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Category: Immigration Debate

Social media wrap: The Great (polling) Divide: Arizona immigration vs politicians' approval ratings


A gulf wider than any border-protection measure has emerged between low approval ratings for our nation’s political ruling class and rising support for Arizona’s response to illegal immigration.

A new poll tweeted by Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday finds that while 26% of respondents said they are embarrassed by Arizona and its behavior, about 62% said they are not. But 59% said they are embarrassed by the nation’s “political class” and its behavior, while 23% said they are not.

By a 3-to-1 margin, the poll results conclude, respondents see the political class as a greater threat to the nation than laws such as the one passed recently in Arizona. Just 31% said the U.S. is heading in the right direction, Rasmussen tweeted later. 

That’s a tough poll to swallow for the Democratic Party and, in particular, the current administration, which has sued to prevent – or delay significantly -- Arizona from enacting legislation that many see as....

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Sunday shows: Holder, Netanyahu, Richardson, Bair

ABC: "This Week" with Jake Tapper: Obama advisor David Axelrod; Reps. Brian Bilbray (R-Carlsbad) and Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.); George Will; Ruth Marcus; Reihan Salam; and Ron Brownstein. BP claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg

Bloomberg: "Political Capital" with Al Hunt: Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. chairwoman Sheila Bair.

CBS: "Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer": U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder.

CNN: "Fareed Zakaria GPS": George Osborne, British chancellor of the exchequer, and Anjem Choudary, leader of Islam4UK.

CNN: "State of the Union" with Candy Crowley: Axelrod, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Kenneth Feinberg, gulf oil spill claims administrator.

Fox News: "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Axelrod with a panel of Brit Hume, Bill Kristol, Juan Williams and Mara Liasson.

NBC: "Meet the Press" with David Gregory: Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs with GOP political strategist Ed Gillespie, former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee, MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow, and New York Times columnist David Brooks.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Kenneth Feinberg. Credit: Associated Press

Only 1-in-3 Americans supports Obama's immigration lawsuit against Arizona; fully half oppose it

Fence along part of the Arizona Mexico border

With less than four months before his first midterm election, President Obama's lawsuit against Arizona's new illegal immigrant law is running against a strong tide of American support for the measure.

Acting through the Justice Department, the Democrat administration seeks an injunction to stop the state law, S.B. 1070, from taking effect on July 29 and allowing Arizona officials to enforce federal laws against illegal immigrants, nearly a half-million of whom are estimated to be in Arizona. The federal suit actually duplicates an earlier one filed by the ACLU and supported by the Mexican government.

A new Gallup Poll out this morning reveals that half of all Americans oppose Obama's lawsuit, while only 33% support it. This mirrors other....

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No state give on Obama illegal immigration suit; Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer fires back defiantly


No back down tonight from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who pushed back at the Obama Justice Department's decision to sue the southwestern state over its new illegal immigrant law set to take effect in 23 days.

"Today's filing," Brewer said in a formal statement (full text below), "is nothing more than a massive waste of taxpayer funds. These funds could be better used against the violent Mexican cartels than the people of Arizona."

The Obama lawsuit opposes Arizona state law S.B. 1070, which is also opposed by the ACLU and government of Mexico, 

As the Associated Press reported:

Arizona passed the law after years of frustration over problems associated with illegal immigration, including drug trafficking, kidnappings and murders. The state is the biggest gateway into the U.S. for illegal immigrants, and is home to an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants.

The law requires officers, while enforcing other laws, to question a person's immigration status if there's a reasonable suspicion that they are in the country illegally. The law also makes it a state crime for legal immigrants to not carry their immigration documents and bans day laborers and people who seek their services from blocking traffic on streets.
Brewer's statement added:

The irony is that President Obama’s Administration has chosen to sue Arizona for helping to enforce federal immigration law and not sue local governments that have adopted a patchwork of ‘sanctuary’ policies that directly violate federal law. These patchwork local ‘sanctuary’ policies instruct the police not to cooperate with federal immigration officials. 

Polls have shown widespread national and Arizona approval for the concept of legal immigration, for enforcing existing illegal immigrant laws and for Arizona's measure to step into the federal gap. The lawsuit,....

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Sunday shows: McCain, Graham, Dingell, DeMint

Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina

ABC This Week with Jake Tapper: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Dan Senor, Al Hunt and Cynthia Tucker.

Bloomberg Political Capital with Al Hunt: Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.).

CBS Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) with Peter Baker, Jan Crawford and Anne Kornblut.

CNN State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Said Tayeb Jawab, Afghanistan Ambassador to the U.S; Reps. John Boccieri (D-Ohio), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.).

CNN GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Niall Ferguson, Harvard University.

Fox News Sunday with Major Garrett: Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Henry Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Kenneth Feinberg, with Bill Kristol, Stephen Hayes, Nina Easton and Juan Williams.

NBC Meet the Press: No show this week.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images (McCain and Graham).

Social nets wrap: Online reaction to President Obama's immigration address


Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah): The president's call for immigration reform is little more than cynical political pandering to his left-wing political base and is more about giving backdoor amnesty to illegal immigrants than real reform. Hatch Responds

Mayor Mike Bloomberg (New York): There is no question we have to get control of our border. Mike talks Immigration Reform

JudgeCarter (Texas): Why didn't Obama mention during immigration speech that gunfire from Juarez recently hit El Paso's City Hall?? Thankfully, no one hurt.

Office of the Arizona Attorney General, Terry Goddard, AZPOST - Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board has released its training video for Police Officers regarding SB1070. (Warning, the video is hard right now to watch due to the high traffic volume.)

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.): Did you watch President Obama’s speech on immigration this morning? It’s very disappointing that he still believes amnesty is a solution to our illegal immigration problem. As the chairman of the Senate Boarder Security Caucus, I’ll continue to be a leader on enforcing our immigration laws. Here’s an op-ed I wrote for the Natchez Democrat today:  Free pass to citizenship not an option.

RepDanBurton (R-Ind.): President Obama's immigration speech was short on details and long on emotions. - #tcot

BarackObama: By appealing not to people’s fears but to their hopes and ideals, we can put politics aside for an immigration system that is accountable.

fredthompson: Obama: must fix broken immigration system. Ya know what's better than a new law on immigration? A new wall on the border. #ftrs #tcot

BilbrayCA50 (R-Carlsbad): Obama can pass immigration reform by focusing on employers exploiting illegal labor:

RepTomPrice (R-Ga.): President Obama should be thanking Arizona for lending a hand, not threatening the state with a lawsuit.

CandiceMiller (R-Mich.):  Americans will not support any imm. reform until our borders are secure. Let’s get to work on fixing that problem...

-- Craig Howie

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Obama on immigration: System's broken, fence won't work, Arizona's wrong, beware demagoguery


As described here the other day, President Obama spoke today about the volatile illegal immigration issue, among others. We have the lengthy full text below -- and a substantial story archive below that.

The 44th president and son of an immigrant covered a wide array of issues: He described his Democratic administration's ambitious legislative efforts to address healthcare, the faltering economy, the need for more government financial regulations, education changes and clean energy.

He didn't have time to get into the stubbornly high unemployment rates and the ongoing gulf oil spill. Nor his faltering job rating and the poll majorities supporting repeal of his beloved healthcare legislation and support for Arizona's illegal immigrant enforcement legislation.

But he did claim credit for standing up to fierce opposition. "Despite the forces of the status quo," the president said, "despite the polarization and the frequent pettiness of our politics, we are...

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Obama sets another speech to fix the Arizona illegal immigrant situation

A sign in Arizona

With polls showing he's on the losing end of the public opinion tide in favor of Arizona's new illegal immigrant law, President Obama has decided to construct a wordy barrier of speeches along the insecure border issue with Mexico.

The latest speech comes Thursday morning, when the Democrat goes to American University in Washington to repeat his view that securing and sealing the nation's southern frontier against the flow of illegal immigrants, drugs, traffickers, criminals and terrorists is only a part of the solution to what he describes as "our broken immigration system."

The president says he wants a comprehensive package of immigration reforms, including the ...

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An impatient Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer leans on Obama again over illegal immigrants

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer meets with Democrat president Barack Obama in the Oval Office 6-3-10


President Obama was busy Thursday entertaining Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with local cheeseburgers. Obama paid the bill.

But in his White House mailbox the American chief executive should find a new letter from an impatient Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer about the illegal immigrant and unsecured federal border issues -- and laced with a little salsa.

The Republican governor is reminding the Democrat president that three weeks ago during their overdue Oval Office meeting he promised to send her more material within two weeks, especially regarding deployment of National Guard troops to fulfill the federal government's role of securing  the nation's international borders.Arizona and Obama officials now have a June 28 meeting set.

Her letter comes the week before Obama's Justice Department is expected to sue Arizona over its tough new illegal immigrant law that seeks to enforce U.S. laws against illegal immigrants that the U.S. is not enforcing.

Citing recent reports of federal lands within Arizona being closed to Americans because they are infested with criminals and....


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Cherry-picking Obama polls: McChrystal, healthcare, Arizona's Jan Brewer, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin

U S General Stanley McChrystal flying over Afghanistan

A new opinion survey just out reveals that 100% of incumbent presidents of the United States are extremely annoyed with Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal for his dismissive and condescending attitudes toward certain civilian members of the Barack Obama administration, as reported in the new issue of Rollling Stone.

The current Democratic president mentioned Tuesday that the U.S. commander in Afghanistan showed "poor judgment" in his comments, such poor judgment that said general was summoned to the White House this morning to explain himself, to apologize in person to those he dissed such as VP Joe "McChrystal Doesn't Need More Troops Over There" Biden and quite possibly to resign.

Which could prompt allies to rethink their troop commitments to the eight-year-old war. And would immediately start the bidding on a tell-all book by McChrystal, a spartan 55-year-old, blunt-spoken, Special Forces veteran of 34 years of military service, who sleeps four hours per night, runs eight miles each morning and eats once a day. All of which just might help save his job for now.

The only member of the Obama administration to come off well in the....

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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