were extended a de facto invitation to come and live and work. We needed them for our economy, and the status quo was just that -- come without papers, live and work, and we would look the other way. That is not formally the best approach, but it was how we did it. Now, with an economic slowdown we turn out to be ingrates, treacherous, and renegers, to call them illegal and tell them all to go home. Shame on America. Those who have been here working, contributing, under the de facto agreement must be allowed to stay, it is their right for working so long at the meager jobs we allowed them. Shame on you, "Americans" for being the renegers you have turned out to be. Hopefully our lawmakers understand the nature of the situation more clearly, and will vote for the path toward citizenship.

Posted by: johnnormansp | May 12, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

So if the majority of American citizens agree with Arizonas law why does practically every news article from every news site online disagree with it?

Whose side are these news editors on?

Posted by: howduyudo | May 12, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

@Johnnormansp:

I did no such thing! I invited nobody to come here illegally. My economy needed no illegal workers -- it needed employers to pay workers living wages.

I will not pay the price for greedy, corrupt businesses and the greedy, selfish consumers that buy from them.

Posted by: pmendez | May 12, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

pmendez: who defines suspicious? Sitting on a park bench can be suspicious activity if the police officer says so.

The point here is lack of identification has never been a justifiable reason to detain a citizen minding their own business, but with this law it is.

DISGUSTING.

Posted by: divi3 | May 12, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

These illegals better hurry their packing, because a vicious anti-illegal alien wind is brewing and is heading their way. And when it finally reaches gale force, these grifters will find that they will have niether friend nor quarter here, their illegitimate children included. More so, there will be little sympathy found for them.

Posted by: hared | May 12, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The Sanctuary State of California may--BOYCOTT--Arizona. But you wait--because the Lax illegal alien policies, will have them arriving shortly in LA and SF, palms outstretched for free welfare handouts. Not just border states will suffer from the Exodus of illegal aliens from Arizona. Deval Patrick, the Governor of Illinois need to be recalled as many other Governor, Mayor who cater to the invasion plans. Any state is games whose policies are not restrictive and they will soon find their coffers are drained from the invasion that has propagated in the last twenty five years. When politicians remain indifferent to Americas wishes, this is the consequences of incompetence. Remember to send these Pro-illegal alien, anti-sovereignty elected officials out of office. ALL POLITICIANS WILL BE SENT A RESONATING MESSAGE BEGINNING WITH SENATOR HARRY REID (D-NV) & DARRELL STEINBERG (D-CA) IN JUNE PRIMARIES OR RECALL THEM. HE LEADS THE PRO-AMNESTY POLITICAL ZEALOTS AND MUST BE EJECTED. Join over a million members of NumbersUSA to stop this plague.

Posted by: infinity555 | May 12, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

pmendez - You live here, and that was the status quo for all those years. We are all part of the country, we all members, like it or not. That was you country's policy, you are part of the country, just as I am. The difference? I call a spade a spade; I am not a reneger. "Illegal" is not a magic word for me to do any treacherous, lowdown underhanded trick.

Posted by: johnnormansp | May 12, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why liberals think the American people are for amnesty and non enforcement of our laws. Quite the opposite. The myth in the media is that conservative republicans brought down amnesty in '07 but that is not entirely true. Many independents and Dems called their representatives to voice their displeasure. The bill could not have died purely on conservative GOP opposition because they simply do not have the numbers.

Dems can push amnesty if they want for whatever they think they will gain in Nevada will be lost elsewhere. Best to leave it alone.

Posted by: cleancut77 | May 12, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I am tiring of this debate: Enforce our laws and send them home-how much clearer do we have to make it.

Posted by: scon101 | May 12, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

My daughter lost her job in Aug 09. Somebody please explain why she must compete in the job market with illegals who have worn out their welcome in our country.

Posted by: 1observer | May 12, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

This is good news, those latinos will regret sucking the american taxpayer for social services and free education yet demanding more services while they hide behind our laws. I do not want my great grandkids to have to learn spanish....

Posted by: mark0004 | May 12, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

The Arizona law goes too far, but some of the opponents of the bill are being hysterical in their comments. Police or other persons already have the power to ask individuals for proper identification in a wide variety of situations.

Some of the opponents of the law simply seem to want virtual open borders, which is not necessarily objectionable, but they should be honest and say so. Unfortunately the federal government, acting in accord with business interests and partisan Democratic political interests, is very unlikely to ever enforce any immigration laws on a consistent basis.

Therefore until virtual open borders becomes official policy, perhaps in about several decades as people tire of the facade, there will be an amnesty bill for illegal immigrants about every two or three decades.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | May 12, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

box211 - I'm all in favor of tighter enforcement of existing immigration laws and especially punishing people who knowingly employ illegal aliens (not "undocumented workers"), since they're the prime magnet for illegal immigration. BUT:

1. Why do you compare us to the worst dictatorships and not to other democracies? Are we so far gone that we're unable to compete with them, that we have to scrape the bottom of the bottom to find countries we look favorable next to?

2. Name one verifiable instance of an illegal alien allowed to vote (not fraudulently register, but actually vote).

Posted by: treetopflyer | May 12, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Some of the remarks on this site are incredibly vicious and racist. While vilifying Latinos for being Latinos, it's good to remember that our border crossed millions of them over a century ago, before others started crossing the border here. Where were our immigration papers when we took Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California, New Mexico, etc.? What's next? Requiring latinos to wear a "Sombrero of Santayana" on their clothes, followed by camps?

Posted by: treetopflyer | May 12, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

to all those who oppose the law, and support illegal immigrations,, i tell you, then u support slavery and oppose fair wages, illegal immigration lowers wages all across the board, not only low paying jobs. I don't know what the big deal is, if they pull you over an you don't speak English, well you're most likely here illegally and you shouldn't be here. Those who claim this country was built by immigrants: while that is certainly true, go look at the stats and see for your self how diverse immigration was at the turn of the last century and then look at how skewed it was at the turn of this one, 99% from Mexico. that aint no immigration, that is an invasion, and it must be stopped!!!

Posted by: andres_angel | May 12, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hared | May 12, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse


johnnormansp posted:

"People who have been here for years, even decades were extended a de facto invitation to come and live and work."

Let's see.... you pay someone a couple $ thousand to smuggle you across the border, evading the thousands of uniformed Federal officers who you know are there to keep you out. You pay someone else to forge a Social Security card, because you know only people here legally are allowed to work. And for the same reason, you lie when you apply for work.

Help me out here. I can't find the "de facto invitation."

Posted by: WylieD | May 12, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

johnnormansp

"de facto invitation" .??????????????

In that case the new law gives a precise invitation. An invitation to leave.

Posted by: thegwoe | May 12, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

32% of the country opposes the Ariz immigration law? How do they get to 32%. OK 12% of the country is Hispanic, if you count the illegals.

But where do you find another 20%?

There are only three other groups who oppose the law:

The Chamber of Commerce (they want cheap labor).

Journalists

The leadership of the Democratic Party. (because they are sleeping with the journalists and maybe the cleaning lady).

Are there that many journalists in the country?

Posted by: kevin9 | May 12, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Boycott every every company and every city and state that boycotted AZ! Fight fire with fire! Do not go to California or New York or shop on-line with any firm in these states. We have to get a handle on illegals! Enforcement is the only way!
AMnesty for the 8th time will do nothing to stop the flow and the Governments repeated broken promises of prior enforcements is just that! LIES

Posted by: usmc1969 | May 12, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

@box211: TO GET A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION,

* HOW MANY OF THOSE YOU DISCUSS WERE INVITED IN BY THE OTHER COUNTRIES' BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS?

* WHAT ABOUT THOSE WAIVING THE FLAG OF TREASON--THE CONFEDERATE STARS AND BARS?

* IF YOU ADMIRE N KOREA, IRAN, SAUDI ARABIA, AND THOSE OTHER COUNTRIES SO MUCH, WHY DON'T YOU MOVE THERE?

* UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS CANNOT GET SOCIAL SECURITY. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT--IF YOU EVEN CARE ABOUT FACTS.

Posted by: Garak | May 12, 2010 3:26 PM
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Every hear of Aid for dependent children?
Anchor babies do qualify for Soc Sec benefits and their parents get funds for the anchor baby as well!
If you love Mexico. Move there! You'd last a year or less.
As for the Confederate Flag is was a US symbol at one time.
The Mexican flag is just that! It represents Mexico! When Americans can not weat a flag shirt of USA and a Mexican can when a Mexican flag shirt something is wrong in America! Get real! We all know you are one of the 47% who do do pay any taxes! Those of us who do are fed up with this PC BS!

Posted by: usmc1969 | May 12, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

All anyone has to do is watch the past 3 years of May Day Marches! Mexicans have no respect for us at all! They simple want to work and send their billions back to Mexico. Will that stop with amnesty! Did the last 7 amnesties stop it! NO! Just YouTube the marches and ask yourself should be allow these people the rights and freedoms we have as you watch them throw rocks and bottles at police! Break windows and loot in the name of "give me a citizenship or else" BULLLLLLLLLL SHOT

Posted by: usmc1969 | May 12, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

People want ENFORCEMENT not more illegals!
What part of the polls do you not understand! Seal the border completely! Give a 5 year cool off to all immigration!
Then work on the back log! Arrest and deport each and every illegals and their family members! The time has come to grow a some balllls.

Posted by: usmc1969 | May 12, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I had to work hard to find this story, likely because the polls results are disappointing to the Post's editorial staff. I'm sure it would have been Page 1 in bold, oversized font had the results been in favor of repealing the law.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | May 13, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

There´s a strong argument to favor Federals laws on immigration. But there´s a debate behind that: Is the actual law the better one to the US reality? With Arizona´s law the symptoms are been treated, but not the causes of the problem. It is a US tradition to abide the laws and enforce them, but also, to adapt to the changing realities. In a country of immigrants, we need the human capital new comers will bring. And we need a system thats fair, manageable, modern, and able to promote growth. Stereotypes and prejudice will be there, but won´t help to solve the issue

Posted by: elibravo | May 13, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Where is the argument here? Contrary to the reporting by the media and false statements from Pres. Obama and other critics, the AZ immigration law mimics the federal law. The difference (and the only reason for the outrage) is that AZ has chosen to enforce it.

Posted by: bethg1841 | May 13, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Today's NYT has an article that says there have been arrests in Boston for immigration violations connected with the Times Square incident. There has been no public outrage. So why do politicians think this is okay (maybe the arrestees are not Hispanic), but even asking about immigration status in AZ is wrong? The majority of the US supports the AZ law - our elected reps need to get on board.

Posted by: samwoods77 | May 13, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I dont know how NO ONE called out this person's completely false posting.

Posted by: divi3 | May 12, 2010 3:51 PM wrote:
under this law any citizen can be stopped and lawfully detained for no other reason than not having a government issue id on them.

This is totally ridiculous and a LIE!!!! READ THE LAW before you make yourself look even more foolish for repeating what the race baiters at LA RAZA tell you!!! See the bill online and the relevant section below...READ LAWFUL CONTACT

http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/49leg/2r/bills/sb1070h.pdf

B. FOR ANY LAWFUL CONTACT MADE BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR A LAW
21 ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR A LAW
22 ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OF A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF
23 THIS STATE WHERE REASONABLE SUSPICION EXISTS THAT THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN WHO
24 IS UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES, A REASONABLE ATTEMPT SHALL BE
25 MADE, WHEN PRACTICABLE, TO DETERMINE THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF THE PERSON,
26 EXCEPT IF THE DETERMINATION MAY HINDER OR OBSTRUCT AN INVESTIGATION. ANY
27 PERSON WHO IS ARRESTED SHALL HAVE THE PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS DETERMINED
28 BEFORE THE PERSON IS RELEASED. THE PERSON'S IMMIGRATION STATUS SHALL BE
29 VERIFIED WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PURSUANT TO 8 UNITED STATES CODE SECTION
30 1373(c). A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY,
31 CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE MAY NOT SOLELY
32 CONSIDER RACE, COLOR OR NATIONAL ORIGIN IN IMPLEMENTING THE REQUIREMENTS OF
33 THIS SUBSECTION EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY THE UNITED STATES OR
34 ARIZONA CONSTITUTION. A PERSON IS PRESUMED TO NOT BE AN ALIEN WHO IS
35 UNLAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE UNITED STATES IF THE PERSON PROVIDES TO THE LAW
36 ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR AGENCY ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:
37 1. A VALID ARIZONA DRIVER LICENSE.
38 2. A VALID ARIZONA NONOPERATING IDENTIFICATION LICENSE.
39 3. A VALID TRIBAL ENROLLMENT CARD OR OTHER FORM OF TRIBAL
40 IDENTIFICATION.
41 4. IF THE ENTITY REQUIRES PROOF OF LEGAL PRESENCE IN THE UNITED STATES
42 BEFORE ISSUANCE, ANY VALID UNITED STATES FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT
43 ISSUED IDENTIFICATION.

Posted by: jlarranaga | May 13, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why you so call !!AMERICANS!! bragg so much since all of your ancestors where immigrants to...that is how this country was made...or what this country is full of latinos only there are hundreds of people from other countries to..and besides you guys dont like to get your hands dirty with dirt, you like to sit in front of a computer and who will clean you dirty toilets, wash your dishes at restaurants,and for the one that said that we break federal laws, so americans never break the law watch the news buddy!! Immigrants wake up @ 4:30am to go to work so by the time you get to ur office at 9:00 its clean, your trash can empty no dust on your desk, your floors vacummed, ya that you like right.
So if this country doesn't need !!ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!1 why do they offer visas so they can come and work in the fields and go back you will always...always need immigrants hand. Don't be so ignorant I have never heard that illegals immigrants get SS cards....do your research before you even make an opinion

Posted by: turcios82 | May 14, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Here's a novel idea. Why don't Americans start supporing Americans and unite against the invasion of our country by illegal aliens?

Posted by: fedup51 | May 15, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

All the polls are clear - Americans support cracking down on illegal immigration, asking people (any people) for ID (per the federal law), and deporting those here illegally. Listen up DC - you either carry out existing law and the will of the great majority of AMERICANS, or we will vote you out in November. This is the issue that will break the camel's back - Dems, Repubs, Independents - we all stand united on securing our borders and using taxpayer money for US citizens and legal residents.

Posted by: samwoods77 | May 15, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

@kevin9

There are only three other groups who oppose the law:

The Chamber of Commerce (they want cheap labor).

Journalists

The leadership of the Democratic Party. (because they are sleeping with the journalists and maybe the cleaning lady).>>

Some people who oppose the profiling aspect of the law, are non-hispanics with brown skin. You know like biracial people, who get mistaken for being hispanic. They will get profiled along with the illegals. It is going to really suck for someone to constantly have to show identification to prove they are legal, especially when their families came to the country legally centuries ago.

Posted by: orchiddays | May 16, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

When proponents of the Arizona law fling terms like welfare and food stamps, they have a very weak case for arguing that the law is not about race. Those have been racist code terms in American politics for decades.

The real problem with illegal immigration is that too many employers are knowingly and flagrantly violating the law. Focusing enforcement on the illegals themselves will never work, and nor will attempting to make the border more secure. The government should institute heavy penalties for the employers, even jail time if necessary. The only way to fix the problem is to dry up the supply of jobs available to illegals.

Posted by: Carstonio | May 17, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The problem of illegal immigrants is that employers are hiring them and landlords/family members are allowing them a place to reside.

Make the employers pay a $100,000.00 fine per occurence for each illegal immigrant hired. Also, hold the landlords/families accountable for offering a place of residence. Same penalty which is $100,000.00 per occurence or prison time if they can not afford to pay the fine.

The federal government needs to get to the core of the problem for a resolution; otherwise the problem will always be here.

Develop a website for the employers to check for valid social security numbers from an application and a picture of the person so that illegal immigrants can not work under someone else's name. Similiar to the requirements of obtaining a passport.

Has the I.N.S. even thought of this idea?

Posted by: richjoe | May 18, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

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