April 26, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Bret Michaels in critical condition from a brain hemorrhage. Get the latest on his condition from “Celebrity Apprentice’s” Donald Trump Jr. and Darryl Strawberry – and Bret’s one-time girlfriend, “Rock of Love” winner, Taya Parker.


Arizona’s tough new immigration law! Reverend Al Sharpton denounces it – Sheriff Joe Arpaio defends it.  The two men take sides – and take on each other!

What do YOU think about the new Arizona Immigration Law? Is it racist?

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AlphaPoe   April 26th, 2010 7:12 pm ET

I don't care if it's racist. It's what's necessary. The illegals are ruining this country in every way.

Mike Rose   April 26th, 2010 7:22 pm ET

Larry the law is the law. Illegal immigration is against the law period. It is not raciest to enforce the law. I for one of millions am sick of the race card being played as a trump card. There are legal ways to enter this country, and many before our neighbor to the south invaded our borders for a better life, have done it by the laws of our land.

Since law enforcement cannot tell by "appearance" who is legal and who is not, they must question when they have cause to identify.

Illegal immigration cost billions in "free" government programs paid for by tax payers who are legal regardless of race. We pay higher health, and auto insurance, we pay higher for our goods because they must be printed in two languages, English and Spanish, not English and German, or French but Spanish, that alone tells you there is a problem. If I lived in Mexico I would not expect to have things printed in English for me, but would expect to learn their language, and abide by their laws. I have no doubt that if I were in Mexico illegally I would be thrown in jail, or deported, and the same is fair for all who are here illegally period! No amnesty, no concession, break the law and your gone.

Kari Hollenbeck   April 26th, 2010 7:24 pm ET

First let me say, my prayers and thoughts are with Bret girls and family. He is an amazing person he has to make it!

Sheriff Joe: We need more like him, infact I think these people who are in custody who have murdered, any violent crimes they need to be the ones out on the front line fighting for this county and they lives.

Sheriff Joe, keep up the gret job! I hope others follow soon

Stephanie   April 26th, 2010 7:37 pm ET

Bret you will fight and we will be here to rock with you all the way! Prayers and blessings your way.

Smith in Oregon   April 26th, 2010 7:39 pm ET

Arizona's taxpayers will find their State's coffers are going to be deluged by multiple class action lawsuits, Arizona's corporate business's will find their profits plunging due to nationwide boycotts of their goods and services. Arizona's tourism will drop significantly, effecting State income and business coffers. Arizona will soon be utterly scorned and boycotted by Democratic led States and Nations around the world as they did to Apartheid South Africa.

The solution would be to include in the sweeping overhaul of Federal Democratic President Obama's Immigration legislation as including the need for US Military service as a fast track basis for America citizenship.

The immigration reform legislation should include the following:

'If one or more members of a illegal immigrant family volunteers for US Military service, that would fast track American citizenship for that entire immigrant family'.

Given recent US Military and independent studies which indicate in the near future a critical need for physically capable US Military volunteers, this immigration reform suggestion would likely garner some Republican votes also.

The Republican party's special interests in the US Military and massive Defense arms corporations are slowly realizing their future would be in great jeopardy if they create another proxy war and not enough American citizens were even capable of volunteering much less willing to sign up for US Military service.

Luis Teixeira   April 26th, 2010 7:48 pm ET

The 30% of the population of Arizona is Hispanic, from census of 2009, so when the gobernor of Arizona say that 70% of the population support the law...we know of who they are talking.....and after they say that they are not Racist....don't make me...please.. jajaja.
immigration is a Human Right, no law can take that from youi, is your right like Human Since the world Begin, you can controled but no extinguish, because you can't extinguish the dreams from the people, and is healthy because the people that move always is looking for better life and progress for every body, so is part of the community and increase the quality of life....this law only support the violence, the hate and the racism of the people...please, don;t do it...

Annette   April 26th, 2010 7:51 pm ET

Millions of people from all over the world want to come to America, but most of them do not break our laws and come here. I do not see why lawbreakers should be given special privileges. It is not fair to the law-abiding people who do want to move to the U.S., but can not come here.

Leonard   April 26th, 2010 8:06 pm ET

In the news media, I have read the following, "The new law requires immigrants to carry their registration documents at all times". I have read the law and find no such provision. I am missing something here or is this law being distorted for some politcal purpose.

Marilyn Robertson   April 26th, 2010 8:29 pm ET

When did we become a country that condemns those who uphold and enforce our laws ? It's stunning to hear supposed intelligent people debating the "fairness" of questioning those who are breaking a national law concerning immigration. I have rarely heard an issue twisted such as this one has been and is. There should be NO question as to the "fairness" of enforcing our laws. So many honest and "patient" people are working for, and WAITING to POSSIBLY be allowed citizenship by going through legal methods, as our TRUE immigrants have done through the years, Allowing illegals to continue living here will make our laws the laws in Mexico.

IKHAN   April 26th, 2010 8:41 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Gen.Jones had to apologize for telling a Jewish joke to an Israeli audience & had to swallow his words as there was an Israeli uproar. So much for freedom of speech.
Fellow bloggers were up in arms when the South Park episode making fun of a prophet was censored crying violation of the same freedom of speech.
Are we a nation of bigots or what?

Cathy   April 26th, 2010 8:45 pm ET

@Marilyn Robertson,
Well said. I wish the best for all people but they best follow the law.

L. Reason   April 26th, 2010 8:51 pm ET

When illegal immigrants carry banners and signs that say; "I'm illegal so what." and wave Mexican flags why are we not giving them an ultimatum? Nearly every country requires a visa, you absolutely cannot walk across international borders without a legal visa. SO why is America allowing this to continue?
Obama and his ilk like Nancy Pelosi and Hilary are already campaigning for re-election by asking BLACKS-LATINOS-& WOMEN to vote for him.
Stop trying to divide US citizens with your racist talk Obama.
Sheriff Joe is the one of the last law makers upholding the law in AZ. Perhaps if the sympathetic law breakers who oppose the new bill should live in Arizona where we hear gun shots from our bedroom windows. AZ where police officers are attacked more than any other city in the US. Where kidnapping has gone up 300%, Rape is rampant. Where the majority of these crimes are committed by illegal immigrants. Wanna come here and try to stop the drug lords and illegals??? Racial profiling? That is a joke, and a slap in our law-abiding citizens face.

Valerie   April 26th, 2010 8:54 pm ET

At the bottom of my green card is written "If 18 years of age or older you are required to have this card with you at all times." The card was issued by the United States Department of Justice not the State of Arizona. On the reverse it also states that I am required "by law" to notify the Attorney General every January of current address and within 10 days of any address change under penalty of law. This law fell by the wayside when the Mariel boat people overloaded the immigration dept. I would like to see that law reinstituted.
Is my Green card the only one in the USA that says I have to have it with me at all times? I was told I could be asked to present it at any time to show my status. This was years ago and now, suddenly, other immigrants from countries below our southern border are saying they don't want to abide by the laws they agreed to when they entered the country. They aren't the only immigrants. I have been asked for this piece of ID and scolded if I did not have it readily available. It did not bother me. What is their problem?

lola   April 26th, 2010 9:01 pm ET

I think ALL laws should be enforced – period. The law in which people born in this country from illegal immigrants automatically become citizens should be changed.......we are the only country to still has the antiquated law......time for a change – illegal immigration is killing us!

frank   April 26th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Just what part of "Illegal"do people not understand?these people mess up there country then move on to others.If by law , i must carry my I.D. at all times so should they have to carry there green cards.the u.s. government spent good money to build fences at the border.why? to keep them out, or to keep us in? it is federal law.enforce it.

P J Stieffel   April 26th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

What's up Larry? No CC Deville or Rikki Rocket or Bobby Dall to talk about this... All of a suddent his band mates are chopped liver??? I guess its all about the demographics...

Naira from NY   April 26th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

of course it's racist. I was in Az in 2005 (please note even before the law) and they stopped my friend and me to check our papers. I was mad and my friend was visiting from Australia and we both were absolutely shocked that they picked us because we were differently. It's a terrible law

Smith in Oregon   April 26th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Come on Dr. Gupta, how about doing heart stopping loads of drugs causing the pre-conditions which later results in Brain Hemorrhages down the road.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Him and Steven Hawkins can do a doett .

Savannah Hollis   April 26th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Dr. Gupta implied that it must be an aneurysm that caused the hemmorhage because of the location... I had a hemmorhage in my brainstem with IDENTICAL symptoms and I was 21. They did an angiogram a week after and didn't find an aneurysm because there wasn't one (they discovered four weeks after my bleed) I had an angioma. An angioma is a malformation of blood vessels that bleeds and is often MISDIAGNOSED as an aneurysm. I was healthy, exercised daily, and very young with no history of risk factors or family instance of such. They told me I had a migraine and attempted to release me with pain meds for such until I could no longer see, walk, or talk.

Tom N Tanzi   April 26th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

A few months Dr. Sanjay Gupta suggested a new technique for CPR. If some one is unconscious,with an aneurysm, how would one kw not to administer CPR?

Smith in Oregon   April 26th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Entirely possible Michael.

Nikki   April 26th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

This is in NOOO way racist. People just play that card when they have nothing else left. They know they're defeated, so they cry racism.

angela-omaha   April 26th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

Get well soon Bret, lay off the reality TV

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:18 pm ET

@ Smith I make my self laugh some times .

Constance   April 26th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

I watch Celebrity Apprentice and became a fan of Bret Michaels through this show. I never got into Poison, wasn't a big fan of Rock of Love, but could not deny how beautiful is to behold. I just never realized what a genuinely nice person he is, not to mention intelligent and humorous. He won me over, and I was routing for him to be the last one standing on Apprentice!
I am so deeply saddened by this tragedy, and my prayers are with him and his family. I have faith!

joyce zemel   April 26th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

I do not think this is a racist issue. It is a legal issue that the Federal Policing Agencies have let fall by the wayside. I feel that if we were bordered on the East or West Coast by Africa, there would no doubt be another 14 million or more illegals in this country with black skin. To my mind, it is only a matter of geography that the majority of illegals in this country are from south of our boarder.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

There will be no Michael Jackson fair wells .

Smith in Oregon   April 26th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Micheal, Laughter has liked helped heal far more diseases than any expensive Western MD has ever approached and it's cheap in comparison, go figure!

heidi   April 26th, 2010 9:22 pm ET

of course those of you that get "stopped" get stopped for no reason whatso ever, nope, nil, nada, i did nothing! riiiggghhhtttt.

i live in Phoenix and I applaud our Governor for signing this bill.

Is it “fascist” to ask someone for their ID a bar? At the video store? When you apply for a job? Of course not.

I hear obama calling for the Constitutionality of SB1070, funny, I was hoping he'd call for the same with the Health Care Bill.

If repealing AZ immigration law is protecting rights then why oppose repealing obamacare? All legal residents/citizens must show proof of INSURANCE.


RJ in Florida   April 26th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Our family's prayers are with Bret and his family. We pray that he will recover fully.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

This dude makes me ill .

Smith in Oregon   April 26th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

OH, NOW IT's mentioned Bret Micheals just had a emergency appendectomy days before this emergency. Why didn't Dr. Gupta state that? This sounds like a Medical Screwup directly caused by blood thinners dissolving the left over surgical blood clots from his previous surgery which increased the bleeding that was likely in a already greatly weakened series of blood vessels in his brain.

Larry King, the weakened blood vessels in Bret's brain might have resulted from a previous chronic use of legal or illegal drugs, however the acute blowout likely was brought on by BLOOD THINNERS given to him in post surgery from his appendectomy.

Independent investigators should look into Medical Malpractice which caused this.

Michael James   April 26th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Brain hemorrage.
I had the same thing as Brett, 3 years ago.
Subarachnoid aneurism, center of the brain. affecting the whole right side of the body,muscles and sensesWhy ? Smoking weakens the arteries and then in times of stress..BANG!
Everyone is different, some come back completely, other partially with all kinds of afteraffects.Some die.\
Coming back, for those who have not got too much damage.takes time and physiotheraphy and patience. But you can come back. I know .

BTW you can think everything is fine and then a few hours later you're feeling weird and then you can't move and start to go unconscious.
Hopefully the ambulance guys get there really fast.


Michelle   April 26th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

The biggest thing wrong with this law is that it's too vague.

Arizona has gotten itself into a huge mess. There's illegal immigrants from all European and Asian countries as well as Latin countries, and there's more legal immigrants and US Citizens that are of Mexican decent in Arizona than illegal immigrants. .

Only way they can get out of this mess is to ask EVERYONE to carry proof of being in this country legally, and enforce it. The person that is Mexican gets asked, the person who looks French, Irish, Polish, Canadian...

Michelle Brunotts   April 26th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Hi Larry,
The law is the law. Any illegal who comes to this country should be sent back to their country. The illegal immigrants are draining our economy. The United States is paying for their children's education, health insurance, hospital ER visits. People that our US citizens can't get the amount of charity that the illegals do. Our prison system is full of illegals. Many of the illegals rob, steal, and drug traffic to make a living. The illegals who try to work and provide for their families, I am sorry that you will also be sent back. I have a suggestion, if the illegals want to stay have them join the military, go to combat and after a minimum of four years of service they can fast track to US citizenship
My thanks and praise go out to Joe Arpiao for his great job of sending illegals back to their country. We need more Sherrif Joes in Washington and in every border state. Joe Arpiao is my hero.

Crystal Porphir   April 26th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

I, too, had a subarachnoid hemorrhage event in 2004. They never did figure out why I had it. But I survived, and my hopes and prayers are with you Bret. We just lost Peter Steele from Type O Negative, we can't lose you too!

Cajazz76:24:8   April 26th, 2010 9:33 pm ET


Correct...correct....and correct! On all your points!

Misty   April 26th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

The law in Arizona is not racist. I am tired of illegal immigrants playing the "racist" card whenever the United States begins enforcing its laws. This is also not a law against immigrants – my own father was an immigrant (he had to wait years to come here legally) – this is about cracking down on those who have chosen to break our laws (whether you are from Sweden, Japan, or from Mexico). I do not see a problem with this. I believe more of the United States should enforce our immigration laws.
We also should abolish the "anchor baby" law. If you are here illegally and have a child, why should your child be given automatic citizenship (basically rewarding you for breaking our laws)? Then this "anchor baby" uses our schools and resources and is used as a reason a person cannot be deported (you can't separate a parent/child). We, as a country, have lost all sensibility when it comes to the topic of illegal immigration. I stress the word illegal. I am very happy that we are a melting pot of immigrants (legal ones). It is those that have chosen to break our laws that I have an issue with (whether from mexico, sweden, canada, etc.. the country of origin is not the issue). I believe a lot of the US feels this way. It is not a problem with immigrants – it is a problem with ILLEGAL immigrants. There is a huge difference. English should be our national language (why are we spending our tax dollars to provide everything in Spanish as well as English???) and we should not allow illegal immigrants to influence our politicians. If you are here illegally your opinion does not matter one bit. Illegal immigrants hold countless jobs that legal citizens could hold (the arguement that the illegal immigrants do jobs that American citizens won't do no longer holds water – people are deperate for work and illegal immigrants are taking many more jobs in our country than just farm/migrant work). Step in any back kitchen of your local restaurant chain and you won't find many workers that can speak English. I would guarantee that most are illegal. Fine companies that hire illegals. Make it hard for them to find work. If they can't find work, they won't come.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

@ Smith I seen it before they bleeped it .

Adol Hitler Jr.   April 26th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Arizona, who is going to your work?? you will starve withou illegal humans, not aliens.

Sgt.Carrasco   April 26th, 2010 9:34 pm ET

I'm a disabled combat veteran
Iam a US citizen
Iam Iraqi veteran
I was in the Marine Corp
I shed tearsand blood for this country
I love my country
Iam a father and my wife is 4 months pregnant I have a wonderful 3 year old that was born here in Austin TX
My wife that is 4 months pregnant has to wait in Mexico for a year so she can get a visa to come back she left 2 weeks ago because her brother passed away and know she cant come back I have to pay so much money just for her to wait a year in Mexico that is not the safest but because of the immigration laws it dosent matter all that i went threw.
She has been here for 13 years she graduated high school and she is the best person I know but know I cant be with them for a year or more that's not fair I have served enough time that she should not have to wait this is so frustrating I just don't know what to think.

Jeanne Ross   April 26th, 2010 9:35 pm ET

As a 6 month resident of Florida (where illegals are numerous) and 6 months in Michigan, I STRONGLY support Arizona's new immigration law. Illegal immigrants have broken the U.S., law - the same as bank robbers, murders, drunk drivers, etc. Stop lawbreakers of all types.

Savannah Hollis   April 26th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I don't know what caused his brain bleed, but rather than oversimplifying, perhaps we should consider all of the possibilities? Who can blame the families when doctors stereotype? Drugs never entered the picture as a risk factor, and I didn't have headaches before. I just wish we didn't make it so easy to group symptoms in order to reach the easy diagnosis. I had to relearn to walk, talk, and see fewer than three things at a time. 1 in 100 people have AT LEAST one angioma. So you would hope it was a condition more well known.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

You go sherriff were behind you 100 % .

Smith in Oregon   April 26th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

A Democratic Arizona Congressman strongly condemns this new law, and is calling upon US Federal courts to throw it out. The rest of his language is very strong in utter contempt and condemning that legislation in his State of Arizona.

Cindy, Nurse Practitioner   April 26th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Larry I'm apalled that the hospital where our Brett is being treated has yet to find the source of the subarrachnoid bleed. There are very few areas in the human that can be accountable parietal, frontal, temporal, occipital/basilar. If those in AZ don't know send our homeboy from Butler,PA to Jeff or Temple in Philly. They'll figure it out before it's too late for our Brett.

Smith in Oregon   April 26th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

This Green Light to racist and bigoted Sheriff's is a big mistake which will lead to excess Police brutality crimes and multiple lawsuits against the State of Arizona.

Cindy, Nurse Practitioner   April 26th, 2010 9:39 pm ET

300,000 illegals in AZ is 1 too many. Let them enter our country legally and partake of the rights and dreams of we AMERICANS....

Chaney, La.   April 26th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

I cannot believe we are having this conversation about illegal immigration, close the borders immediately. and those who do not have proper immigration papers need to be sent people not understand the meaning of the word Illegal.....the Federal Gov. have all the laws they need to change this, but politicians lack the courage.....

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Its all Mutiny against the feds this racial profiling stuff dont work no more .

Judy   April 26th, 2010 9:40 pm ET

When there are at least 12 to 14 million illegal immigrants in this country, it stands to reason that such a number would have an impact on our economy. Such a number drains our healthcare, welfare, schools, criminal, judicial system and others. Besides, there are Americans born here, living here, without employment that could benefit from jobs that are otherwise offered to illegals, who are mostly paid in cash by employers, therefore avoiding paying taxes, both income and social security, yet they still reap the benefits of our healthcare and governmental resources.
It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out, but apparently the politicians in Washington turn a blind eye to these facts.
If you are in this country illegally I do not feel you are entitled to any rights. Those should only be bestowed on legal USA citizens.
I believe wholeheartedly in Arizona's new immigration law. WAY TO GO ARIZONA!

Savannah Hollis   April 26th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

So glad you both survived your dilemmas Michael J and Crystal P!

Cathy   April 26th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

@L. Reason,
Thank you for your comments. It is good to hear from someone who lives with this daily. And, yes, it is incredible what takes place and what is said in the name of votes. It may backfire.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Racial black mail with no profiling .

Al Swilling   April 26th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Larry, with so many Indigenous Americans–who look like they could be immigrants, legal or illegal–how will the immigration law affect them? Lots of the Dineh (Navajo) Grandmothers do not carry ID, do not drive, so have no license, and many of them do not speak English. It's racially biased to force Indigenous Americans to show their IDs and prove their citizenship at the whim of a local police officer.

Arizona's new immigration law will bring about exactly that kind of biased activity.

Police officers DO racially profile, especially around reservation border towns, where many of the police officers are racists.

The law is unconstitutional, and it is racist through and through!

iris   April 26th, 2010 9:42 pm ET

the governer of arizona makes me sick,how are you only going to target 'hispanics'? they are not the only immigrants in this country,something needs to be done about these racists politicians!

ckesling   April 26th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

get well bret..

robert p   April 26th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

we just cant get away from all the political games can we. its all common sense the law is the law, period. what im tired of is the gang like mentality we have in washington now. if dems say yes reps say no if reps say yes dems say no . its all about their gang and their persanal political career and which gang controls washington. its not whats best for the majority of America its whats best for the majority or biggest gang at the time in washington. i am one of the proudest Americans you will ever find but i am really getting disgusted by our politicians, all of them. they have become an embarrassment to the majority of the country.

Smith in Oregon   April 26th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Larry King and CNN Staff, please look into having Democratic Arizona Congressman, Raul Griialva on your show as this immigration law in Arizona unfolds in the near future.

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat who opposes the measure and has called on businesses and groups looking for convention and meeting locations to boycott Arizona.

Steven from Seattle   April 26th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Larry, I agree that immigration reform is needed, however, since our FEDEERAL government will not take the needed steps to to solve the issue of LEGALLY allowing anyone from any country to become a LEGAL citizen of this country it seems as though it is up to the states to solve this problem. The law is the law. American citizens who support this are not racist. We have more deaths along the Texas/ Mexico than deaths in war zones. Yes people have cival rights, but so do the LEGAL citizens of the USA. If your hear leagally then you should have rights, as to the ones who are here illegally then to be detained is within the law. It seems to me that the ones who place such an empesis on the "Racist" card and throw that term around with abundance may just be more "Racist" than those of us who simply want all who come to this country to obide by our laws.

Ralph   April 26th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

I live in Colorado and am100% for the new Arizona law the Governor and Sheriff Arpaio. Finally someone who will uphold the law. Al Sharpton should be arrested for insighting violence against the people of the United States.

Dodie   April 26th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

@ Michael James

What an experience of a lifetime. I am delighted you decided to express this on LKL. It certainly is "eye opening" Especially the symptoms leading up to being unconscious! Thank You!

LisaRose   April 26th, 2010 9:44 pm ET

I believe there needs to be an immigration bill which both allows people who have created a life here to be on track for citizenship while still facing the fact they are here illegally and need to face their crimes.

why have i not heard anyone on behalf of the illegal immigrants apologize for breaking the law?

Kath   April 26th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Our Sherriff is elected and the people of Maricopa County of AZ elected him. We must like him. Hitler he is not, law enforcer he is! Big differance . We need more Joe's in this country

Georgia Yeamans   April 26th, 2010 9:45 pm ET

What did the Sheriff mean by Al's President coming down to Arizonia to police them? Isn't President Obama his President also?

Carolyn   April 26th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

You go-Sherrif Joe. We need more people like you with backbone to stand up for Americans and our rights. More states need to adopt your laws.
Al Sharpton just likes to stir up trouble. Talk about racism, he needs to look in the mirror.

steven   April 26th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

in simple terms – if the police just pick someone off the street for no reason and ask for ID if they suspect them to be here illegally – isnt that profiling?

JP   April 26th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

So if you are here illegally you have a problem with this but if you are here legally you won't have a problem. Isn't this a good way to point out illegal aliens be they latino or from other areas of the world? From what I can tell there is a bigger problem when people judge immigration laws. The Reverand Sharpton and the government are basically saying if you break the law we will rewrite the law so you are no longer in violation. Everyone should go through the right channels to be here. Not just jump a fence or whatever and then cry foul when they are forced to go back.

Carrie   April 26th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Hello Larry,
I agree with Rev Al spanner the Sheriff looks he is ready to hang someone,
This Law is a very scary and I’m not Hispanic,

Smith in Oregon   April 26th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I hope President Obama is able to motivate the Democratic Party to push thru sweeping Federal Immigration reform during the months ahead. The Republican party of NO appears to be continuing to obstruct, block and delay any legislation which comes they way, go figure!

Cindy, Nurse Practitioner   April 26th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

To address the Reverand Sharpton (whom I love) equal address relates to those that are considered US citizens. Legal not otherwise.
No representation without proper immigration. If you entered illegally, deal with the law....

Susan   April 26th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I would think that this policy of requiring police to check immigrant status would increase crime in the community. People will be afraid to report crimes or to come forward as witnesses or provide information because they may be exposed as "illegal immigrants."

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

I bet Arizona has a balanced budget before next year .

Emma   April 26th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

A question for the Sheriff and for Al ~ what happens when an undocumented member of the HUMAN RACE requires help – medical or police related in AZ and are too scared to call 911 because they are afraid they may be asked where they were born ???

Michelle Brunotts   April 26th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Al Sharpton is missing a key point when he states that everyone has rights in the United States. Yes that's true if you are a citizen of the United States NOT illegal. Illegal means violating the laws of the country. We as US citizens have no rights when we are in other countries such as Canada, Italy, Thailand etc. So Al get it straight only citizens have rights not illegals.

Richard Betancourt   April 26th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

I support Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the State of Arizona's desicion to help stop illegal immigration. Racist? Who's sneaking in from Mexico in that area, the Chinese? They're were being smuggled in from other areas, so the term racist is rubbish! Furthermore the US Govermen t should be upholding the LAW, but they're afraid to do it for fear of backlash from the Hispanic Caucus, who's the same caucus for years fighting any movement to make English the official language of the United States. As for Rev. Sharpton, I've never HEARD of him sticking up for whites, isn't that racist?

ckesling   April 26th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

laws are laws. if they want to live here, go through the channels to become legal and above all learn english,before you get in the welfare line !!!

C   April 26th, 2010 9:49 pm ET

This is a must see interview w/ the sheriff. Wow are we living in 2010???

Come down hear medling in our business reminds me of statements from the 50s & 60s. Like Rev. Sharpton says, it's about the constitution not the sheriff.

Russell   April 26th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

No, the law is not a racist law. The illegal aliens are from Mexico, of course they're going to be of Latino decent. This is not rocket science. If we happened to border China they would be of Chinese decent. Illegal is Illegal it is as simple as that.

They are fortunate in the fact that the USA is not like some countries around the world that would simply shoot them for crossing the border illegally and all we do is arrest them... feed them.. and ship them back so they can try it again and again and again and..

Well you get the point I think.

bhaire   April 26th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Rev Sharpton just stuck his foot in his mouth. He said blacks and latinos are protected equally in the US... Well DUH Sharpton...IF they are LEGAL citizens of the United States!!!!!! If they are not they should have NO rights, but sent back where they came from and well yeah DUH Sharpton...the only way to find the illegals is sadly pull in the ones that look like they are from the bordering country!!! It's not Arizona's fault! It's the US Governments fault for not making more strict security measures for the borders!!! Sharpton quit throwing the stinking race card, it's really getting old. The only one that's causing problems is you throwing out the poor me racist racist racist card. Get the chip off your shoulder!

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Al the sheriff has more fans then you .

LisaRose   April 26th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Al!!! treats US citizens equally?? Citizens yes, people sneaking in and breaking the law? our law enforcement has a responsibility to uphold the law, when do people breaking the law get the protection of not being prosecuted!!

Carrie   April 26th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

@Smith in Oregon
I have allot of confidence in our President he will get it dune,

rosa melcacho   April 26th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

is the same thing as pulling people that look middle eastern to the side in airports to make sure they are not carrying any type of explosives.

Frank   April 26th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Anderson said he couldn't travel to Haiti because he was sick and would not be able to travel awhile.

I guess Ben talked him into a vacation to France to visit his family?

Clifton Goodenough   April 26th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

The police should be able to stop people in Arizona in direct proportion to the number and profile of people commiting the crime. If 95% of the people are Hispanic, then 95% of the people stopped should be Hispanic.The police should be able to check suspects when reported that a man with red shirt ,black pants and 5 foot 7 just knocked over an old lady over and took her bag. You woud not waste time or resources on a Hispanic woman in a purple dress.

Michele Green   April 26th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

People are just trying to survive – live and let live –
Arizona is racist, as like many Republican States are!

Christopher   April 26th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

The law is the law. Any illegal who comes to this country should be sent back to their country. The illegal immigrants are draining our economy. The United States is paying for their children's education, health insurance, hospital ER visits. People that our US citizens can't get the amount of charity that the illegals do. Our prison system is full of illegals. Many of the illegals rob, steal, and drug traffic to make a living. The illegals who try to work and provide for their families, I am sorry that you will also be sent back. I have a suggestion, if the illegals want to stay have them join the military, go to combat and after a minimum of four years of service they can fast track to US citizenship
My thanks and praise go out to Joe Arpiao for his great job of sending illegals back to their country. We need more Sherrif Joes in Washington and in every border state. Joe Arpiao is my hero.

Deport all who should not be here, every state should uphold this law, It is time to take America Back, you boys in DC the change is coming.

AL look out the box illegals have no rights, that is the problems with you . Deport All.

E Mason   April 26th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Excuse me Mr. Al Sharpton but they are illegal immigrants they do NOT have constitutional rights.

Alice Cornejo   April 26th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Who made Al Sharpton the spokesperson for the Latino immigrant?

Debbie in Phoenix   April 26th, 2010 9:53 pm ET

I moved to Arizona from New Jersey three years ago. This place is palpably racist and very uncomfortable for me. I recognize that there is a terrible problem with illegal residents here, but my guess it that most of the people complaining actually hire them to clean their houses and trim their shrubs. I've been listening to Sheriff Joe, and all he's done is attack Al Sharpton personally. He hasn't made one substantitive comment or defended the constitutionality of the new law. The problem with the law is the potential for harrassment of American born citizens, naturalized citizens and legal immigrants. If you stop someone for a broken tail light, how do you, based on that, entertain suspicion that the driver is illegal?
After decades of Presidents looking the other way as hotels, restaurants and large meat packers hired illegals, we are now down to stopping and profiling. This law is clearly unconstitutional. That' should be the end of this discussion, but most Americans don't even understand that. That's the scary part.

Vickie Carter   April 26th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Someone has to take the first step at getting illegal immigrants out of this country. The are law breakers and they should be punished, period. There is no way we could go to Mexico and live illegally. Has anyone read Mexican immigration laws? The only real way to change the problem with illegal immigration is to change the 14th Amendment. I pray that the Arizona law stands as written. I hope that California and Texas follow suit.

Dodie   April 26th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

@Mike Rose

You stated: "Illegal immigration cost billions in "free" government programs paid for by tax payers"

You are correct. Illegals can obtain Medicaid for medical needs; whereas, Americans cannot! There is a real problem with the law and how it is written.

Tom   April 26th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

It is amazing that Larry just sits there and allows "Al" to quote the Constitution or any Ammendment to it about "treating its citizens fairly"... The Constitution is for US Citizens... they don't applt to Illegals...Period!

The ACLU should spwend their time on American civil liberties, not those who don't care for our laws or for that matter our country. If they cared they would come to this countyr legally, cause they respect it enough to do so.

If I am asked questions reguarding my citizenship I would be more than glad and proud to state so.

Angelica   April 26th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Thank you to Reverend Al Sharpton for standing up for Mexican Americans against racial profiling.

No matter how much education I have (including my graduate degrees), no matter how much money I make, regardless of how well I speak..............There will always be ignorant people like Sheriff Joe who will judge me based on my appearance and skin color.

J Demus   April 26th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Question. What is the qualifier that you do not ask fof proof that you are citezen?

Smith in Oregon   April 26th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Good night Larry King and happy 25th. anniversary to you and the CNN staff, and to my fellow bloggers.

Diane   April 26th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Stay strong Arizona!! You're 100% on target with this law!

skipper townes   April 26th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Thank God for Jan Brewer and the state of Arizona.
Why would you have a problem with being stopped if you're a legal citizen? This is not a constitutional issue because these are illegal citizens. Why is Al Sharpton trying to make this and every other issue he speaks about a racial issue? And why does he keep bringing up the Constitution? These people have no rights! Go through the system and become a citizen if that is what you choose. Anything less and you should not be allowed to live in this great country.

Lynn Taylor   April 26th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

If they are in this country illegally.............they broke the law.........CASE have no rights since you committed a crime ............ the crime is crossing the border.........ILLEGALLY........we do not want you, so who cares about your rights.........

Christopher   April 26th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

We have the same problem is Florida and the change is on the way, Oboma start doing your job and deport who should not be in the US,

Betty   April 26th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

My beautiful half mexican half white grandsons dont carry id are you gonna take them in? They are born in USA. But they look totally mexican. They are soo cute!!

mavime   April 26th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Everyone stand up and salute our commander and chief...and we should deport those that refuse... You have the audacity to call yourself hypocrites, liars, and racist

Matt in NY   April 26th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

What is so hard to understand? You have be a legal citizen. Our parks, schools, police, fire, ALL depends on people being here as legal, productive, tax paying citizens. Illegals are bankrupting this country. We all love god's children. If you want to live in the have to do it legally.

nick mcpeeters   April 26th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

rev. al s is trying to make the immigration law racist. but honestly how many times do u here about whites or blacks trying to jump the fences or swim over just hispanics. Wow , wounder why we just check the hispanics?

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Congrads Larry

JQR   April 26th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

The law is the law...Arizona is doing what the Feds refuse to do!

I am a legal Hispanic citizen and don't agree with illegal is not fair that I am paying taxes for people who are breaking the law by being here illegally.

Think of the billions of our tax dollars that go to paying medical bills for illegal aliens to have their babies here in the U.S. and the money spent on educating illegal aliens! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Carolyn R.   April 26th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

You go Sheriff Joe!! We need more people like you that have backbones to stand up for the rights of Americans. Each state needs to adopt your laws-we would be better off.
Sorry ,Rev. Sharpton but you are racist. Take a good look in the miror.

robert p   April 26th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

smith in oregon you should concentrate on problems in your own state because you have no idea whats its like living this close to the border with this many illegals with the crime rate that we are having and being afraid to go out after dark because of the crime which has sky rocketed as the number of illegals has increased. it gotten scary

Theresa   April 26th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

I hope the Immigration Law passes quickly.....the people who are so against this law are advocating lawlessness. I have to llaugh because they are so against the Tea Party but when they talk about not obeying this law they sound as foolish as the people they dislike so much. If they are so pro not to adhere to these laws then how can you say you love this country when you only want to obey the laws you agree with. Why aren't you holding countries such as Mexico responsible for not taking care of their own..there definitely wrong with this picture.

Blue eyes   April 26th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

If you have nothing to hide, what is the problem. It is the illegals who oppose this new law. We all have to carry our driver's license with us and prove to the law enforcement that we can legally drive a car, what are legal address is, and that we are legal because we have a valid driver's license. What is the problem AL???
Stop inciting riots!! Keep the peace...

AAn Lee   April 26th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

If Bible said we should enforce the law, no one left in this earth, because all people should die according to the law. So, humanity is beyond enforcing the law. Only Satan do accuse according to law. Those who think enforcing the law is Biblical, then they got satan spirit as Satan tempted Jesus with everything "according to the law", and as accuser at the end.

Jean   April 26th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Arizona's immigration law spews of discrimination. Stopping someone on the street and interrogating them on the validity of their immigrant resident status should be illegal. How does one determine if people are legal or illegal just by looking at their faces? It appears to me that everyone in Arizona is subject to this scrutiny.
I reside in a Canadian city. As I go about my daily business and pass people by, my eyes do fall on them. I am yet to observe if people are residing here legally or not and if they look suspicious of their resident status.
Arizona law authority is outrightly seeking people out to question them. The Federal government should not have allowed them this privileged authority. I do think that they are exceeding their authority.
The color of my skin is light brown, being of a mixed race, white and black (I like to say so-called). Residing in another country, if I were a visitor to Arizona I wonder what would happen to me. Would the Arizona law enforcement think that I am an illegal immigrant because I do not possess an American passport or landed immigrant papers?
There is a law and the government should exercise that law fairly and justly. As it stands, it is one which is discriminating. They go back home because of this discriminating law.
I recall a book I read which is entitled: "Black Like Me." In that book it was quoted and which I memorized and love to quote specifically when the circumstances call fo rit: "It is by justice we can authenticate man's value of his nullity. The absence of justice is the absence of man. He who is less than just is less than man."
If I had intentions of visiting Arizona I would not do so. Someone whom I know has relatives residing in Arizona. This person visited there last year. I hope the person is listening. I will inform the person not to visit Arizona. It may be that the person has already decided not to visit there.

bhaire   April 26th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Jen....yes it singles out people of certain ethnicity..where do you think most of them are coming from? REALLY??? What other option is there? IT's simple...if they're asked to present a card...then present a card! If it makes you happy then maybe they'll pull over a few white folks at the same time and ask to see ID. I AM an American citizen, I was born here, if I get pulled over for whatever reason and I don't show an ID I would get a TON of questions and a fine for not having it! Really Jenn..think about what country borders Arizona and ask how you get around singling people out who are legal and who are not? Oh maybe it will hit you when your job is outsourced to someone who will do it at a lower wage???

Kath   April 26th, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Now that AZ has a republican Governor the budget will be balanced, our borders will be taken care of

mgillespie   April 26th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

I'm enraged at al sharpton and his spin on this immigration law of's about time the states do something about this total disregard of our laws.THEY ARE ILLEGAL,THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS

michele   April 26th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Larry .... Its unfortunate that a law like the immigration law has been passed; however, it is necessary to get control over the illegals that cross our border ... they dont pay taxes, they use fake ID's, false SSNs, and even get state assistance from us by using these fake ID's and false SSNs ... AND AL Sharpton says its not constiutional – if you are illegal our constitution does not apply to them; or if they want to come to Arizona .. then do it the legal way .... I am a former police officer for Phoenix and we dont just pull people over because of their race ... but when they present to us a FAKE ID even from Mexico or a fake one they paid for for Arizona, they will be arrested and ICE will take it over from there. NONE of this would be taken place if the illegals would take advantage of what we offer to them to come forward and apply to be in Arizona the legal way. ALSO, illegals crossing over with a "coyote" are held captive and are demanding more money from their family members already here in Arizona ... it has become an epidemic because the illegals dont want police to get involved and the crime rate has increased due to this. I also want to comment that a lot of Phoenix Police Officers are not compassionate and treat the illegals very poorly. True, they are human beings, and true they should be treated like one ... but THEY as human beings need to do things the legal way ....

I also think we should just take over Mexico and have Mexico become a part of the United States ... Mexicans are the hardest working people I have ever known and only want a better way of life. Who wouldnt if you lived in a country like Mexico taken over by the drug cartel .... I think Al Sharpton needs to go to Mexico and peep his horn down there for equality and human rights!

jake ferguson   April 26th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

why,what is happening to the people of this country. This is begInning to look like post war germany. Why don't you just round-up all the "brown skin" people and put them in concentration camps. Maybe 75% of old white floks agree wuth Arizona's unjust law ; but most certaintly not 75% of Americans. Please people lets not turn this country into a" NAZI STATE"

will   April 26th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Migrant farm workers are being arrested for doing back breaking labor for usually about $100.00 per day. Meanwhile, absentee landlords in big agriculture business make a fortune off their labor. How about a law that fines the rich business owners rather than their poor workers. Illegal labor is very profitable for the agriculture business. Only if we take away the huge profits investors are making off illegal labor will the problem of illegal immigration begin to improve.

Katherine Giddens   April 26th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Why does Al Sharpton have to poke his nose in everybody else's business? He needs to stay out of it!!!!!
I,too,am a fan of Sherriff Arpiao. I live in Georgia,and wish that the jails here would do what he's been doing. I think the whole country needs to adopt his philosophy.

dianne greene   April 26th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

FINALLY !!! Being born in and an American Citizen of 60 years I had to change my name on my Social Security Card after moving from North Carolina to South Carolina and I know all of this had to do with the legitimacy created by immigration which is OK – Having said this I have to prove that I am a legal American Citizen – What makes anyone else different ??? This is not only an Arizona issue but the United States of America !!!

Andrea   April 26th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

i agree with what al sharpion has to say.No matter what race you are,we shuld be teated the same.And not all mexicans are illegal,I am a legal mexican n this world.That guy has no idea what hes talking about.Stupid people like him are the reason my family suffers.Really i hope he is hated because he has no idea or respect for how we are living.All respect to Rev.Al Sharpton

danny   April 26th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

I agree with Al Sharpton, this law is a step backwards, there was a time in which african americans had to show proof of freedom, this is no different. I do agree that their is a problems at the borders. but this is not the way to do it. And as for the sheriff comment about Al Sharpton president, he is everyone's president. even if you voted for him or not.

Sara   April 26th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

GOD BLESS YOU ARIZONA! Way to Go!! I can't even imagine what your state is going through with ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, CRIME, & DRUGS. What so many people forget is that ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS are ILLEGAL!!!!!!!!!!! We now pay for their food, medical and their kids. WHen does it stop?? Where is the fence? By the way... I have a Canadian friend who is here on a VISA that he pays for and renews. Why is it a double stand for MEXICANS?? AMERICANS ARE WITH YOU ARIZONA!

Sylvia   April 26th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

Thanks Larry King for getting someone that is not hispanic (Rev. Al Sharpton) to speak about this immigration law here in AZ. I for one am a Mexican American born in the state of California, but relocated here to AZ 7 years ago. I think Sheriff Joe Arpaio is racist and prejudice and he has been enforcing this law way before they bill was signed last week. He needs to remember that he is the Sheriff of Maricopa County and he is NOT in charge of the whole state of AZ. He is NOT the Border Patrol, yet he is inforcing the raids on drop houses and after the illegal immigrants are rounded up, he then calls INS to pick up those that are arrested. I agree that we all have to be here in this country the right way, but why should those of us who are US Citizens and were born here in the United States, have to prove we are US Citizens if we get pulled over because we are hispanic and look hispanic......

JusticeNAmerica   April 26th, 2010 10:04 pm ET

Larry why haven't you allowed a hispanic on your show to defend this issue? How can you have racist Sheriff Arpaio on but no hispanic to defend this issue? It doesn't make sense. Would you put a hispanic or a white person if it was a black issue? Well hell no you would'nt, and WHY NOT...because you know the backlash you would recieve. Now be fair and bring on a hispanic to defend this issue. I am sick of republicans standing in the way of reform. They will LOSE the few hispanic votes they needed, and I am one of those votes along with all my family, friends, and neighbors. They realize now that it's not the democrats that are holding up this issue, it's the republicans like Lindsey Graham, John McCain, etc. I am now a PROUD LATINO DEMOCRAT. So stop asking if this will hurt their vote...

Michael Armstrong Sr.   April 26th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

What we need is for Al Sharpton to stop causing racial uproars .

Runfayalife   April 26th, 2010 10:05 pm ET

I would like you to invite Mr. Sharpton to get his over protesting self about Everything out here to live on the Texas/Mexico border's specifically El Paso/Juarez and or
any town between there and Laredo,Texas where the
Mexican drug wars are raging over domination of the
highways so they can transfer their drugs into our country.
As you are probably aware they are killing everyone that
opposes them on BOTH sides.
Let Mr. Sharpton live around these for a while and THEN
and only THEN he can really comment with some KNOWLEDGE about what is really going on in the USA.
Perhaps he can persuade the Zapata's to come to Jesus....
[whom already have killer sleeper cells ALL over the Untied States]
if they don't shoot him first. *eye*roll*

I have never really been a fan of the Arizonia sheriff but I AM now!

heidi   April 26th, 2010 10:06 pm ET


you people calling out profiling and racism sound like a bunch of idiots that are brainwashed by the main stream media! You are proving that you do not do your research! READ THE FRIGGIN THING!

Patti D   April 26th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

I have this to say about the iilegal immigation. If we went to any other country- we need a passport. We are required, if we live in another country, to learn their language, if we want to really survive in that country. Why should it be any different here? I feel that people from another country should have a passport to come here and visit- and if they want to stay and become and American, then do it the right way and learn what our forefathers did to fight for this country. Learn the history of America, be proud of becoming an American, raise a family as American as raise them proud too...not just sneaking over the border and having to look over your shoulder your whole life. THEN and only then should they immigrants be entitled to what we have, what we have fought for and we have all earned- our rights as Americans!
If they need to be rounded up because it's gotten out of control, then we have to do what has to be done in order not to fall into complete chaos.

cpl.   April 26th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

If the Sheriff would tell the truth he knows that the law is all about Racial Profiling. And the only reason this law was signed by the Govener was because it's election time again. It's a shame that a person of political power would use people of any specific color to try to get elected again...

PFR   April 26th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

This law has not been thought out properly. Citizens and Non-Citizens are now required to provide identification/documents in the state of Arizona. Looks and sounds like Germany during the rise of Hitler. As a US citizen, I will not be visiting Arizona as I treasure my freedom currently available in the other 49 states.

legal one   April 26th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

crazy law... legal immigrant and illegal are not same pepole so should not be one law for both.

No respect for legal immigrants, i guess one more reason for skilled immigrants to say bye to America.

carie   April 26th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

Did you all see MIA's new video to her son Born Free? Really makes one think.

Nathan   April 26th, 2010 10:08 pm ET

I support you Sherrif Joe, lock up and deport the illegals, AL Sharpton needs to reread the constititution. The U.S. Constitution only applies to U.S Citizens.

carie   April 26th, 2010 10:09 pm ET

'song...sorry for typo

Judy   April 26th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

Until you have walked in an Arizonian's shoes, you should not criticize what steps they have to take to protect their state and citizens. Arizona is a border state with 100's of 1000's of illegals coming across the border everyday. It stands to reason that some may think that the new law is a form of racial profiling, but if coming across the border is against our federal laws and those coming across the border are 99.9% latinos, do the math. Pretty obvious. DAH!!

carie   April 26th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

I don't believe illegal immigration has anything to do with has to do with the law.

Carol Kentucky   April 26th, 2010 10:10 pm ET

The Reverend Al was wrong when he called illegals citizens. Reverend Al will take big donations for his organization and get richer,Sheriff Joe will keep on doing his job for the same pay and be insulted and slandered..What part of illegal do these idiot not understand...Why isn't Reverend Al fighting for the African Americans who have lost jobs to illegals,,,I can not forget the broadcast on CNN after Katrina where young black men who had lost thier jobs because the hurrican has wiped out the businesses..They were doing FEMA work covering roofs in Mississippi at $10.00an hour, They were happy for the work to support thier day a subcontractor showed up with the Mexicans and the young black men lost the roofing work to cheap labor,,,Who are the citizens who needs to be protected by Reverend Al...I would like see who is funding his freedom ride to Arizona...I was in the civil right movement for blacks and women...As far as I know none of us were in this country illegally. We do not need immigration reform we need to enforce the laws we have....Stop welfare unless the head of household is a citizen...give green card to those who want to work and the employers are willing to pay a living wage and provide medical insurance...I have a hunch a lot of California financial problems are caused by supporting illegals

Tony   April 26th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

I was absolutely impressed with Ala Sharpton. It seems to me, he nailed the heart of the problem: Arizona's immigration problem cannot trump the Constitution. If we allow this Arizona law to stand unchallenged, who knows where and who it ends with. I appreciate Arizona's situation in relation to immigration, but we have a process and a Constitution to solve our problems. Remember, all these people are chasing the same dream our own forefathers pursued generations ago. Are they so different from us or have all got above our raising?.... ("Above your raising" means you think you are better than where you came from and how you were raised.)

Cynthia Hernandez   April 26th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

It angers me that individuals like Sherrif Arpaio hold such a position to intimidate any Hispanic individual to the point of having prove their right to be in the country. He would feel different if we passed a law that any fair haired, light complected individual could and would be stopped just because of the color of their skin and asked for identification, why they could possibly be an illegal immigrant from Russia or Poland. Asains from a Communist country, Indians mistaken as terrorist, the list goes on. People like him have no idea what we Hispanics are feeling because they assume being white means being American. I deserve to be drilled about my citizenship because I am Hispanic, I am a 50 year old Mexican American, and belong in this country just as much as the ignorant individuals who think this is the solution to the problem. I agree, those that don't have papers, don't belong. But, what gives them the right to behave like a racist and sign the stupid law?: What's next, segregation, seperate bathrooms, what do they want, to set us back in time????

Kath   April 26th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

People you are taking this to the extreme when you are talking about children! Do you not remember all of our fallen officers in AZ killed by illegals, the drugs in our schools that are sold to our children, supplied by illegals. The hit and runs by drunken illegals.
Since some people will not longer be traveling to Arizona, how about a trip to the Alamo

joyce b   April 26th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

hi mr. king, i was watching your show tonight 4/26, and i have a question; the sheriff on your show talked about arresting the ilegal immigrants; that are working here; What about the COMPANIES THAT HIRE THEM; THEY SHOULD HAVE CONSEQUENCES ALSO. it is not right !!!!!


carie   April 26th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

My aunt lives near Hazleton, PA and they have been struggling with illegal immigration. Mayor Lou Barletta wants people to go through the proper channels to be in this country legally. It is the law...
Crime is up, drugs are rampant...there are many issues that are brought on by those who cannot find legal ways to support themselves and their families because they are illegals.

Elizabeth James   April 26th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

I support Immigration Reform, I think issue will continue if President Obama doesn't ignore it like Republicans have managed to do for many years now. I am so disgusted by the racist remarks on this blog, especially from the white have no shame. America is a country of immigrants from many parts of the world, why are mexican americans so despised? The one's you should direct your anger to is the muslims that blew up the twin towers, not hispanics you fools. I'm sure you won't say anything negative against the illegal aliens from the middle east, are you afraid they will come after you and murder your famly? More than likely! Now get a life and shut up about these hard working folks.

SANDRA EVANS   April 26th, 2010 10:16 pm ET


Betty   April 26th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Larry are they gonna start harrassing my grandsons now? They dont carry id and look soo very mexican. They are USA tho. I am with AL on this one for sure. That sheriff is kinda mean and would not want him laying a hand on my grandsons! He is already mad at them i can tell!! Like he got a plan.I hope that sheriff get fired!

JD Brady   April 26th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

I am a resident of Maricopa County and have been for 15 years. During those 15 years I have had a couple of moving violations/speeding tickets....and when pulled over, I have never been asked where I was born. So the "good sheriff" of Maricopa County is not telling the truth when he says everyone that is pulled over is asked this question.....because I never was.....and I am not of hispanic orgin, so that would explain why. I feel sorry for the hispanic people of Arizona....they will no doubt be treated unfairly.

mueller,alan   April 26th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

From LI,NY family of 6 working ten hours a day, its rough. Every body is entitled to have a better life but after I work ten hours and go to the store and find a family getting free food with a WIC check which the dont understand cause at the register all items are wrong and the do not speak nor understand english (new to the USA) something is very wrong.My father came from Germany with his family , they came to work and be helpfull not a handfull, its just to easy to enter our great country and live for free. Millions of tax money is lost to greedy business owners that hire anyone who is illegal . Arizona is doing the right thing, Before that great state is no more lets fix the problem.New York should follow that lead and start asking for citizenship papers.(just look 4 out of state plates) on motor vehicles. Thanks for reading. A,Mueller

Saundra   April 26th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

Nowhere else in the world can people enter a country without legal authority.Other borders are guarded, and people are asked for their documentation. We don't consider that to be contrary to human rights.

Racial profiling, pshaw! If someone can't produce identification or legal immigration authority and can't speak English, I'd say there's reasonable suspicion.

Leslie   April 26th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

concerning the illegal immigration controversy in Arizona i.e. while watching tonight's Larry King Live show, I heard the Reverend Al Sharpton state (something to effect) that it is an elemental right for this nation to treat all CITIZENS equally regardless of race. So there you have it....the key word here is CITIZENS and brother Al uttered it. Yet not all those crossing the Arizona border are U.S. citizens and are classified as illegal immigrants. On another point, would Pacific Islanders, Italians, or Africans, for example, likely be crossing that border in mass numbers then setting up residence in Arizona? No. But Latinos likely would based on history lately. So if there are a lot of non U.S. citizen Latinos in nearby Arizona then I would think it would be prudent for the Sherriff of that county to legally pull over any suspected non U.S. citizen (illegal immigrant) Latinos and check their citizenship papers and that is not racial profiling. Please review the tape of the show and hear what Brother Al should close the book on this controversy.

Donald Williams   April 26th, 2010 10:18 pm ET

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Larry why haven't you allowed a hispanic on your show to defend this issue? How can you have racist Sheriff Arpaio on but no hispanic to defend this issue? It doesn't make sense. Would you put a hispanic or a white person if it was a black issue? Well hell no you would'nt, and WHY NOT...because you know the backlash you would recieve. Now be fair and bring on a hispanic to defend this issue. I am sick of republicans standing in the way of reform. They will LOSE the few hispanic votes they needed, and I am one of those votes along with all my family, friends, and neighbors. They realize now that it's not the democrats that are holding up this issue, it's the republicans like Lindsey Graham, John McCain, etc. I am now a PROUD LATINO DEMOCRAT. So stop asking if this will hurt their vote...

anna tollefson   April 26th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

I completely agree with Arizona's new immigration law. It makes perfect since to start cracking down on illegal immigrants in the united states. It is absolutely not racial profiling. The law should have every right to ask you if you are a legal citizen. If you dont want to be asked then go back to the country you come from. The problem with the united states today is that they allow illegal immigrants to come into to the country illegally have a child here and then instead of being brought up on charges for coming over and living here illegally they are actually given a birth certificate and social security card for the child and then they are allowed to apply for and receive housing assistance, food stamps, medical, wic, day care and cash assistance. No other country would ever allow that. Just look at the hikers that are in prison right now because they accidently crossed over into a foreign country while hiking! My hat is off to Arizona! Finally someone in office who isnt afraid to stand up for our rights instead of affending us in order to not affend foreigners!! If you dont like the laws here that's to bad. Life isn't fair! Try going into any other country but the united states and see just how many rights you have! People need to get over using there ethnic background as a reason to scream discrimination! They are the ones that continue to bring it up so they need to stop the pity party! It's absolutely ridiculous. No one cares what color a person is! It's how you conduct your self that matters! Dont do wrong to begin with and you wont have to use racial discrimination in your defense! It's time people start taking responsibiltiy for their own actions!!

Jim Hines   April 26th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Thank the lord we have women in this country with the backbone to stand up for freedom of this country. I'm for a woman president. They put the men to shame. with the exception of the sheriff in Arizona. Immigration laws should be enforced and thanks to the Gov. of Arizona she can get other states to follow??

Dodie   April 26th, 2010 10:21 pm ET

I hope someday Hedge funds will be illegal along with lobbyists! I am so tired of large greedy corporations like Goldman Sacks continuing to gamble with billions of dollars creating adverse affects on the American public.

Janine Haynes   April 26th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

This is regarding the Larry King Show about illegals in Arizona. When it comes to our rights there are several instances of our rights being taken away. For example when everyone is stopped at a sobriety check in our state of Missouri, we are all pulled over, it doesn't matter what color we are, our the color of our car or the color of our eyes, get it, we are trying to protect our citizens from the criminals. Yes, the illegals are breaking the law. The sheriff has a right to have to sobriety check in his state and check to see if the illegals have a drivers license just like everyone in the state of Missouri. Lets quit making excuses for protecting the laws of our country.

robert p   April 26th, 2010 10:22 pm ET

al your a racist , ive never seen you stand or march for anyone other than a minority group and ive got to tell you our problem now days is there is to much political correctness, sometimes you just have to grab the bull by the horns and tell it like it is and stop worrying your going to hurt someonrs feelings
. i could live with hurting some peoples feelings if it meant getting criminals off our streets and maybe saving some innocent lives.this is just plain stupid that your more concerned about feelings than american lives
just stupid

Luis Teixeira   April 26th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

30% of the population of Arizona is Hispanic, from census of 2009, so when the gobernor of Arizona say that 70% of the population support the law...we know of who they are talking.....and after they say that they are not Racist....

Mary Rey   April 26th, 2010 10:23 pm ET

TO ALL OF YOU BIGOTS: This land used to belong to the indians, and WHO took it away (by force) from them? The white immigrannts from all over the world, and what kind of last name is ARPAIO? Please, give a break! if AZ law wants to arrest anyone, LET"S START WITH ARPAIO, let's question him: Where is he from, what's his nationality, where did his parents came from, did they come here legally????

Saundra   April 26th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

To Betty:
Why DON'T your grandsons carry identification? Everybody else does! My 14 year old daughter has an Arizona identification card. Easy to get with a birth certificate and/or social security card that proves you're a legal citizen.

Teresa   April 26th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Come on Larry I don't care if you are white black brown yellow or red
if you are here and are not a US citizen then quess what - you have no rights......period. Send them back !

robert p   April 26th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

the only people really opposing it are the ones who would get sent back , if your legal show your papers and be on your way . no big deal now if you or your family have something to hide i understand you being against it

Cajazz76:24:8   April 26th, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Governor Jan Kay Drinkwine-Brewer (her full name)R., AZ ,needs to sober up and allow, if her Republican cronies can put partisan politics aside, and push the for INS, a Federal agency responsible for immigration, to be the command and control entity to apprehend EWI's (entered without inspection) illegal aliens as the law allows.

The only resolve is for sweeping reform in the immigration laws and that requires non-partisan legislation.

To enact a law outside federal jurisdiction has only opened a can of worms that will just further divide the entire country. A strict, yet fair, system to grant citizenship/residency to immigrants is the only to reunite and protect illegal entry into the U.S.A.

It is true, by data gathered over three decades, that a major crime epidemic amongst EWI's has existed and the majority of that crime by non-citizens was committed by EWI's.

As a nation, built on immigration, the laws governing entry should never be ignored, but citizenship should not be denied if the system was deemed fair, equitable, followed, and it is not. Granted, the state Arizona has a problem on its southern borders as do all states bordering Mexico, but our northern borders has the problem also.

It's not just a Republican or Democrat or Independent Party problem, it's a national problem making it a Federal Government responsibility.

robert p   April 26th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

yea there are a lot of canadians trying to jump our border. lol

Carmella   April 26th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

The bottom line is people were scared and they just did not want to get involved. I think the show is reading alot more into this behavior that what actually exist

Kath   April 26th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

@Al Swilling
My understandinf is the Native Americans are protected
There is a law in place known has EMTALA that provides for medical treatment regardless. The hospitals in Arizona are very much aware of it and follow it.
This law has nothing to do with race, I don't care what color you are, you can be purple for all I care. But when you come to this country you should be here legally. I know people want to come here for a better life, I have no problem with that. If it's done legally.
What I can't believe is that our country is being torn apart of things like this.
To the Marine that fought for our great country, Sir Im truly sorry that your family has to pay even more for the actions of others. My prayers are with you

Dodie   April 26th, 2010 10:37 pm ET

2009 Arizona Rancher was sued by 16 illegal immigrants, who accuse him of conspiring to violate their civil rights when he stopped them at gunpoint on his ranch. The Rancher was trying to protect his property.

An Arizona Rancher was also brutally murdered in May, 2010 by an illegal immigrant.

I suspect these two issues hold some weight for the activation of the new law in Arizona

Carmella   April 26th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

I like Brett, he seems like a real good guy from what I could see from his appearance on the Apprentice. I hope he gets well soon. I sure will miss him on the show.

D from AZ   April 26th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

If you come to the US the LEGAL way and not be a burden to society, just like my great grandparents had to, then fine, come. But when you break a FEDERAL law to get here then you should go home.

If you don't live in AZ then you don't know what you are talking about! I have lived in SE AZ for years and have watched as the crime from border jumpers has grown. My new nieghbors didn't believe me either, now they have a 6' fence and lights. We don't even go in the yard after dark without turning on all the flood lights. The ranchers have to deal with them cutting fences burning buildings and killing livestock. Not just killing an animal. Cutting a leg off and leaving it to die.

The jumpers walk thru our area asking for hand outs and if you don't give them anything they throw rocks at you. I've had them come to the front door asking to buy my car. I told them no. They camped out for a few days in the empty lot across from my house. I'm not talking about groups of one or two. Large groups of ten or more. And why doesn't law enforcement respond when we call for help?? They've been told they can't do anything unless it's a high profile case. Now that makes me feel safer. I can't do anything to protect myself because they have more rights in the US as a criminal than I do as a US born citizen.

You say they only want to work and make a better life?! BULL!! They break into homes, steal kids from bus stops, steal cars, start fires, and leave trash through our entire state. They have buses from Mexico that drive across the border every morn so that thier kids can go to our schools that we pay for. They drive in and get unemployment checks, with no end date, even though they never paid taxes and they don't live in AZ. I can only get UI if I work in AZ for one year and then for a set amount of time and I have to prove that I live in AZ and am legal. They drive across the border for free medical care at our hosp then drive back to Mexico.

And yes they take jobs from us. I had been out of work and was willing to take any job, since there was a lot of new construction going on I figured I could find something. At more than one location I was told that they would'nt hire me because they could hire 3 or 4 Mexicans for what they would have to pay me. Yes, I reported it to the DES office and they said thay couldn't do anything though it was against the law.

So, now our state is broke. Schools are closing throughout the state. State parks have been closed. Rest areas are closed. Law enforcement being laid off. Hosp closed or limited care. And now there is talk of closing correctional facilities. Now there is no reason for illegals to stay in our state, but they'll still pass thru. Maybe they'll end up in your nieghborhood. In fact, why not come take a few home with you, since you think they should have more RIGHTS than YOU!

And this new law will touch everyone. I, as a white person, have been asked for proof of my citizenship. If being asked helps clean up this envasion then so be it. If anyother group rushed across our border it would be called an envasion and the military would be called out.

carie   April 26th, 2010 10:42 pm ET

Sharpton seems to instigate the racial gives him purpose.
The word 'illegal' speaks for itself. Sharpton does not belong in this issue other than to support the US laws.

gerald Jolly   April 26th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

@ Robert p.

What planet do you come from?

Why would an intelligent person want to go to a country that has the worse employment rate in the world, that has the most expensive health care system in the world, that has the worse crime rate three times that of the next country on the list, a housing crisis that is untold of in the annals of man, the most people in their prison system, four times the national average of any country in the world for drug addicts, the worse disabilitating tax burden on it's working class of any place in the world, sending their young to the slaughter that they call justified wars.

Take a pill buddy, someone has been screwing with you brain.

Cajazz76:24:8   April 26th, 2010 10:46 pm ET


Your statistics are are GREATLY exaggerated...every 10 days we would have a minimum of (1) million new illegal entry's into Arizona...NOT TRUE

ckesling   April 26th, 2010 10:49 pm ET

@michael armstrong, thank you !!!!

robert p   April 26th, 2010 10:53 pm ET

gerald it was a sarcastic remark , read the lol. and i made it to cajazz
get a grip

BettyJean Viecelli   April 26th, 2010 10:54 pm ET

When Is this "racist" attitude going to stop? When I look at the situation as an 'Italian/German' – American, it seems that the more African American, Latino's, Mexican immigrants etc have the edge over the Caucasion Race. When applying for a job, the race that is overlooked is the Caucasian man. Since the 'ratio' has to be balanced and the 'caucasian's' out number the others there is a mathamatical increase in 'white' colors – the Caucasian race is more abundant , at least now. It stands to reason that the ratios of the others are lower. The work force will statically have less of one -vs- the other. Therefore needing, by law or implying racism, to hire the races other than the Caucasians ,regardless of the resume qualifications. Do we really need to hire a race that can balance the 'ratio' or be called a 'racist'.
We need to stop any illegal immigrants from crossing the boarder and boot them back. Why are the directions included w/ any operating mannual in Mexican and Chineese? This takes money to add the unnecessary lingo if one is a legal immigrant and can speak the American language. I do not apreciate it when people are in this country talking their native language oblivious to the American, needing an interpreter. How would they feel if a group of Causasians were whisperiing in front of their face? Why don't the other countries have these problems, like England, China, etc? Why does America always provide other countries with an open hand ( ie money) when we are in our own financial crisis? It will not get better if we let more cross the boarder only adding to a population increase w/ the monitary demands and crimes associated with it to list a few. It seems like our country has changed since our leader who should be looking out for all of us is of a 'minority' race. Lets take care of our own before providing for the illegal immigrants who cannot get a job w/o proof of citizenship therefore increasing 'unemployment' and 'poverty't. Please provide me with Causasian Americans who are against laws preventing illegal immigration. Everytime I see a comlainer addressiing any law to correct the situation has an increase in melatonin levels. How can I put it so it is not a racist statement. My census has my nationality as Italian/German – American. We should all have our heritage followed by the country we legally represent. Why do the 'African' Americans only get that privlage? Why does this have to be so complicated? You are American in this country providing you are legal..

Al, if we are racist and are judging the possible illegal immigrants by looks, then there should be no problem if you are here legally. Lets face it , keeping the illegal immigrants out we will benefit all of us, regardless
of our heritage. We all look different, black, white, yellow, deformities, medical abnornalities etc..

I am 52 y/o and have never been racist until now. I have some degree of biassed view but I still try to like everyone regardless. I guess you will be calling me 'old' someday. Another category, geriatric population. Another grip. A jaundice old lady, maybe I will stand a chance. (nit-pickey). I am happy and have no problems when I see how others live.

Get with it! Get comfortable with who you are not what you are! What -vs- who, another 'play on words'. Rationalize/Sensationalize. You get the message.

Walk the walk and talk the talk – USA (aka: American).

Teri in New Jersey   April 26th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

I like Al Sharpton. I love my country. I do not participate in illegal activity. I expect that if I did I would be put in jail if I was caught. I like feeling safe. I don't like drug dealers. I don't think it is wrong to inform ALL IMIGRANTS that if youcome into the United States that you need to carry certain documents. Don't we have to have our passport and visas abroad? Even if some are arrested wrongfully (which I hope does not happen often, or at all) if the evidence does not support illegal action they will be cleared. If they catch someone involved in illegal activity and that person does not have any right being here then I hope they throw the book at them and deport them. Time will tell the legitimacy of those who are arrested. We need to inforce the immigration laws. There is a right way to do things. This law is unfortunately a very necessary law. The Hispanics should support this law as well so that those who are breaking the laws of our country don't leave a mark on these people as a whole.

Hugo Chavez   April 26th, 2010 11:00 pm ET

There is nothing wrong with Arizona's new anti illegals law. Many democratic countries including Latin American countries have the same law. In these countries you must carry ID papers at all times and common police have the right to ask you for an ID, if you don't have one you could be arrested on the spot

Daz   April 26th, 2010 11:02 pm ET

Funny, no one is up in arms about the groups STILL saying that the president is not a US citizen. Don't believe that this has happened before, at least not to this extent. Wasn't that clarified before he entered the election??

Dodie   April 26th, 2010 11:02 pm ET

@ Valerie

Well stated and correct! Everyone who has a green card is told to carry it with them at all times. Nothing has changed for those who are in this country legally. By the way, thank you for being legal! I am one American who appreciates your candor and willingness to abide by the law!

Hugo Chavez   April 26th, 2010 11:02 pm ET

There is nothing wrong with Arizona's new anti illegals law. Many democratic countries including Latin American countries have the same law. In these countries you must carry ID papers at all times and common police have the right to ask you for an ID, if you don't have one you could be arrested on the spot, no other motives needed.

Mary Rey   April 26th, 2010 11:03 pm ET

What happened? cat got you tongue? I realize they have an immigration problem, but profilling hispanics is not going to solve it. Sheriff Arpaio has the label of "the thoughest Seriff in the USA", yet Maricopa County still has the same problem, meanning that what this Sheriff is doing IS NOT WORKING!!! Change the tactic, go about it the right way, not THE STUPID WAY. THIS WILL NEVER, NEVER WORK.

Debbie in Phoenix   April 26th, 2010 11:04 pm ET

Reading through all these posts, I am concerned about how many people miss the point. Nobody is happy about the number of illegal residents in this country. Everyone agrees that we need better border security, that the immigration system is completely broken, and that people who are caught should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law-laws that already exist. The problem with this new Arizona law is the legalization of profiling and harrassment of people based on their skin color. For all the people cheering this approach, consider that the next group of people they decide to profile may be yours.

heidi   April 26th, 2010 11:06 pm ET


stop making it about race! YOU are the racists!

Thank You Governor Brewer!

heidi   April 26th, 2010 11:08 pm ET


Do you not realize that until the bill was passed that law enforcement were not allowed to arrest you for being here illegally?? do you not get that?

now they can, a huge start to solving the problem MARY REY, now law enforcement can DO what they have NEEDED TO DO FOR FAR TOO LONG!

robert p   April 26th, 2010 11:10 pm ET

debbie im ok if they ask for papers i have nothing to hide so bring it on

Daz   April 26th, 2010 11:14 pm ET

@Debbie in Phoenix

I am harassed every time I go home, I live in SE AZ and am white. Because of the vehicle I drive, white company van. The time I arrive home, always late- I travel for work. And I live just outside the city limits. Always followed home and watched until I unlock the gate. Have been pulled over and asked for proof of citizenship. And still the drug house just down from my house goes on and the illegal safe house across the street is still there.

And with all this law enforcement in my area...I'M THE ONE BEING STOPPED!! If this new law means others will be checked then great. Harrass a criminal for a change.

Pat in Phoenix   April 26th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

The law it not racist, but what will follow the law has the greatest potential to be racist. Immigration laws have specific requirements and should be met. We have law enforcement to make that happen. The potential is that if each person stopped for any reason by an officer is not treated the same way regardless of their skin color, accent, or ability to speak English, let me emphasize, every person, then the law becomes racist. Many police officers are against this law, and it is incorrect to say that 75% of Arizona public is for this law. The liability and responsibility is heavy. Arpio is wrong with his numbers. This law is precedent setting and will require identification other than you DL to prove citizenship. The US will make a lot of money off of passports, since the majority of the public doesn't carry that information at the present. With law comes responsibility. If we took responsibility seriously, we would see that we are setting the stage for serious racial profiling. In a perfect world, this law might work, but as the President said the day it was signed the law is 'misguided. Hopefully there will not be civil rights violations and a rewind of the 60s.

Debbie in Phoenix   April 26th, 2010 11:17 pm ET

robert p, this isn't about you. Lots of people in the world, across the centuries, have been persecuted for having nothing to hide. The point of America is that we don't round people up or make decisions based on race, gender or ethnicity. Find other ways that don't violate our constitution to deal with the problem of illegal residents. In the end, this protects you, just in case someone else thinks you should have something to hide.

Corinna   April 26th, 2010 11:18 pm ET

First let me say my thoughts and prayers are with Bret Michaels and his family.
Now to the person that said the Bleed was caused by blood thinners given to him in post op after his appendectomy. They DO NOT give blood thinners after surgery. They would make you bleed they do not want you to bleed after surgery. I was a RMA and worked in the medical ffield for years. If your going to accuse some one of wrong doing get your facts straight.

Teri in New Jersey   April 26th, 2010 11:21 pm ET

I think Target should patrol the borders. They have an awesome security program.

jana   April 26th, 2010 11:22 pm ET

It is people like Al Sharpton that attack people like Sheriff Joe that
cause more problems in our country. Sheriff Joe should be ap-
plauded for his work in Maricopa County. He does so much good
and his job cannot be an easy job at all. Every day he has to stand
up to people being hateful.... why does he have to do the same in
front of an audience on television??? It's a wonder to me that Joe
still wants his job after a show like this!! We need more law officers
like Joe, we are NOT needing them to quit due to shows full of
accusations of racial profiling! Against all odds – that's what some
people like Joe have to go through every day in their jobs..... kudos
to you Sheriff Joe for doing something nobody else would ever
want to do!!

Daz   April 26th, 2010 11:30 pm ET

Don't you have to be a LEGAL US CITIZEN to have the rights and priveldges of a US Citizen?? So how can they have civial rights violations?? They are FELONS!! They broke FEDERAL LAWS.

Debbie in Phoenix   April 26th, 2010 11:37 pm ET

To Pat in Phoenix. Glad you're here. Thanks for being so articulate, and to Daz-I find it odd that you've experienced unfair harrassment, but think that its OK to do that to others. The problem of the drug house and the illegal safe house is really frustrating. I get that, but the new law won't stop that. There are tons of laws on the books that should have taken care of these problems a long time ago. If they haven't you should complain to your state legislators – not advocate more of what you've already been through.

Heather   April 26th, 2010 11:40 pm ET

My thoughts and prayers are with Bret and his family. It's very upsetting it almost feels like family to me, eventhough I'm just a fan who has never even met him. I wish him a full recovery. He will get through this. Thinking positive thoughts for him. My father had bleeding in his brain and required therapy to get his motor functions back on track. I understand what a scary time it must be for his family. I'm thinking of all of them and wishing all the best.

Cathy ODell   April 26th, 2010 11:42 pm ET

Arizona is a true patriotic state. I love their stand on illegal immigration. Rev. Sharpton needs to find something else to do. I'm tired of illegals sucking up my tax dollars for a free ride on welfare, Section 8, and hospital emergency rooms. We need to also change the law that says the children of illegals are American citizens. Just like one and one equals two, one illegal plus one illegal equals ILLEGAL children.

Cajazz76:24:8   April 26th, 2010 11:43 pm ET

robert p

I appreciate your's often needed within these blogs..and I attempt, at times, to contribute to it, not alway successful.

Daz   April 26th, 2010 11:56 pm ET


I'm not saying that people should be stopped on the street and asked for 'Thier Papers'. But if a person gives reason to be stopped then they should provide whatever is required. And I think its OK because at least law enforcement is doing something. You're correct there are laws on the books, thats part of the problem. No one has been allowed to enforce them, got that straight from border agents.

Complain to state legislators?? Been down that road. Cochise county is the most crooked county in the state. Making a complaint just makes living in this county really hard. Lets say it's frowned upon.

Daz   April 27th, 2010 12:01 am ET

Last I checked and was told by border agents, the law does not say that if an illegal has a child here they are citizens. There are stipulations that the parents have to meet. Our country has decided to give Mexican, no other group, a special loop hole.

Debbie in Phoenix   April 27th, 2010 12:13 am ET

Daz – I get that too. I feel bad that your state legislators won't help you. You should be furious at the corruption in your county. That's really my point. We have laws that don't work and for terrible reasons, they're not enforced. That has to do with the people making lots of money abusing the current system. I'm against a police state, and profiling people is the start of that. All I want are laws that don't have potential to further harass American citizens. People on the blog keep saying that "these people have no rights." How do you know who "they" are, and that they have no rights until you've demanded their "papers" and do you think that blonde white people will be asked for "their papers" the way minorities, especially Hispanic, will be. By defending this law, people are losing the America they're trying to protect. Why aren't they out boycotting Marriott, Wal-Mart and all the other giant companies that continue to employ illegals? Why are they buying beef? All those meat packing plants employ illegals. They're the problem, as are all the "regular" people who employ them to clean houses, walk dogs and watch children.

Irene   April 27th, 2010 12:18 am ET

Larry should ask the sheriff about his fifteen or so "illegal immigration sweeps." He is proud of them and this is one reason that there are civil rights complaints against him. Ask him where the neighborhoods are that he conducts these in and what the ethnic/racial breakdown (not the legal status) is of the people that are stopped. He has been criticized for stopping corn vendors as well as people with broken taillights. That is pretty scary - a broken taillight to this sheriff is reasonable suspicion to ask a person for their citizenship status. What he does not understand is that AMERICANS, regardless of their ethnicity, do not need to carry their "papers." I have heard some AZ politicians say it might be an inconvenience for Americans, who are Hispanic, to be questioned about their citizenship status if they happen to not have their driver's license with them. IT IS NOT AN INCONVENIENCE; IT IS RACIAL PROFILING. According to the governor, this law has provisions in it so racial profiling does not occur. The sheriff and his dept are being investigated for this exact illegal behavior. Why would she sign a law that supports the behavior that her sheriff-buddy is being investigated for by the federal government? It is unacceptable for a law to exist in America that allows AMERICANS, regardless of their ethnicity, to be profiled.

Kevyn   April 27th, 2010 12:22 am ET

I hear everybody about thinking there will be racial profiling but that already happens on a daily basis. I live in arizona and trust me illegals are a problem the crime rate is through the roof I'm pretty sure you watch cnn and see a drop house being busted or a high speed chase is going on.... I'm not saying the bill is perfect but it will help and we need all the help we can get since the fed. Government won't help

Jeff   April 27th, 2010 12:22 am ET

How can it be a racist law when Mexican is not a race?

J. Walls   April 27th, 2010 12:25 am ET

Mr. King, Bret had an appendectomy a few weeks ago. Could this bleeding be from a blood clot from that surgery?

jack   April 27th, 2010 12:34 am ET

I used to live in AZ, and was asked for my ID on numerous occassions. . they looked at my dl, saw it was valid, and allowed me to be on my merry way. I see no reason to equate illegal immigration with race. Leaders in the Chicano labor movement of the past did not support illegal immigration. They supported fair labor practices for Mexicans that are here legally. I think a limited amnesty program would be OK. All iillegal immigrants involved in violent crimes, sex crimes, and theft should be deported. Those who have been here for years, and have been behaving well , and been productive should also be considered. It is not fair to people from other countries , who go through legal hoops to become citizens to grant citizenship to all illegals. Our borders should be secured with troops now in foreign wars.

Saundra   April 27th, 2010 12:37 am ET

Why is it harassment to be asked to show your identification? Where in the Constitution does it say that you have the right to not show identification? Legal identification? If it's in there, we should never have been required to get birth certificates, driver's licenses, or any of the other myriad papers we have. Why didn't somebody complain about all of that?

Daz   April 27th, 2010 12:37 am ET

Debbie- Our America is lost. Greed has taken control of every aspect. From the farm to politics. You are right. How do we know who they are. When they kill a rancher or a rancher detains a group because they are tresspassing for the law to pick up, which the sheriff said you can do, and THEY file suit and win. So THEY broke the law by jumping the border, tresspassing, and destroying property and the racher is found guilty.

I hate that I had to fence in my entire yard with a locked gate because they wouldn't stay out of my yard. I hate that I had to put barbed wire on the top of my fence to keep THEM out. I don't like having to turn on flood lights to go in my back yard after dark. I had to get heavy duty steel doors so my mom feels safe. I Can't walk around my neighborhood without being on guard. I'm too the point that anything is better than what we have now.

Allie Matias   April 27th, 2010 12:41 am ET

Arpaio – you feel you have power but your end is near. Arizona is reacting towards all the injustice and we will vote you and your crew out. Immigrants are part of Arizona and our economy IGNORANT.

MsNomerN Az   April 27th, 2010 12:45 am ET

I don't understand why we in Arizona hunt down these illegal immigrants and then instead of deporting them to Mexico or their respective countries we house them here. Where is that at?

As to Brett Michaels; he is in good hands at Barrows Nurological institute in Phoenix. I just hope he doesn't end up with compromised nurological capacity.

Tammi   April 27th, 2010 12:48 am ET

Sheriff Joe has killed many inmates with his tough practices~ he has many lawsuits filed against him, and he costs the state of Arizona millions of dollars. He will denie and lie about everything that are known FACTS!! He is dead wrong again about these crazy laws that should be illegal because they break the rules of the constitution of the United States! I think the heat gets to the people who keep voting him in year after year! Go figure!

jack   April 27th, 2010 12:49 am ET

Along with tighter border security, we should also have E-verify used by all employers. If an employer hires a person who is illegal, they should be fined heavily. That is part of the problem , paying substandard wages to exploit hard working people and drive down the labor market. To help the violent crime problem and free up courts and LE for needed services, cannabis should be made legal for adults, and taxed. What we need is political courage rather than all the PC nonsense , when real problems are out there . Citizens rights are more important than winning elections. People who are here legally should quit casting this as a racial thing, and try to support a fair policy for all countries which have citizens that want to come here to help , rather than circumvent the laws on immigration.

Sandra Travers   April 27th, 2010 12:51 am ET

I just want to know one thing, what are the people who are all "worried about racial profiling" going to say if Washington state, Idaho, or Montana or Wisconsin or any other state that borders Canada adopts the illegal/police law? And what about Miami. For goodness sake!
So, then, it would be ok to scrutinize all white, asian, or "euro" looking people, ....we just can't offend a hispanic person and ask them to prove their identity??? Give me a break, the police have a tough enough job, and they do always ask for ID! AND, if you don't carry one, you should be taken in to prove your are a resident of this country! That is just the way it is. Actually I believe it is a law in most states that everyone is supposed to carry an ID.

Anna   April 27th, 2010 12:52 am ET

I was so happy to see Al Sharpton and Joe Arpaio on you show tonight. Sharpton seems to me has no clue on what illegal immigration is. He thinks it's only one race coming into our country illegally and that that one race is Mexican's. He is so wrong. Illegal immigration is any race coming into our country that has broken our laws by crossing our borders illegally. This country has laws and we as citizens have to follow these laws, so why can anyone who wants to come here illegally break our laws and expect to stay here. Thats wrong and they know it. So I hope to see our President Obama wake up and look at what Americans are going thru, Amnesty is not the answer. We have already tried that. President Obama need to make into law that all states can pass the same bill as Arizona and crack down on all illegal immigration. Mr. Arpaio , you are a hero....

Allie Matias   April 27th, 2010 12:53 am ET

Your tax money – Undocumented have paid sales tax, request ITIN number from IRS to pay taxes and they are never eligible for any of welfare NOTHING. You need to do research before you say we are using your taxes. You are using undocumented taxes and you are the one who benefits from government programs. Undocumented are only eligible for K-12 and ER. That's it no other benefits. They contribute economically without receiving benefits!!! You guys would never work for minimum wage and do the hard work. I am glad this revolution is happening because it proves undocumented are part of the United States and we need them.

Linda Boyer in Woodburn Or.   April 27th, 2010 12:53 am ET

Why don't we just put yellow stars on all the Mexicans?

jack   April 27th, 2010 12:56 am ET

Why does Al Sharpton feel he is serving blacks by encouraging illegal immigrants to compete and take jobs of poor blacks and poor whites, and poor legal immigrants? Not saying this AZ law is a great one, but it is doing something, rather than quaking in fear, and sitting on their hands like many are doing in Washington these days.

Alice Monroney   April 27th, 2010 1:01 am ET

Ridicuous! Last time I looked very few Western Europeans or other caucasions were sneaking over the boarders into Arizona. They are Mexicans and they are ILLEGAL. the reason the Mexican are arrested is because most of the white people are here legally. The Mexican community best I can tell are welcome if they are LEGAL! Everyone toptoeing around the illegal people for fear of annoying the Hispanic community. I am Irish and my ancestors had to become citezens and learn english. Eisenhower dispelled 30 million illegal Mexicans for the soldiers coming back from war needing jobs. We have a tough economy and now more that ever we need to relieve the states of the burdens of ILLEGAL people in this country. The hospitals and schools systems are struggling terribly in Arizona and New Mexico.(Can't speak for TX or other states). Come on!! Burating this clearly honorable public servant for enforcing the law is wrong. Al get a job.

jan c   April 27th, 2010 1:01 am ET

does " UNLAWFUL NON CITIZEN" mean anything to anybody? i am a LAWFUL citizen and i am expected to carry identification at all is against the law not to prove who you are.....!!!! REGUARDLESS of the color of your skin or the language you speak !!

Tina Trevor   April 27th, 2010 1:04 am ET

I live in Arizona and am also concerned about my many Hispanic/Latino friends who are citizens, born here like myself. This law means they have to carry citizenship papers (passport, birth certificate) while I don't. This is one aspect of racial profiling, treating groups of US citizens differently. This is reminiscent of Nazis when targeting Jews or the Isareli government targeting Palestinians. Arpaio said that officers upon stopping a person routinely ask where that individual was born. I've never been asked that question when stopped for traffic violations.

Cathy   April 27th, 2010 1:05 am ET

What the heck is Al Sharpton doing getting involved anyway? I'm with Sheriff Joe. And somebody tell me why illegals have constitutional rights. What am I missing??? I hope they pass a similar law here in Nevada!

Same old thing...what part of ILLEGAL does anyone not understand? Get 'em outta here!

Renee Sparkman-Cain   April 27th, 2010 1:06 am ET

When are blacks going to move forward out of the 1960's? America has moved BEYOND the hideous crimes of that era, yet every anniversary of every event of that era is a day long memorial service. There are legitimate BLACK specific organizations, black magazines, black tv networks...all accepted with open arms. Yet , anytime someone white does the least little thing a black person doesn't agree with - the RACE CARD is used.

It seems to me, the REAL racists in America nowdays are all BLACK.

How far do you think White people would get if they open promoted a television network "to promote the advancement of white actors and directors" or a magazine created for white peoples intrests? Yet we allow BET Network and EBONY Magazine.

I repeat – who is the real racist people here?

Lauren   April 27th, 2010 1:06 am ET

My father immigrated to this country when he was fifteen. He is a Dutch Citizen and has an alien card. All these people that are in our country should have to be legal and pay taxes and follow the laws, just like everyone else. Its not discrimination, they dont have any rights! They aren't citizens of the country and they are here illegally!

My dad was in a car accident not to long ago, he was side swipped by someone from mexico in the country illegally. They did not stop after they hit him, he followed them to a house where the car stopped and witnessed the man run inside. He called the police and they did NOTHING! this man was driving with no drivers license, no insurance and the police couldn't/wouldn't do anything because he wasnt a citizen. My dad had to pay for it with his own insurance!

Aidreu   April 27th, 2010 1:07 am ET

Yes, I would like more states to go after these illegals! If they want to come into this country let them follow our laws.
Reverend Al Sharpton just yelling because he wants national attention. These so call reverend's jump on any issue they feel will bring them media attention.
The crime I've seen with the illegals is shameful.
They are serving YOU in our restaurants and public service, and never had any innoculations.
Wonder how your thoughts will change after they rape, kill, maim. etc/ someone close to you.
Illegal is Illegal don't care what ethnic background you come from.

darek salwa   April 27th, 2010 1:08 am ET

larry king you have a great show...about immigration/arizona...they are both wright... but what about the people that are here illegaly for 5-10 years and always pay taxes??? should you just get rid of them the first year they try to pay or keep them here untill youre tierd of them paying??? which is when??? I think those in power should get fired... or a reform this country is paying alot for our former republican millionares... WHY IS MONEY FROM ILLIGAL IMMIGRANTS GOOD BUT THEY ARE NOT ?????

Joe Page   April 27th, 2010 1:10 am ET

Larry , I am appalled and insulted that you would have Al Sharpton speak about the Illegal immigrant problem, I live in Las Vegas and I consider myself an American / Hispanic and I was born in Roswell New Mexico. Please invite me to be on your show and I will tell you how the US Govt should correct this problem. I agree with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, He is on the right track

Al Sharpton Should not be speaking for the Mexican/American people, Al Sharpton problem is he does not know the difference between a Legal Citizen and an illegal immigrant crossing the border.

harry bartfalvi   April 27th, 2010 1:12 am ET

The same immigant advocates that are now screaming about this new Arizona immigrant law and saying immigration is a federal government responsibility are the same ones that have for years impeded the federal government (boder patrol) from doing their jobs effectively through laws suits and political pressure. How wonderfully ironic!

pam   April 27th, 2010 1:14 am ET

i don't think race plays a role in the illegal immigration laws. the problem with the united states is that to many illegal immigrants are already living here in the u.s. as soon as they get here, they start having babies which they know this is a guarentee they will get to live here, because this makes their children automatically american citizens. they also receive all that welfare agencies have to offer from food stamps, medicaid and they have no taxes held out of their pay. if they make a 1000.00 dollars a week. they bring home a thousand a week. i'm a poor struggling white person, who can't even get food stamps. because i'm told i receive to much income. i am disabled from health problems but i'm told you have to knocking at povertys door. i worked all my life and was born in the u.s to parents who were born in the u,s. if you want to live in thwe united states and reap the rewards of this great place, then become a citizen and your problems will all be solved. rev. sharpton is all about race. it needs to think back to our ancestors time. i had nothing to do with what went on with my white anscestors or his black anscestors. that is the past. why can't it be left in the past. my grandparents were poor white people who only had a pot at night to piss in and a open window to throw it out of. they worked as hard as any slaves did to have food on the table for eight kids and a roof over theie head. life was hard for everybody that wasn't rich or well off. you want to blame race on white people, what about your black ancestors in africa who sold their own .

Kevin   April 27th, 2010 1:14 am ET

Your right Rev Sharpton the Constitution does protect United States Citizens civil rights from discrimination. Tell me how and why someone who is here illegally and not a citizen of the United States of America allowed any form of Constitutional protection?

Tell me Larry and Al if a white police officer in Gary Indiana pulls a black man over for anything and that black man gets a ticket, is that officer guilty of racism? Its called demographics, if you have a majority of one race living in an area its probably a safe bet that they will be the majority of people committing and being arrested for crimes.

Lauren   April 27th, 2010 1:16 am ET

@ Allie Matias

I am sorry Allie, but if all your fellow illegal's paid taxes we probably wouldn't be in such a bad economic downturn. And dont even try to tell me that illegal immigrants pay taxes, thats the funniest thing ive ever heard.

Nick   April 27th, 2010 1:27 am ET

think for a minute. is there a big wave of illegal germans? how about italians? oh, wait! what about people from india? the problem is with illegal immigrants of hispanic origin. i will not look away from a problem just because the source makes others uncomfortable. do you not look for the cause or do you ignore it because you may have hurt feelings? profiling or not, that is where some of the illegal immigrate problems are. that is a fact. you can say all day "racism" and put yourself on t.v. like al sharpton was all to happy to do. he may not of gotten paid to do it, but he liked the attention didn't he? are mistakes going to be made with the arizona immigration law? yes. no person or group of people is perfect. all i know is that people are breaking the law in various ways. if a law enforcement agent wants to check i.d., fine. why not? should we shackle the police from doing something that may save innocent lives? complain all you want about race. complain that rights are being trampled. if having to produce an i.d. card is infringing on your rights, you need to stop and think. as far as al sharpton goes, people who play the race card are what keeps hate going. never mind the past. every race on this planet has been a target of hate. i fail to see how it is hateful to follow the laws of the country you choose to live in, whether you are legal or not. you can say civil rights being broken are a real concern. that goes back to the fact that no one is perfect. you have to take the bad with the good. you don't ignore a problem just because the means to help slow or stop it might not be perfect. going thru government channels is good, but that hasn't worked. wait until there is a real problem with the arizona immigration law before you start saying "racism, racism".

jack   April 27th, 2010 1:32 am ET

I am liberal on many issues because I support fair treatment of all Citizens. I think a limited amnesty program should be initiated, and that would be it. Anyone who comes into country illegally or hires illegals should face real penalties. I believe in a generous quota for Mexicans who want to become citizens, as well as a fair quota from ALL countries. It is not a racial issue to want to secure the borders for all citizens. Al Sharpton seems eager to play a race card. That is not helpful for black citizens, white citizens, brown citizens, red citizens, yellow citizens, or any citizens.

Jean   April 27th, 2010 1:44 am ET

There are some people who miss the point of the reason why some people oppose this Arizona immigration Bill. It is not a good, humane law. Please put your thinking cap on.
It is unfair to discriminate against anyone whether they are in a country legally or not. Always put yourself in the position of other people who are affected. All are made in the image and likeness of God. Whoever they are, treat them, those people humanely as you expect to be treated.
Drivers should not be stopped when they are driving and responsibly. Otherwise they reserve the right to sue law enforcement, the City of Arizona and its officials who authorized and conducted the search.
It is not as though there is a blitz for drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs and vehicles which are unsafe for driving at certain times of the year as at Christmas or other chosen times when the blitz is conducted.
The sheriff is conducting a search for illegal immigrants at all times of the year. Under this law citizens and legal immigrants "of a certain nationality and skin color" will not be exempt. They are the targeted ones. This is what the opposition of this bill is all about.
Does the sheriff search "white people, man or woman?" This is where discrimination sets in, if the latter as mentioned are not searched.
This law is a draconian one. Arizona has projected, not only to Americans but to the entire world that it has resorted to slavery days when the slaves would be stopped with no provocation on their part and lynched and even murdered. This Arizona Law smells of racism and back to those ancient days. The Federal government must put a hand and stop it. Those who oppose have every right to do so. They are fair and just people.
People's faces tell a lot about them, just as what we say and write about. Our faces are mirrors of our hearts and what is imbedded in them which project unto our faces. As we age, we take on the face which we deserve. If we are kind people our faces will reflect it. Likewise if we are not kind including the type of lifestyle we live.
It is said that this Arizona sheriff is tough. He has a tough face which does not appear to be a kind one. A man like that with a face like that, if I were to meet him I would immediately surmise that he is not a nice person and one whom I would have nothing to do with if I can help it. He does not have a pleasant face.
Call a spade, a spade. It is not being judgmental to state that his face depicts a racist face. My instinct tells me that I am certain that I am not wrong. This tells much about him. It appears to me that he looks like someone who is not a loving, compassionate and forgiving person. I would not want to cross his path.
I feel sorry for those illegal immigrants if caught. I surmise that they will not receive a fair and just hearing and will not be treated humanely. Treating them as if they are nobodies. This is so sad.
All those who have no empathy for them, I reiterate, place yourself in their position. Contemplate on their situation and let your hearts remain there be it indirectly and for a moment. In so doing, you will develop empathy for them.
America as all countries of the world was founded on immigrants and built by immigrants. Therefore who are really full-fledged citizens of this country? Think back to by gone years. Where did your ancestors come from? In those days people migrated from another country and with no passports. They travelled by specifically boats and also did not need a piece of paper.
I recognize that due to the population and the job situation, it is necessary to curb the influx of people called immigrants and therefore those who wish to migrate to America must apply to do so. However, it could be handled with dignity towards other human beings as ourselves.
There are those who are desperate for work, housing and food of all. It should be known that this is the primary reason why people will want to migrate to America legally or not and to work and live under uncomfortable situations.
Their governments of their country should do more in assisting its nationals, rather than living a lavish lifestyle and some residing in mansions with personal airplanes and limousines, it would not have been necessary for them to migrate to America and to live under such conditions then to be in fear of the law as in Arizona which I reiterate is a draconian one and should be scrapped forever.
May the Federal government put a hand in this and as soon as possible for the good of specifically the people of Arizona.
Those Arizona authorities as the sheriff are unfair and are practicing racism. From what is stated this is what the entire world of people who hear and read about this type of immigration Bill and who are fair and just have concluded.
It is stated that there are those illegals who pilfer the property of others. Not all of them are dishonest people. There is a tendency to generalize that they are all one and the same. Generally speaking people are not one and the same whether they are of the same nationality and race.
May God help specifically the destitute and the underprivileged poor such as those immigrants who would only want to work and live under humane conditions for their livelihood, some of whom have children to support, which everyone is entitled to. They are people too. Be just.
God loves the poor of the world and looks down on them with His loving and compassion heart. Do likewise as God looks down and takes note of all what we say, do and write, as imbedded in our thoughts and hearts. This will be our judgment on that inevitable and if not sooner than we expect.

Bobby   April 27th, 2010 1:52 am ET

I just believe that with all the violence in Mexico right now. and the desperation of it's people to flee the violence, we need what ever tools we can use to protect our borders. The situation right now in Mexico is getting worse and the fighting is not going to stop any time soon. The days of feeling safe along our borders is over. One can no longer just drive, walk or enjoy themselves anywhere along the U.S. Mexican border. Every where in our country we are losing our freedoms to crime and corruption. Asking people to prove they are legal is not by any means a racial thing. You have to really take a really good look at the problem here, We should of been doing this a long time ago. Its unfortunate that the people from Mexico are the biggest target right now. But hey, we live next to Mexico. If Mexico was to provide for it's own people the way we do ours. We would not be having these problems. This is the price we pay to live along our borders.We should be thankful that our law enforcement community goes to such lengths to protect it's citizens. It;s just so unfortunate that every time there is a major issue with a white against any other culture, it's always racial. I am Hispanic, and proud to be Hispanic. and used to have family in Mexico. but this is not about me or my people. We are in the midst of a major War. A war that is already spilling over our borders. and for someone to come down here and turn this into a racial thing needs to but the heck out. Or better yet. why doesn't this idiot try buying some land along our border and retire here. let this person live here for a couple of years. and I'll bet you, he'll be still be screaming, this time to build a bigger fence. make stricter laws. And card um all.

american1234   April 27th, 2010 2:05 am ET

How can so many people blame "illegals" for crime and the economic state. Ever looked in the mirror? How many "illegals" work for wall street, fannie mae, or have CEO positions? I know...NONE!!
Seems to me that this individuals are blaming others for the troubles they have caused themselves(Nazi, Germany).

Seems, to me that Arpaio, is nothing more than a HITLER of our Generation!!

Dwight Morris   April 27th, 2010 2:08 am ET

I would like for Reverend Sharpton to explain how you would tell if an immigrant is illegal or not without asking, and how many white people come across the border into Ariz. They talk about racial profiling, well
we don't have a scholarship fund that gives only white students scholarships, BUT WE HAVE A BLACK ONE, and what about the openely-proclaimed all black -only colleges(at least 60) , and what about the BET on my tv I can't find a WET (white only) on it, we have a Martin Luther King Day , a Black History Month, but no white history month and in the town I live in I don't believe we have street named after not one white person, but we have Martin Luther King Boulevard. and we don't have an NAAWP but we have an NAACP, why is it that only white people can be racist.

Alisia   April 27th, 2010 2:38 am ET

I am Mexican-American and feel priviledged to live in this country. I currently serve this country as a federal officer enforcing the U.S. laws as best as I can. I am thankful that this country gave me the oppportunity to do so. I was born in this country from Mexican parents who never asked any public assistance from U.S. taxpayers and who were not illegals either. I know my appearance, I look Mexican and have brown skin. I know that I would probably be asked for an ID in Arizona and truthfully, I would not mind showing my documents. I know what many hispanics do, they are taking advantage of the working people of this country. I understand why U.S. citizens are now angry with this situation. I am angry too. I work very hard, pay taxes, and would probably not qualify for any public assistance if I ever applied because they have to give it to illegals instead. For one hispanic like me (working, educated, etc.) there are twenty or more illegal hispanics getting all the welfare benefits. Not only that, but the illegals coming in are not only the workers, they are drug and human smugglers, criminals running away from the law in Mexico, gang members, felons, etc. Anyone who lives near the border knows about the horrible violence that is taking place in Mexico. I now respectfully tell the legal hispanics in the U.S. that we have to take one for the team. Don't complain for the risk of racial profiling if they ask for your documents, at least dont blame the U.S. for this, blame all the illegal immigrants that come here and do bad things. Blame the illegal immigrants because they are the ones giving the rest of us a bad reputation. And by the way, in AZ many of the law enforcement officers are hispanics, so would you call it racial profiling or discrimination if a hispanic asks another hispanic for documents? I would not and I am HISPANIC.

Cajazz76:24:8   April 27th, 2010 3:10 am ET


You asked if an illegal is protected under the U.S. it is.

Do Illegal Aliens Have Constitutional Rights?
In the recent debate over local enforcement of immigration law, the issue that
seems to have caused the most shock is the assertion that illegal aliens have
rights. A simple reading of the Constitution will not reveal the words “illegal
alien,” so many people assume the constitution does not apply in this debate.
Unfortunately, Constitutional Law is not that easy. The Constitution has been
described as a “Living Document” that is continuously interpreted to meet the
changing circumstances of American life. The Courts of Appeal and/or the
Supreme Court rule on the application of laws in particular situations and these
rulings become precedents we must all follow. Congress is free to write or
modify laws in response to these rulings, but those new laws are again subject to
court scrutiny.
One of the arguments against the idea of rights for illegal aliens is the wording of
the Constitution itself. People focus on use of the words “the people” in the
Constitution, and say this means it applies only to citizens. The courts have
disagreed with this approach, as cited in Johnson v. Eisentrager, (339 U.S. 763,
771(1950)) where the court said, "in extending constitutional protections beyond
the citizenry, the Court has been at pains to point out that it was the alien's
presence within its territorial jurisdiction that gave the Judiciary power to act."
There are several Court opinions mentioning “resident aliens.” A surface reading
may tempt one to interpret this as applying to aliens who have the administrative
classification under immigration law as “Resident Alien.” In fact, deeper research
shows the court refers to resident aliens as those who have established a form of
practical residency in the US, regardless of their status as undocumented or
“illegal” aliens. Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have consistently
extended constitutional protections to these “resident aliens.”
An exhaustive discussion of court rulings regarding the rights of illegal aliens
would take tens of pages, and would be so full of legalese it would be difficult to
understand. In the interest of brevity and readability, I have summarized below
some of the court precedents that affirmed the rights of illegal aliens.
The right of Habeus Corpus has been raised many times in the courts, usually
relating to long-term detention of illegal or criminal

Alana Bird   April 27th, 2010 3:12 am ET

It's obvious exactly how this new law is going to be applied. This isn’t the appropriate way to enforce laws for illegal immigration. This is a loop hole for the prejudice to get their way, and use this new law as a “legitimate” defense in doing so. Some people can't handle that this isn't a "white man’s world" anymore and in essence, are fighting to do things that only create ways to continue “their” war on racism. A "killer" is a killer! A "hard worker" is a hard worker! This is true no matter what color of skin someone has and no matter where someone lives. A criminal is a person who is morally wrong, whether illegal or not! So it’s morally wrong of undocumented immigrants to escape from poverty, come to America, work hard and prove to be a better undocumented citizen than 100 citizens? And it’s morally right for Arizona’s Sheriffs, Police, and Security Guards to act as a “Race” Judge and harass people who look anything other than white? The people supporting this new law by ways of labeling it as a protection for citizens from a bunch of murderers and dangerous criminals, who by coincidence, all appear in various shades of tan and brown skin tones, sound ignorant and show no respect to the imperative efforts to create peace, that our President Obama, other government officials, and our military, have been working so hard in trying to do for us so we don’t all get blown up in a Nuclear Warfare!!! What were officials of Arizona thinking? To be some sort of "model sheriff" who apparently thinks of himself to be "Above All" and a "tough guy" aka Sheriff Joe Arpaio, I found him to be out of line and far out of his place, while talking to Mr. Al Sharpton, to refer to The President of The United States as "your friend".

jason   April 27th, 2010 3:46 am ET

what is next why doesn't arizona ask for imigration number or driver licence to be tattooed onto the arm of all mexican americans...seems like this has been done before and ya that was such a great idea...ya right

john   April 27th, 2010 3:56 am ET

I don't entirely agree or disagree with this new law, but there does need to be some chlorine added to the shallow end of the gene pool in Arizona. Some of these people haven't moved out of the 18th century. I live in Arizona and there are some real winners in our state government, theyed rather name a state horse than balance the budget, that tells me right there that they need to go. And what idiot named Napolitano homeland security cheif should have shock treatment or better drugs she was completly uselass as governer and anybody can see shes completlty useless where she is, if she'd do her job and congress would doe theirs we wouldn't need this stupid law, we have laws in place to deal with the problem. Just need to enforce them and change the imigraition laws to something thats fair and works.

Don   April 27th, 2010 4:10 am ET

larry, i support Arizona's law against illegal immigrants. the trem illegal immigrant spreads to more than just hispanic immigrants. Lets look at the so called presidents aunt, her visa expired 30 years ago, and she is still here. the federal government has utterly failed to enforce its own laws to win votes. if you are in this country illegally than you are a criminal. if you are not a US citizen, than you are not afforded the rights of our Constitution. its of no surprise that the border states are taking action to protect not only themselves, but their citizens. my ancestors came through Ellis Island, spent the time and money to become citizens. what makes these people think they are so special that they can go around the system? these illegals are an insult to the immigrants who came here legally.

JAE LOUVAR   April 27th, 2010 4:13 am ET

I think Al Sharpton over talked the sheriff, what was missed is that these people are here illegally and are not citizens of the USA therefore are not covered under the constitution, I would think that legal immigrants would be happy to carry ID cards because they are here legally. The federal gov't has done nothing to curb or stop illegally people coming across the border.

tammy kuzmann   April 27th, 2010 4:19 am ET


Serge   April 27th, 2010 5:55 am ET

Sheriff "we do it all the time" is giving me a good laugh.
Why on earth is nobody talking about all the wealthy citizens or businesses in Arizona who give jobs (underpaid of course) to illegal immigrants.. Arizona being just an example.. These are the people who should be sued and sent to jail.. If you don't want illegal immigrants stop taking advantage of their "status" that allows you to make profits on their backs.
But I guess if all states concerned by this "problem" would act properly more than just a few businesses would have to shut down. Now how hypocrite can it get!

sandra warner   April 27th, 2010 7:43 am ET

I watched last evening as Al Sharpton kept saying the "Constitution" protects it,s citizens well Ilegal,s are not citizens and I think he caught himself as to what he said and as the other gentleman kept saying Arizona is so close to the boarder of Mexico so for that reason it,s Mexicans coming in if they were close to Italy it would be them or any other immirgrant. I dont understand as an American why would you not be proud when asked to show proof your an Ameircan or hold a Green Card? that is the reason they or all come into United States and it,s to become "United"Im a native born New Yorker and its terrible to walk down the street in your home town and see spanish signs you come here you must become like the rest of us, look now in France there law no woman may wear the veil to cover there face Arizona does have the right why does any state have to except ilegals do we know if they have HIV,TB,or are murders,left there childrend what do we know about them? do they become Citizens? so I say to Al Sharpton who is an American to stop with all of this race crap and march for those who do it legally and for the Governor Brewer who is trying to protect her State and I wish all would do the same , our country is beening raped,blackmailed and depleated by all these ilegals you know when you come in we speak english and dont cry for the children they born here you are sent back with your new family what gves them the right? and as far as they are the only ones to plant well lots of Men are on welfare need to feed there families, men out of work lost jobs they would be glad to do gardening to also so that old who will do the work doesnt make it today when your hungry you,ll do anything. Al Sharpton is always looking for the fame.

DIOGENES   April 27th, 2010 7:57 am ET

Al Sharpton is always looking for camera time regardless of the topic. Why do you oblige him? He is nobody to anybody but himself, & he certainly has nothing relevant to say.

Beverly   April 27th, 2010 8:09 am ET

Larry after watching your show last night I think we all know where you stand and that is with Al Sharpton. You really dispointed me, it seem's that he was the only person you wanted us to hear. I say Sign the Bill and Sign it Fast. God Bless America

Heather   April 27th, 2010 8:12 am ET

The idea of putting a Mexican illegal into our military is PROPOSTEROUS. Our boys have to pass the ASVAB to enter into our military and most of the Mexican illegals are undereducated and are ill-fit to serve. NO. They need to do what every other legal immigrant of the united states has done and come correct. Apply for your work Visas, learn the language, take the tests, etc. AMNESTY IS NOT THE ANSWER. Crossing into our country illegally is ILLEGAL, which should not be rewarded or reinforced by allowing them to stay by paying a fine. I am a legal citizen of the state of Arizona and you guys have no idea what it's like. We are facing 90,000 unemployed citizens of this state who's jobs are being taken by illegal immigrants who do not pay taxes. 85% of the murders committed in this state are committed by illegal immigrants from Mexico. We are less safe, less financially secure, and this law is NEEDED. 75% of our state's voters support this law, so what does that tell you? Arpaio is doing the dirty part of the job we have all chosen to do. Mexicans need to do what America did! Stop running away from your problems! STAND UP AND FACE THEM! Look the Cartel and the dirty government in their country dead in the eyes and say no more! America WILL back you up! Coming here and destroying our country by taking our jobs and giving nothing back is not the answer.

Jim   April 27th, 2010 8:27 am ET

It's real simple; it's about votes and power. The Obama administration has certainly made that clear these last two years! This administration doesn't care one wit about these illegals, really.
Take Israel for example. Obama et al want to dictate whether Israel can even build apartment buildings, but this administration won't pressure Mexico to do anything for its own citizens– in spite of its considerable natural resources.
Arizona has every right to protect its citizens. And the non-citizens of Arizona should just zip-it.

Rita B.   April 27th, 2010 9:05 am ET

I am upset with the choice the Governor Brewwer took Fri.
All the Mexicans that are here, they need to go buy a piece of land.
I bet they will make more money than the U. S. A.
Do you realize that all of you that hate us. God is looking at your hate. What is going to happened when you try to go into heaven? Maybe God will ask you for your "papers" If you do not have them I guess God will tell you that you are gonna have to go to hell.

jan c   April 27th, 2010 9:22 am ET

the new AZ immigration law does not legalize racial profiling ! the ONLY people that this law targets are UNLAWFUL NON CITIZENS period! it is a law that the lawful citizens have to have identification on them at all times. why would anyone consider themselves privaledged or special enough not to be able to be identifed by a law enforcement officer.......when asked to do so?

Deb   April 27th, 2010 9:26 am ET

I work in the restaurant business. I am sickened by all the illegals that work there. There are so many people that are out of work and come in to apply but are turned down. If you are here on a work permit that is a different story. So I totally agree with Arizona!!!! Send them back and allow real Americans a chance at a job.

Betty R   April 27th, 2010 10:27 am ET

As I listened to Rev. Al Sharpton and Sheriff Joe Arpaio on
The Larry King Live show it became so evident that this was
nothing more than racial profiling. It all came out in Arpaio's
tone when talking to Larry he made a comment "his president"
implying that President Obama was Rev. Al Sharpton's President.
It doesn't matter whether you are Democrat or Republican,
what color or nationality, President Barak Obama is the President
of the United States of America. Get over it Arpaio, He is your
President whether you like him or not. What a nasty and racist
comment coming from someone who is supposed to be
protecting the American border.

Patrick   April 27th, 2010 10:49 am ET

The Arizona immigration bill is a shame. JAN – the bill cannot exist WITHOUT racial profiling. How does one identify a potential unlawful non citizen? IT IS FIRST BY THE COLOR OF THEIR SKIN!! The bill attempts to curb illegal immigration from people across the Mexican boarder – so who will cops be looking for? Canadians? People with blond hair and blue eyes? Hardly! To say this is ANYTHING but racial profiling is ignorant.

Arizona is going to suffer HUGE financial losses from this action. Not only in lost tourism dollars, but in loss from sporting events, and conventions. Shame on you Brewer and AZ Republicans!!

jack   April 27th, 2010 11:50 am ET

@Patrick...So they ask for ID...BIG DEAL! I was asked for ID when I lived in AZ, and I was a citizen and a veteran. So , BOO HOO! What a big sacrifice to have a workable immigration policy. So giveaway your country if you like, but I think you are not thinking this problem through. It is not inhumane to take action to address a rising problem with crime, disease, jobs,using tax supported programs and overcrowding. Latino citizens are not benefited by unlimited waves of criminals invading our country any more than any other citizens.

jack   April 27th, 2010 11:57 am ET

True, the biggest criminals are certain corporate criminals that have been robbing taxpayers blind. But that is not the topic here. The illegal immigration is another serious problem that needs to be carefully,humanely and effectively addressed.

Carol Galvin   April 27th, 2010 12:18 pm ET

Al Sharpton hides behind his Reverand title just like Jessie Jackson does. These men are out and out racists and will ALWAYS play the race card. Screw them! They screw plenty of people behind the scenes. We need some kind of immigration control. Let Arizona be first and other states will follow. Our government GIVES AWAY the Americans tax dollars to non-American people, either here or outside the country! WHY don't we have a government that TAKES CARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. We only want American citizens who pay taxes get all the benefits that America has to offer THEM BACK! The American citizens/taxpayers DO NOT WANT NOR ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUTSIDERS!! We do not want the ENTIRE world coming here so Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson can have their own following to preach their nonsense to. No one cares about racial profiling except those that are here illegally. This will make American citizens feel stronger about having some kind of protection for their families and property THAT BELONGS TO THEM!

mary u from ohio   April 27th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

Bret Hope you have a speedy recovery..My prayers are with you....

Arizona... Joe is tough.... Immigration was bad then... the Mexicans didn't like when the wetbacks come over they came & cause trouble & made it look bad for the ones that have been there in AZ. for 10 years...
believe me don't mess with Joe ...

Cajazz76:24:8   April 27th, 2010 2:32 pm ET

mcmargie, Arizona

Did you leave the farm or stop drinking the water? Your clarity and opinion appears less of a mirage to me and more visionary. I am humbled and feeling less hobbled by your opinion.

gerald Jolly   April 27th, 2010 3:31 pm ET

The big question in the T.V. reality shows gendra is.

Who can we get to DEMEEN, DEGRADE, INSULT, ABUSE, young women if Bret Michaels should die of his brain hemerage.

The answer is very simple.

We will get his mentor, DONALD TRUMP, he is nearly as good at demeening and degrading women as Bret "WAS"

****** ****   April 27th, 2010 3:33 pm ET

Before the rest of the non-Arizona dwelling people chime in with their opinions about the Immigration Law – LISTEN to the people that live in Az! Read our newspapers – every other day there is an article about families being killed by drunk drivers – usually illegal immigrants. Just yesterday, another drop house was raided full of illegals who snuck across the border – we fear for our children's safety because of all of the kidnappings, gangs, home invasions, drunk drivers, rapes etc. committed by illegal immigrants every day in our state! These illegals and their children DO NOT HAVE RIGHTS BECAUSE THEY HAVE COMMITTED A CRIME BY SNEAKING INTO OUR COUNTRY! Our state doesn't have enough money to properly fund our schools because so much of it is used trying to keep some kind of order here. Illegal children waste taxpayers money because the parents feel that our schools should provide them with classes so they can learn english.If you want to live here – learn the language – it is not our responsibility to waste school money by teaching it to you. If you want to live here then you need to do it legally, then you will be afforded all of the rights and privledges that an American Citizen has. Until then, you are nothing but a criminal – one that is taking jobs from American Citizens that are in need of jobs!!! Where is the gratitude from the illegals who do manage to live here? They shot an innocent rancher in southern Az who gave them water, food and didn't call the police as they were sneaking across his land. They show us their gratitude every time they shoot an innocent police officer who is just doing his job by pulling them over for speeding – for that, he loses his life. How many of our children are now fatherless or motherless because an illegal decided to get behind the wheel after drinking and kills them?? Too many to count. Walk a day in our shoes and maybe you won't be so quick to judge us for trying to keep our families safe. Better yet, move here and as soon as a family member of yours is killed, raped, robbed etc. you will understand where we are coming from. Thank God for Sherriff Joe – he cares about keeping our families safe and is not interested in being a "bleeding heart" so that he gets re-elected. The people of Az ELECTED him because he does what is right and does what he says. That does not include racial profiling – maybe if all of the legal Mexicans revolted against the ILLEGAL MEXICANS we wouldn't have this problem. Until then – the illegals are ruining the quality of life for the legal immigrants. Thank the illegals for your problems.

gerald Jolly   April 27th, 2010 3:35 pm ET

THere is a big fight brewing, by Bret Michaels many ??GIRLFRIENDS??

Many are threatening lawsuits if they are left out of his will, concerning his two thousand head band kerchiefs.


Bret had requested that his head band kerchiefs be donated to the SMITHSTONION INSTITUTE.


sunny d   April 27th, 2010 3:35 pm ET

you are in our prayers bret,keep fighting,love sunny and son.x/o

gerald Jolly   April 27th, 2010 3:37 pm ET

It has been decided by the Evangelical believers that Bret Michaels will go to Cowboy heaven if he dies, because of the cross he has on all his COWBOY HATS

gerald Jolly   April 27th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

Bret's family have decided to donate his PRETTY BLEACHED BLOND HAIR, to all the bald women in America.


Cajazz76:24:8   April 27th, 2010 4:38 pm ET

@gerald Jolly

There is a rose at the end of many thorns...As you slide down the banister of life what do you find it more desirable to have, splintered opinions coming out of your posterior or a rose between your butt cheeks? Climb out of the 'black hole' of denigration and show the world you're really just St. Teresa playing the Ogre. Semper Fi...and only a black eye by your own errant strokes on your keyboard if you don't. "Every Rose Has A Thorn"...

gerald Jolly   April 27th, 2010 6:45 pm ET


Bret Michaels came out of surgery, in good condition.

The doctors are now saying that within 6 months Bret will return to his job ,of demeening, denegrading, belittling,and degrading of young women and will do it with a new purpose of denegration.

His family have assured Bret, that his cross cowboy hats and kerchiefs will be guarded to insure that the young women dont steal them.


mcmargie, Arizona   April 28th, 2010 1:31 am ET

Republican AZ State Senator Russell Pierce introduced the new Immigration Bill. He was caught on tape hugging a it.

Chris Kobach wrote the new immigration law...a birther, running for Secretary of State Kansas.

Does this tell you anything? Need I say more? Do some research people. Fear and hatred is all it is. You are a U.S. Citizen in Phoenix and are asked for your papers? If you have no ID you are arrested. What a waste of our money. This will not stop the drugs or crime coming across the border!

This state is so extreme right-winged I am eventually going to move. Can't take the hatred anymore. You should hear how the little children are hearing this crap and now parroting their right-winged parents.

Highway Patrol, policeman, fireman etc are getting laid-off. We have less protection and now they are going to focus on illegal immigrants?

Arizona is the laughing stock of the country! Ha! Ha! Ha!

On The Border   April 28th, 2010 3:45 pm ET

I live 5 miles from the border. This bill will change nothing. People are getting all worked up over nothing. Nothing will change.

I don't care about the bill. What I do care about is how dangerous it is down on the border now with the criminal effect. With the war on drugs in Mexico, they are getting desparate, and they are getting desparate on the border, where I live, where a rancher was killed just recently.

The laws are there. Enforce them. Period. You must come into this country legally, and you must not commit crimes here. Period. We HAVE laws for that. They are being enforced, need to be stepped up, more troops on the border.

And take down that stupid fence. That does not stop anyone.

Lori   April 29th, 2010 1:44 am ET

Born and raised hear in AZ for over 40 yrs. Any time law inforcement is involved I.D. is asked for!!! Go to a bar, need I.D. Go to the bank, need I.D. Rent a car, need I.D. Use a credit card, need I.D. Go to a doctor, need I.D. Start a new job, need I.D.

Bottom line, I am a "WHITE FEMALE" and I have to show I.D. (most of the time it's 2 forms of I.D.) almost daily to prove who I am and where I'm from. Why shouldn't everyone else no matter what race, sex or age.

GO AZ!!!!

Jay from Pheonix   April 29th, 2010 7:45 am ET

Hello Larry. I have been an Arizona native for 31 years and have grown up here in the valley.

I grew up mainly in lower income neighborhoods and am no stranger to illegal immigration issues. I have friends who have members of their families who are here illegally, or know of people who are here illegally. Decent people who are trying to establish citizenship which is no easy road. I also know those who are now citizens but only after many difficult years of working through the system to become a legal American citizenship.

I also know of those who have no intention to gain citizenship, who have entered our borders illegally, who refuse to educate themselves to become better people and have taken advantage anyway they could. People who bring their poverty, their ignorance, and pride who commit crimes, bring drugs into our communities and cost taxpayers money to jail them and send them home.

Now because of I live in Arizona sure its safe to assume that im talking about people of Hispanic origin. You are mostly correct, but 10% of these people are from other countries. This is not just one race we are talking about that's here illegally not only in AZ but in the US.

Now I do support the constitution and our rights as American citizens. I believe that no matter who you are we all all still human beings and have human rights. I also support Immigration Reform but doing so by staying within the rights and amendments our founding fathers had written when this great democracy was established.

I support government aid on our borders, I support troops policing and protecting our nation instead of doing the same thing in the middle east. I support a better funded Border Patrol instead of bailing banks out. I also support trying to take immigrants who want to become citizens and giving them opportunity to become one by serving in our military. Isn't that what this country is all about, allowing people to come here and better their lives? This law makes us look like we just hung a No Vacancy sign and Arizona is the doorstep.

This law is not the way to go. Its way too vague, it promotes civil rights suits and violations, racial profiling and will cost this state in the end. There are too many issues with this Law and its going to effect income that other states and organizations bring to Arizona due to boycotting and fear or being detained. I know Navajo and Anasazi Indians who are worried they are going to be targeted because they resemble people of Hispanic origin. These are people who were here before us all!!

Its also going to cost us to detain a higher amount of people all based on suspicion and its going to take law enforcement away from what they do already by making Immigration issues part of state responsibilities. I'm sorry but this is our governments job.

Instead of making new laws and raising hell why don't the Arizona legislature work on enforcing the current ones we already have in effect? To me its seems our governor basically made the same choice that some illegals have made. Instead of going through the system and getting results, she took a shortcut to get what she wanted. I just hope she realizes that they may deport the same people who trims her hedges and does her landscaping in Scottsdale.

As far as Sheriff Joe goes. I think the man has done an awesome job with our DUI laws and helped make driving safer from those who choose to drink and drive. Other than that, I wouldn't waste a min of my time on him and I think he needs to retire. This law sounds like something he cooked up honestly. I have family who have served as Maricopa County Sheriff Deputies and two have retired early because of Arpaio tactics. He is a bigot, a racist and would solve problems with a shot gun if he was allowed. Believe me he would have his favorite types of people to shot at.

I do hope that in the end we move in a positive direction and get some of the issues this country is facing resolved and at the same time, by not making us look bad to the rest of the world as we have over and over in the past . Also don't forget that it is not our right to judge others and that we are all humans and all come from the same place. Peace.

Mr. Second Amendment   April 29th, 2010 8:51 am ET

To the people living near the border. I hear you and have family retired in Sierra Vista. It can be scary with what goes on down there with the jumpers passing through.

But....I don't think this law will help you much because these are people who are eluding all forms of law enforcement and federal agents. Also Im sure without a doubt people know who they are when they see them in mass running through the desert.

What i recommend is exercising your right to bear arms.These people are apparently desperate people trying to survive walking miles through desert which can kill you by itself. Also most of these people have left in a hurry and with little possessions.They are going to rob some livestock of its limbs or rob people for food, water and valuables to use later. I'm sure if you were fighting for survival and had nothing to lose you would act the same. Now if they bug you for your car, trespass or loiter I don't think they are going to mess with people who are armed and might shoot them.

Also cops wont come out unless they have just cause? "Ok officer, I feel threatened that my property or my body may be destroyed in which I have a right to protect so you may want to get out here before I start shooting." An Bushman M1 gas carbine assault rifle shot in the air will clear out anyone hanging around across the property. Its a loud bastard and its legal to own as a private citizen. Stun guns are also becoming more sleek and portable. Two days running and humping through the desert, the last thing I want to get is electrocuted.

Not a fan of guns or think you may not be able to pull the trigger if you had to?

Take a gun course through your local law enforcement. Know your rights. Learn how to shoot and when to shoot. Learn how to educate gun safety with your children. I'm no back woods crazy gun toting redneck but I love that I have a right to protect myself from becoming a victim.

Now with this said, please don't actually kill someone unless you feel that they have given you no other choice.

Another nice deterrent would be to install large fences surrounding your property along with motion detectors and flood lights help. Throw some lights and a sensor up on a pole along the parameter too. Just get one that you can set to so that it will trigger on things bigger than a coyote or a jack rabbit. Near the lights, a nice sign in English and Espanol. Trespassers will be shot.

Both my uncles deal with the same issue. They are both ex Sheriff dept and both have small arsenals called houses in the desert south of Sierra Vista. A fence, some lights and a known presence is all they needed to keep most border jumpers far from their places. Most these jumpers use guides and if one of these guys had their last group shot at they are going to move their route.

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