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Questions and answers on SB 1070 -- a guide to Arizona's new immigration law

Immigration protest

Along with the usual arguments for and against Arizona’s tough new immigration law, another theme emerged this week during a federal court hearing on the law’s fate: Some parts of the legislation are confusing.

An attorney representing Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer acknowledged as much under pointed questioning by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton in Phoenix on Thursday.

This sort of thing happens now and then with all kinds of legislation, of course. Fuzzy language, we mean.  Perhaps this partly explains why descriptions of the Arizona law occassionaly miss the mark. For example, SB 1070 is sometimes described as “allowing” police to ask suspected illegal immigrants about their status. Actually, police are already allowed to do that. SB 1070 makes such inquiries a requirement – but only, as the law says, when “practicable.”

Which brings us to a useful Q & A our colleague Nicholas Riccardi prepared on the law. Here’s an excerpt concerning the role of police and SB 1070:

What else must police do under the law?

Anyone arrested in Arizona cannot be released until police check with the federal government to determine whether that person is in the country legally.

Some read this to mean that it doesn't matter if suspects have birth certificates and passports — the federal government must confirm their status before they are freed. Others contend that the requirement only applies to suspected illegal immigrants.

Also, authorities must alert the federal government when any illegal immigrant convicted of a crime of any severity is released from custody or pays a fine to resolve a case.

Are police required to turn convicted illegal immigrants over to the federal government?

No, just to notify federal immigration agents.

Surprising, no? Follow this link to the entire Q & A to learn more about Arizona's immigration law.

Bolton is considering requests to halt the law before it takes effect July 29. It’s not clear when Bolton will rule on the lawsuits by civil rights groups and the Obama administration. Stay tuned.

-- Steve Padilla

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Photo: Opponents of Arizona's immigration law gather outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix on Thursday. Credit: Reuters
 

 
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AMAZING! LOOK AT THESE PEOPLE OPENLY STATING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO COMMIT ACTS OF SEDITION AND BREAK THE LAW ....WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS THAT THEY WANT TO U.S. TO BECOME JUST LIKE MEXICO...A VIOLENT DUMP!

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE I.Q. OF THIS GROUP?

The T-Shirts in the picture are amusing. If you are in the country illegally, you are already not complying.

We could have stopped all this immigration turmoil, demonstrations in Arizona, enforcement in Fremont Nebraska and across the country? If Sen. Harry Reid hadn't stuck his dirty fingers in the pie and reduced the empowerment of E-Verify. Almost everybody discerns that E-verify can isolate the majority of illegal labor taking American jobs. That Harry Reid in his Democratic leadership was able to sojourn E-Verify as a permanent tool of Homeland Security. In fact in his gratitude to special interest groups, he nearly--KILLED--E-Verify for his business friends in 2009. If it had not been for Senator Jeff Sessions we wouldn't even have this tool to struggle the unceasing invasion from across the border. With no thanks to Reid, E-Verify that has grown in intensity and being taken up by hundreds of thousands of dedicated businesses. We should congratulate Sen. Sessions, although even though E-Verify was weakened--as its not mandated, it still is turning illegal aliens away from jobs and opening new hires for citizens and legal residents.


Illegal Immigrants would start departing from sovereign America, if E-Verify was mandated with the full funding. Politicians are clueless that no money would be appropriated as these illegal residents would leave by their own accord. THEY WOULD SELF-DEPORT THEMSELVES.

The estimate of illegals still having employment is around 8.5 million. Somehow E-Verification has survived the barrage from different pro-open borders, pro-amnesty organizations, which have convinced themselves that the enforcement program E-Verify isn't accurate. One things for sure unless you have heavy gauge identification documents, E-Verify will recognize your deliberate fraudulent documents and identify the irregularity. After being hired, you have one choice to approach the Social Security office, so they can approve your right to work. If any state needs to mandate E-Verify--it’s Nevada, for its large population of illegal alien workers and families who have settled there.

Nevada also has suffered from its politicians, governors, mayors who have made no apology in serving illegal aliens with citizen-residents welfare programs. Just like various other states many cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles ensure safe harbors for illegal aliens, who have crippled the public entitlement programs nationwide. Senator Reid has also colluded with his Liberal Democratic minions to press the Congress for Amnesty. Other than E-Verify, American immigration law is limited to the local policing authority 287 (g) to question people of their legal status. The 2006 Secure Fence act was dismantled to just one fence and even that stands in many places vented for criminals and illegal immigrants to pour through. AMERICANS MUST HAVE THE DESIRE TO REMOVE FROM OFFICE ALL PRO-ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT LAWMAKERS BY PRESSING THEM AT WASHINGTON SWITCHBOARD 202-224-3121.
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Talk about arrogant illegal aliens, who are they to wear a shirt saying they will not comply. Who do they think they are? Oh, they will comply! Illegal aliens have NO RIGHT to be in this country, so GET OUT! Just who do they think they are demonstrating on American soil, anyway. Go back to your own Country and demonstrate there where you have EVERY right.

GO ARIZONA! You are leading the way and other States WILL be following you. Its time to take our Country back from this INVASION of the ILLEGAL ALIENS.

LOOK AT THESE IDIOTS OPENLY STATING THEY ARE ENGAGING IN SEDITION AND WILLING TO BREAK THE LAW! THEY WANT THE U.S. TO BECOME A VIOLENT DUMP JUST LIKE MEXICO!

I DARE THEM TO GO BACK TO THEIR COUNTRY AND ORIGIN AND DEMAND THAT ALL ILLEGALS SHOULD BE ALLOWED INTO THEIR COUNTRY AT ANY TIME!

WHAT HYPOCRITS!

Need drastic changes in our current laws and the AZ law is the 1st step. The 2nd step is to make sure that new born babies parents - BOTH PARENTS - have green cards and/or U.S. passports. 3rd step is to have a national ID card in place to apply for jobs, to pay taxes, etc. And, please, our law enforcement needs to get rid of those day laborers from Home Depot parking lot. I am sick of those illegal aliens. Every time I go to Home Depot, I get surrounded by day laborers. Also we should get rid of Spanish as much as possible. Let's face it. You call your bank and you have to listen to both English and Spanish what options you have. Waste of time. English language rules in this country. Spanish language rules in Mexico. All people who are here without papers must be kicked out of this country. End of story. Let's create jobs for real Americans. Let's stop giving out free services to illegal aliens.

And Los Angeles Times are on the illegal alien side. I am sick of L.A. Times.

THESE ANCHOR BABIES FAIL TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION WHERE WE ARE TO BE A "NATION OF LAWS" AND NOT ONE OF SEDITION! ARIZONA'S LAW DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH! ANCHOR BABIES SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF THEIR CITIZENSHIP...ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE OPENLY SAYING THEY ARE ENGAGING IN SEDITION!

I am an American born in Puerto Rico. Although, I am an American from birth I do have heavy Hispanic accent when I talk. So, if I travel to Arizona and if I am stop by the police; I could be arrested? What kind of documents are required for a person like me to bring to Arizona in a vacation trip? All the documentation that is requested to travel from state to state is a driver’s license. Well I guess that if I run the risk to spend my vacations in an Arizona jail I will not travel to Arizona!

Every time these ignorant illegal alien protesters come out it turns the vast majority of Americans against their cause. Most of SB1070 will survive and they don't have to like it. They turned Mexico into a lawless cesspool and we won't allow that here.

SB 1070 will be upheld in the Federal courts. There is nothing at all unconstitutional about inquiring about immigration status. Once it is upheld similar laws will be passed in at least 25 other states whose electorate is equally offended and angry by the inaction of the Federal government. How can President Obozo be so out of touch and deluded? Unbelievable.

At least they say "We will not comply" in ENGLISH, some progress!!

How about paying local and federal taxes instead of receiving everything from "racist americans"?

Rather have good working people than a racist like Tabby here.

I am 100% agreeable with Delaware Bob's comments dated July 23rd about arrogant illegal aliens talking or wearing shirt saying they will not comply. Yeah...as a voice of millions Asian legal immigrants waiting for their family member petition paper that takes years and years to be processed while this illegal aliens are over crowding the U.S.A. Who do they think they are? Oh, they will comply! Illegal aliens have NO RIGHT to be in this country especially California which is now becoming a BREEDING GROUND OF ILLEGAL ALLIENS having 4-5 kids in a household and eating all our tax payers money, so GET OUT! Just who do they think they are demonstrating on American soil, anyway. Go back to your own Country and demonstrate there where you have EVERY right.

GO ARIZONA and next 'CALIFORNIA'! You are leading the way and other States WILL be following you. Its time to take our Country back from this INVASION of the ILLEGAL ALIENS.

This is not about racism, its about economics and the scarcity of resources! To those that knowingly broke the law, your time us up. The argument that illegals do jobs that Americans won't do is no longer the case. With some parts of America having unemployment rates above 9.5% ,yes, Americans will do those jobs that they have taken to support themselves and their families. So please, respect that this is a nation of laws of leave peaceably!

This is defiantly a step in the right direction time to rid the US of all these Illegal's. Our own system makes it near impossible to search for and deport them that's BS its about time someone makes progress.

Brewer's a doer
Obama's a suer

Most Americans see people who cross our borders illegally, as illegal aliens. Obama sees them as democrat votes. Besides the other benefits of illegal alien slave labor, that's why he refuses to enforce the law, and seeks to punish anyone who would enforce our immigration law, e.g. Governor Brewer.
The South had its black slaves, and today's America has its Hispanic illegal alien slaves, and the plantation owners, and the politicians they support, like it that way, and the willing slaves like it too. It's bad for the country, but special interests didn't care then, and they don't care now.
There are votes to be had, and power, and riches to be gained.
Rule of Law? What's that?

Alot of people on these posts are arrogant about this subject saying the people in this picture are illegal, why because they look hispanic? So, because you look a certain way makes you illegal? This is exactly why they are protesting they are violating their civil right. Look back into your history books from 1955-1968, and tell me what happened. Nother posts states illegal immigrant are taking our jobs, have you also realized a great majority of our big companies are starting to move over sea for fabrication and production because it is cheaper... I am a Italian and live in Arizona and have been mistaken to be hispanic many times, this means this law will effect me. How do you differ a Illegal immigrant from a United States citizen? I believe this law will violate my rights and as well as others as a citizen of the United States

Jose, the comment who is afraid to travel in Arizona --
If you really have no idea what kind of identification you will need, look on the internet for Arizona's office of tourism and telephone them and ask what kind of i.d. it would be good to have on hand.
Duh.
I suspect you are not an American from Puerto Rico, but an illegal alien advocate trying to buttress the idea that legal citizens are in danger from this law.

We live in Arizona, my husband is hispanic and was not born in the US.
Is he a US citizen? No
Did he follow all of the steps required by law to get his Legal Resident Status? Yes
Is he concerned about SB 1070? Not in the least
He is a State of Arizona employee and has been for 25 years, will he lose his job? No
Do you know what will happen if he gets pulled over by the police? Nothing

C Morales

Jose wrote:

"I am an American born in Puerto Rico...if I travel to Arizona and if I am stop by the police; I could be arrested?"

No. You are welcome in Arizona and all the rest of the USA, after all it is your country.

"What kind of documents are required for a person like me to bring to Arizona in a vacation trip? All the documentation that is requested to travel from state to state is a driver’s license. "

Jose, you are not required to have your driver's license to be in Arizona, unless you are driving your car. If you were pulled over and had your PR driver's license, the law says you are presumed to be legal.

But let's say you left your wallet in your hotel room and were walking down the street and the cop stopped you because you matched the description of a wanted suspect. Then you might be held long enough to verify your identity.

Of course the new law in AZ didn't bring that into effect. I bet as a 50 year old white guy from CA, the same would be true for me in Pheonix or in San Juan.

They will not comply? OK, I've decided maybe the tax payers who support them shouldn't comply either. Maybe the only way to get attention for compliance is to starve out the chicago style polititians and the people who wouldn't have food in their house if the complying tax payers didn't fork over part of their earnings.

There's a lot of things that as a citizen I don't feel like complying with but I follow the law or try to get it changed. Besides, as a citizen the government gives incentives for compliance. They can get into your bank account, put a lien on or take away your personal and business property, put you in jail and so it goes for a citizen.

Leaving America looks real good and coming back in illegally if our government keeps up the racist policy favoring Mexicans who drag across a pregnant 15 year old for us to take care of.

America is no longer the land of dreams thanks to the looney liberals who want to either give it away, drain the workers of all their pay to support the lazy and the stupid, or to dismantle it in favor of a Marxist society.

Vote in November and vote for some common sense.

It doesn't seem to me they are arrogant. I think they are stupid. We will not comply? AZ SB1070 is not asking them to comply with anything. This kind of demonstrations just show they have no arguments to support their demand of being recognized as legal residents and, then, as citizens (besides the now tiresome resource of calling anyone who doesn't agree with them a "racist").

And they need to be really stupid to announce they are here willing to disrupt the rule of law when they are asking to be accepted as lawful members of the community. We Americans will need to be very irresponsible to allow this kind of people to get the right to vote and shape our government and to be part of juries in American courts.

Who said they are illegal immigrants, maybe they are or maybe they are us citizens that knows how all this could affect their lifestile, because if u are a citizen and Hispanic and the police don't believe it ,they could take this person in custody untill they are able to probe who really they are, for me this law is almost like a law saying that all whites are racist and the police take you in custody untill you probe the contrary, I think something like this could be causing riots, a lot of people suing Arizona,strikes, thousands of people protesting etc, but wait this peoples are Hispanics so they are ignorants, there's not racism on this law, Arizona needs real laws, we had 3 presidents before Obama, what they did to fix this problems : nothing , all this is politics, I bet you that after the elections nothing gonna change and all this will resurface againg at the time of the next election, I want to make this clear I'm a republican, I'm a conservative , also I'm a native American and this is not what I expect from the GOP , Reagan had the guts to try to fix all this problem .

I think that most of the people rallying against SB1070 are really not that worried about the poor immigrants coming across the border.
SB1070 means they won't be sucking up all the freebies that the Arizona taxpayers are paying for.
If Mexico is so great-let them go to Mexico.

well !! i'll say that one more time!! undocumented or inmigrants without proper documents to reside, leave or work in the territory of the united states of north america are not legally here!! they must go back!! to their own countries it's the law!! this country is great because the law was there but now days is getting weak... i came here from another country and i came here legally Id waited for 9 years to get my proper documentation to come legally with out any fraud and i'm tired of people making fraud marrieges and all kinds of of documents to get legalized and the federal goverment doesnt go after them please do something

THESE ANCHOR BABIES FAIL TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION WHERE WE ARE TO BE A "NATION OF LAWS" AND NOT ONE OF SEDITION! ARIZONA'S LAW DOESN'T GO FAR ENOUGH! ANCHOR BABIES SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF THEIR CITIZENSHIP...ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE OPENLY SAYING THEY ARE ENGAGING IN SEDITION!

Wow are you all really that blinded by your hate??.. These people are not illegal... They are legal citizens making a point wow!

First of all the people with the shirts are legal and that's why they are protesting American born and raised like me will be persecuted for no other reason other then the color of my skin and if you don't see anything wrong with that then you are a racist. Wich your allowed to be just don't try and hide it :).

WE DO ALL THE WORK AMERICAN AND OTHERS DOSENT WANTS TO DO AND WE ARE NOT TELLING YOU IF YOU CAN BRING US SOMETHING WE PAID TAXES BUT ARE EMPLOYERS DOSENT DO IT AND THATS NOT ARE FALLS AND MORE OF THEM DOSENT WANTS TO PAY ARE MONEY FOR THE WORK WE DID THE SAYS THEY WILL CALL ICED IF WE SAIS SOMETHING ALL OF YOU ARE TAKING A LOOK ABOUT BAD THINGS ABOUT LATIN BUT YOUR DONT UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE IN HERE AND MOST OF PEOPLE THEY ONLY WANTS TO WORK AND GOING BACK TO HOME BECAUSE WE DONT LIKE TO LIVE IN HERE YOU CAN ASK ANY OTHER LATIN AND THEY WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING WE ARE NOT HAPPY IN HERE BUT WE NEED TO BE ARE IN HERE BECAUSE WE WANT A BETTER FUTURE FOR ARE FAMILIES NO LIKE THE FUTURE WE HAVE BEFORE BUT IF NO BODY GIVE US THE OPORTUNITY TO SPEACK, AND DEMOSTRATE ARE REAZON WHY WE ARE IN HERE THEY NEVER UNDESTAND WHAT IS ARE GOAL WE JUST NEED A MOMENT IF THEY GIVE US THE OPORTUNITY TO DO EVERYTHING RIGHT WE CAN DO IT BUT IF WE DONT HAVE ANY OPTION WE STILL THE SAME. JUST THINK WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY WITHOUT YOU FAMILY YOU CAN LIVE HAPPY? NOOOOOO BUT YOU WANTS TO GO BACK. BUT YOU HAVE TO GO BACK NO WITH EMPTY HANDS.

Hey Toby,

Go back to school, I'm a proud Mexican American, who is better educated than you, and I have shirt like this one that I have worn since this laws was first known. I have a PhD in AMERICAN HISTORY from a UNIVERSITY, do you know what that word is? My family has been in this part of the country for 175 years when this state was part of Mexico (what about yours, did they come from nowhere?). Which is probably a history that you have no clue about, and this law is just a continuation of ethnic laws that have been use HISTORICALLY in this country to target very specific groups, have you heard of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882? Have you heard of Jim Crow laws? Have you heard of the Gentlemen's Agreement of 1907? Have you heard of Operation Wetback?

GET YOU FACTS STRAIGHT TOBY!

Read a book, go back to school and learn what's been going on in OUR country. This country has a right to protect its border, but the law is badly written, they are not targeting white people! Do you think if you go to Arizona you will be stop and ask for your citizenship status? Would you feel discriminated? Do you even know what that means?

And to all of those who feel affected by the presence of undocumented workers. Just remember that any time you eat or buy any fruit or vegetables or go to a restaurant YOU, yes YOU are contributing to this as well. So go and complain to the restaurant owners and those AMERICANS who hire these undocumented workers to exploit them. I dare you!

Saludos,


Dr.


I live in Phoenix and I'm tired of all this Arizona bashing. What does "ILLEGAL" mean. The people that oppose this law will not understand this because they don't want to. I say if you are not registered to vote, Register now, and if you are a register voter get the word out that our federal government has turned our great country into a land of lawless illegals. We need to clean house and get people into office that will look out for legal Americans. I say all power to SB1070. we need more supporters of this law to stand up and be heard. Write to who ever represents you in government and have them do something now or look for work some where else. Because we will be to the polls and do the right thing. ACTION NOW POWER TO SB 1070

Looking at all the comments, i wonder, just how many of these so call tax payers are actually paying taxes and not receiving tax money back at the end of the year?? Also, did you idiots forget that every time you pay for something YOU ARE PAYING TAXES to the state??


because from what i hear, you morons talk like Illegals are excluded from paying any form of taxes.

also, do you idiots even know that most state requires you to have a social in order to get welfare?? so next time you so called "educated" morons try to blame someone for your money problems, try finding out to who your money is REALLY going to...

One last thing, since all these illegals are paying state taxes, and believe me, they are, what are you going to do when the money of more than a MILLION illegals isnt here to help with money to HELP the country, when you STILL have your leeches getting Welfare. (knowing you retards, youll probably find someone or SOMETHING to pin your problems on.... AGAIN )

When people are an illegal immigrant I think it's the illegal part that people have a problem with NOT the immigrant part no matter what country they are from!

All the people who protest this law I'm sure would have a different opinion if an illegal immigrant (again, no matter what country they're from) committed a crime (epsecially a homocide or rape) against a family member and there was no way to track them down in the system. Like a birth certificate, driver license, social security number, fingerprints, home address, etc.

I'm a mexican american, and I can not wait for sb1070 to pass. Not that I don't have love for my roots. Its just to much drama!!! My exhusband is an illegal, we have joint costudy and he has my kids. All beacause he has a good paying construction job, I was left with all the bills no where to go and worse without my kids. He dont even let me see them the days that corespond, and when I spoke to authority they said it does not matter if he is an illegal immagrant what matters are the divorce papers. Im in a whole with the economy being down cant get a job to afford a lawyer or find one for free. The last time I knew I thought we had the rights here not an illegal immagrant.

I am an LA County property owner who pays taxes to the County. I also support AZ and SB 1070. My taxes(and the taxpayers of LA & CA) are paying the wages of LA County Public employee unions who are sponsoring & funding bus trips for pro-illegal alien activists. I cannot nor will not abide this and will not pay any more taxes to LA County. I therefore will withhold or delay as long as possible property tax payments to The LA County Assessors Office, as a protest against LA County for allowing their public employee union members to engage in political actions which i oppose vehemently. This letter will be transmitted all over the internet via my blogsite, twitter and facebook, and sent to pertinent CA Government agencies and officials.

Why this new law that discriminates illegals that dont have documents... do you think America should make friends worldwide with money only...no... that's because americans are hated worldwide, and just because some people dont think right (state of Arizona); now with the approval of that new law in Arizona americans with US passports will be hated more not only those from Arozona but every single american. God save us all from that trouble. Thats because I dont want to travel anywhere because of that.

who knew LA Times had such ignorant && racist readers. very sad.

What is considered illegal immigration? Is it not migrating to a country illegally? Like every single soul that is here today who has European blood pumping through their veins? For that matter, is it not every one of us here that is not indigenous to this land?

So just because I was born here in America I am legal right? Well, have the politicians and the rest of white and black America Muslim and Christian poor and rich, forgot that they too had some ancestor who came here illegally just like my mom and dad? You think it does not piss me off when I see my people or for the fact, anyone; get arrested for being illegal? I mean for us it is a win-win situation. You can deport my brother Jesus who is by the way a Mexican national, but my other "CARNAL" (the word carnal is a term used by Mexicans that means "brother") is just going to make a profit by bringing my brother Jesus back. Yes, it will be a burden on my family and I , but you really think that any burden will make us give up on survival and family? Come on!!!!!! NEVER!!!!That's pathetic to think.

Now who makes a profit along with my CARNAL that crossed my brother Jesus over the border? Take a wild guess??? Yes it’s the same people who wrote the senate bill 1070, the people who enforce the bill, the people who are trying to pass the bill and even the people who have the Super power to stop the bill. They all profit off it. While we, the intelligent, well educated, civilized, TAX PAYING AMERICANS sit back and give an opinion or two and blog about it, don’t have one clue what is really going on behind the scenes. Yet we still get a portion of our hard earned paycheck cut out to pay for all this. Whether it is the "Illegal’s" incarceration that we pay for or whether it is the national guard that is sent out to "protect" our borders that we pay for, or whether it is the luxuries that sit in front of your politicians runway on his 500 acre property that we pay for. WE (tax payers) ARE ALL PAYING FOR IT!!!!! . I guess we are not that intelligent and well educated after all. We might be civilized and for damn sure are paying taxes but we have no clue whats going on, who is really making the call and what is already planned to play out at what time and where!!! Not one clue.

One thing I do know is that I will never forget that before Mexico became Mexico and bloodshed was poured throughout the culturally rich country, there were indigenous people already there. I am fortunate to say that those indigenous people survived. But who was it that came and disrupted our ways? Was it Europeans? Was it the same people who came to what is now known as the UNITED STATES? Could it be the bloodline that is still in POWER today? Who knows and is that really important? Not really right? So why is it so important that Mexicans come here to America? You think if the migration process for Mexicans was easier and 10 years faster to process we wouldn't do it. Of course we would.

So now we have to look at the reason for the migration. Why do we migrate here? There are plenty of resources in Mexico. There is plenty of widespread uncivilized land. There is plenty of water and opportunity there. But why are there no jobs? Why isn't there a booming economy? (Besides the Drug business)......

I will finish this blog later. In the meantime think about 5 years worth of research I just wrote about. Be ready to get in deep thought and consideration. WE are all human and there is pros and cons to this discussion.

NOTE TO BIG BROTHER: I dont mind paying taxes, but I will not pay for this kind nonsense and I will reside here or wherever I please. This is one world which was created for all mankind.

My father is from Mexico and my mother from Costa Rica. Both came here to the USA separately, but legally and eventually became citizens years ago. I was born here and none of us can understand why anyone, except those here illegally or harboring illegal aliens would have a problem with SB1070.
So what that I am Latino and my have to prove my citizenship? I have no problem with that since in will make for a better future for my children that are here legally and for those of us that pay taxes.

Illegal immigration is entering the United States and residing here without proper authorization. The Mexican government wants to have it both ways; they want to enforce their border and immigration laws but then pretend that those same rules don't apply when it comes to the United States. The US is a sovereign country and has every right to deport all unlawful residents. Especially those caught committing any type of crime. The fact that the rich elite in Mexico are greedy and corrupt is not justification to allow uncontrolled population growth of into the US.

I have no problem with others wanting to come to the USA to live. Its a wonderful place, with lots of opportunity. The problem I have is when they do not assimilate and integrate and fully become American. I GET SICK AND TIRED OF CONSTANTLY SEEING ADS IN THE PAPER WHO WILL ONLY HIRE YOU IF YOU ARE BILINGUAL AND SPEAK SPANISH> If you want to come to the country then get the proper papers and learn the language. Its hard enough for the real blood and born Americans to get a job.. Soo, in this aspect, I think part of the immigration law requirement should be using English as totally mandatory.

wow!!! the things you all worry about. i have a 3 yr old granddauther that has but 6 months to live. 3 YRS OLDS AND YOUR WORRIED ABOUT WHO HAS PAPERS AND WHO DOESNT? she has papers will that help her live longer? NO!!!

This law makes total sense - show your support people!
http://www.usa4az.com

"""""LOOK AT THESE IDIOTS OPENLY STATING THEY ARE ENGAGING IN SEDITION AND WILLING TO BREAK THE LAW! THEY WANT THE U.S. TO BECOME A VIOLENT DUMP JUST LIKE MEXICO!

I DARE THEM TO GO BACK TO THEIR COUNTRY AND ORIGIN AND DEMAND THAT ALL ILLEGALS SHOULD BE ALLOWED INTO THEIR COUNTRY AT ANY TIME!

WHAT HYPOCRITS!

Posted by: lkjljkl | July 23, 2010 at 12:54 PM"""""""


fIRST OF ALL WE WERE NOT THE ONES WHO MADE YOUR LAND A DUMP SO DONT BLAME US!! WHY ARE YOU BEING SO RACIST,, WHY JUST MEXICANS WHAT ABOUT ASIANS, CANADIANS, AND ALL THOSE WHO IMMIGRATED TO! HUH EVEN IF WE ARE WRONG THEY DONT HAVE TO BE RACIST BY OUR APPEARANCE, CHECKING IF WE ARE DOCUMENTED OR NOT!! I WANT TO KNOW IF YOU DONT HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER, OR A FRIEND, NEIGHBOR, ETC WHO YOU KMOW OR CARE ABOUT THAT ISNT DOCUMENTED WHO IS HERE STRUGGLING BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING DEPORTED!! I SEE THIS IS YOUR OPINION BUT I HOPE THAT THIS DOESNT HAPPEN TO YOU OR YOUR "FRIEND", BECAUSE EVEN AFTER THIS I AM STILL KINDLY HEARTED AND HOPE YOU STOP TALKING WHAT YOU DONT KNOW OR FEEL!!

This law is insulting and encourages racist behavior.

It is bad enough that our officers stop a "suspicious" black male walking out on the street, now they have an excuse to stop as many "suspicious illegals" without being questioned. In case you weren't aware, the Hispanic population is one of the biggest minority groups in this country; one can't be ignorant and think that they are all illegal. Thus, these people have all the right to protest because THEY are the ones that will be getting stopped for no reason, not an "illegal" of Asian, European, or African descent.

For those of you that didn't know, "mexicans" are not the only illegal immigrants in the United States.

clearly grammatically speaking, yours is very, vert high:)

There is no statute of limitations on illegal immigration that is going to make an illegal immigrant a legal immigrant. The only way to obtain legal immigration status is through the legal immigration process. Mexico can no longer export their overpopulation to the United States with no consequences.

MEXICO IS NOT A VIOLENT DUMP HAVE YALL BEEN THERE TO C IF IT IS..OR IF U HAVE JUST KUZ U WenT TO THAT SPECIFIC PLACE DOES NOT MEAN THE REST OF MEXICO IS LIKE THAT!!!!Wow Its amazing how these Mexicans get together and protest and alot of them are citizens of the u.s and by protesting along with eachother shows how much they support eachother...I think that this law is not right because yea few of the mexicans are bad but alot of them come here for a better life and for thier families..i know if i was in that situation i would risk my life crossen the border. Alot of people think that immigrants are just Mexicans..WRONG! Immigrant are people that are from foriegn countries and come over here..Its not fair that Mexicans Cant come to the U.S and work or visit but its ok for Americans to go to Mexico and visit and do watever..Either way it goes if laws are put in saying immigrants are not allowed either way there is still goin to b immigrants and the u.s and coming in.O and they do not come here to have babies to get help they are not the only ones that are taking advanage look around there are many poeple who get help from the government when they dont even need it!!!!

 
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