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McDonnell 'concerned' about Arizona immigration law

The Washington Post's David Weigel reports in his Right Now blog that Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) engaged in some off-message musing on Arizona's immigration law In a Tuesday appearance on WTOP. After some prodding from a caller and his interviewer, McDonnell admitted that parts of the bill were worrying to him. Here's what McDonnell said:

"I'm concerned about the whole idea of carrying papers and always having to be able to prove your citizenship. That brings up some shades of some other regimes that weren't necessarily helpful to democracy.

"There's a divide, I'm finding, between Republicans who are ready to accept Rasmussen poll results as validation that the bill is a winner for them, and Republicans who see long-term damage in Arizona."

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By David Weigel  |  April 29, 2010; 9:03 AM ET
 | Tags: Arizona, Bob McDonnell, Immigration, Immigration law  
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We should just implant microchips in US Citizens. Then, no need to carry papers to prove your citizenship, the cops just scan you and if you don't ID, off to jail!!

Driver's licenses are not proof of citizenship, by the way. If you go to AZ, carry a passport or your birth certificate -- the long form!

Posted by: dpc2003 | April 29, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

@dpc2003--the Virginia GA, in its infinite wisdom, spent three-quarters of its 2010 session debating this very point about the implants. To his credit (and I don't say this often) Gov McDonnell is wise to consider the historical implications of Arizona's anti-immigration bill.

Posted by: moiraeve1 | April 29, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I'd thought McDonnell would love the "freedom papers" idea.

Posted by: mmurphy6 | April 29, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

@dpc2003 I really hope you were being sarcastic... if you were being serious then you show the lack of knowledge you have about the country you live in. I wonder if you know how many different ways someone can live and work in the United States legally.

Posted by: franky4fingers | April 29, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I applaud Arizona's efforts. At least they're trying to actually DO something - which is more than the feds can say. Mexican illegal immigrants have been a problem for decades. It's too expensive a problem to sit just back and say well, maybe in the next legislative session.

Personally, I'm completely fed up with illegals wandering around getting free health care and educations while I pay through the teeth. Further, they have the cajones to demand RIGHTS!!

Talk to someone who has had their SSN "borrowed." Find out how they feel trying to straighten out that complete SNAFU.

Posted by: ms1234 | April 29, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

How ARE these illegals getting free health hare? Can someone tell me, I'd like some free health care too.

Posted by: md20874 | April 29, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

wouldn't mind getting some free health "hare" (hair) either :)

Posted by: md20874 | April 29, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

mcdonell is just jealous that his rabid pitdog Cuccinelli didn't think of it first.
In addition to proving citizenship, Cuccinelli also wants prove someone is christian and heterosexual.

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 29, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Tell Bob he doesn't have to hedge. He can't run for Gov. again so he doesn't have to worry about angering Latios.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 29, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Gov Mc Muffin should grow a pair and get a law like AZ's passed here!

Posted by: lsf07 | April 29, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

If you in another country illegally you are breaking the frickin law morons, you keep wages articifically low and don't file income tax, how is this a good thing?

Posted by: GatorsnSkins | April 29, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If you in another country illegally you are breaking the frickin law morons, you keep wages articifically low and don't file income tax, how is this a good thing?

Posted by: GatorsnSkins | April 29, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

@moirave1: True, but that still leaves his score 4-1 against (or worse, I've lost count).

Posted by: weiwentg | April 29, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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