April 29, 2010

King of Politics Poll of the Day – Illegal Immigration

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Prof Dave W. Dawson   April 29th, 2010 9:05 am ET

If they aren't intelligent, they're ILLEGAL & ILLEGALITY hath no place in America.
Have a nicer day more intelligent America.

robert pauli   April 29th, 2010 10:34 am ET


Please ask your panel this question tonight.

From where are the illegal immigrants coming? If they are coming into Arizona from Mexico, I don't recall seeing or hearing about Caucasians or African Americans coming from Mexico. So how does your panel consider this to be racial profiling?

thank you,

robert pauli
Haddon Heights, NJ

Mr. Lopez   April 29th, 2010 11:35 am ET

White people have been illegal immigrants here in this country for 518 years. Why isn't anything done about them?

Michelle   April 29th, 2010 11:53 am ET

I live in Phoenix. I applaud Donald Trump FOR GETTING IT RIGHT.

People keep reporting about what is going on here but they don't live here. I live in an upscale area but do not go out at night. It is not safe. I was mugged 6 months ago in the evening by a Hispanic.

We have human trafficking which is sickening. No one has even touched on that issue. It is happening here. Everyday we find people who are tied up "prisoners" it could be 25-75 in one small house.

We have the highest kidnapping rate in the country. This is due to the Mexican drug cartels.

What most people don't realize is – most of the drugs for the USA and Canada come up from Nogales, then they go up Route 10 to Route 17 to Route 40 which goes across much of the USA. Do you want more drugs filtering in to the US? Don't we have enough yet?

These issues alone are being done by illegals. The police have been at a severe disadvantage. Most police must speak Spanish because these people don't speak English. When you talk about racial profiling it is real simple. It starts with, if they can't speak English, that is your first clue. It is just plain common sense to figure out if someone could be illegal. You don't have to judge the color of their skin, you can judge by their language and how much English they know.

LARRY PLEASE do some decent reporting on this. Don't allow the spin machines to control this show.

Allow people like Sheriff Arpairo to speak AND NOT BE belittled or interrupted.

We want to take our state back, our country back. What is it going to take?

Oh by the way – this doesn't even cover the fact that if I go to the ER (at one of the best hospitals in AZ) that I have to wait HOURS even though I have insurance, because there are so many illegals in the waiting rooms to be seen as well.

Then there is the education (50th in the nation). My grandson, who is in kindergarten, has 1/3 of his class who don't speak English. He lives in a nice area and goes to one of the top public schools in Arizona. He has learned not one new concept this year (except for learning sign language (I wonder why?)

Larry, get to the heart of the matter – stop playing politics with the rest of them. I am depending on you to do a great job on this.

Charles Petrik   April 29th, 2010 12:37 pm ET

The news media seems to keep calling people "MEAN" for wanting American laws enforced.
Passing a new law CLEARLY SHOWS that Americans want to solve the problem in a PEACEFUL manner, NOT as mean vigilates!

The only reason there is a new law is because CONGRESS HAS OPENLY LIED TO THE AMERICAN VOTERS for 50 years. I am referring to the past 5 amnesty laws, and how Congress PROMISED to solve the immigration system (only AFTER AN AMNESTY OCCURRED), AND THEN NEVER REALLY TRIED TO SOLVE ANY PROBLEMS!
The voters are TIRED of being made to look like CHUMPS, by the people whose salaries we PAY!!
My point: The anger is MOSTLY towards our incompetent government, and people WANTING A GOVERNMENT THAT ACTUALLY TRIES TO DO THE JOBS IT IS ASSIGNED TO DO. We are tired that every time anyone mentions illegal immigration, POLITICIANS AUTOMATICALLY SCREAM OUT- "AMNESTY, AMNESTY, AMNESTY", without even thinking about a real solution!!!

Angela Savage Austin   April 29th, 2010 12:43 pm ET

QUESTION... Do you agree that the State of Arizona has the right to be a Political rewrite a Federal Law that they and others nationally, believe is inadequate or just because appropiate, timely and necessary action has not been taken, gives them the right to be a self appointed doer of "Just-Us" legislation?.

Hey Buddie...We all have been in their shoes when it comes to the "Criminal Environment" they express. Crime is an Equal Opportunity every state. I totally agree that is a major concern for all who resides in Arizona...even the Hispanic population. However, this has put light on the desperation that many feel and ... experience and should be addressed before individuals take the Law in theirs Hands. We have troops stationed all over the world and some of the military personnel in each base can be reassigned and relocated to protect all borders in the US. We all know that "Hostily Breeds Hostility" especially when the Law itself is not clear...for example how do you profile someone such as a Canadian, Russian, Italian, Haitian, etc...that may be an illegal living in this country...whats next? Also before the United States became the United States much of these lands were first occupied by the very same people. I pray that the Federal government will takes the steps necessary and fair to address this situation. My other concern that I haven't heard address on the media, is how much will Arizona profit when it comes to funding and profit for their prison systems...How long are the illegals detained before being exported back to their countries?

Joe   April 29th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

Please interview people who are in this state. When you bring on people in California to discuss Arizona, it makes no sense to me.

We are in a crisis situation here, please help us get our voice heard.

Our housekeeper is Hispanic and she was thrilled the day she became a citizen. She learned the language and she is assimilating. She isn't happy about the illegals who are here and not doing their part to become citizens either. She had to work hard, study the language and learn about our culture and she was happy to do so because it meant so much to become an American citizen.

Shouldn't all illegals do that?

What gets me is the illegals who are protesting are still waving the Mexican flags and can barely speak English. Why do they get so much coverage?

To me, their protests are a non-issue. They are not citizens.

Also please know that they bussed people from California to protest in Phoenix. I can only guess that was because there were not enough people to have a good protest. Also, what they didn't show from wide angles is there were not that many people there. They over reported.

But yet, when they reported on the tea party, they said 100's were there (in Phoenix) and there were 1000's there (I know, I was there).

So one of the problems is factual reporting.

Angela Savage Austin   April 29th, 2010 2:19 pm ET

Look beyond the obvious.....this is bigger than profiling....if we follow the money it will lead to the top.....Lawmakers/enforcers.Drugs and criminal activities have plague my communties longer than I have been on this planet...I am 55 years old, Afro-American. No one ever suggested to create, change, rewrite or address the Laws on any level to prevent the suffering and destruction of our neighborhoods...even to this very day. Crime is an equal opportunity employer/destroyer and the criminals come in all races, cultures, blue collar, white collar, faith and status. Our children are exposed to the destruction of their childhood and family foundations on a daily basis. I believe that the influxtation of drugs in this country lies in the hands of politicians/law officials who look the other way or their hands are dirty getting a cut of the profits. Low income communities all over this country have been walking in the shoes of the state of Arizona and no one cares because drugs is BIG MONEY!

AlphaPoe   April 29th, 2010 2:27 pm ET

Whatever needs to be done to keep them out should be done. The immigrants of 50-60 years ago were not like the illegals of today. Our grandparents and great grandparents who came over from Italy, Poland, Ireland, etc. came over and were self sufficient. They didn't ruin the country, drain the government nor take American jobs.

kathleen,DuPage counrty IL   April 29th, 2010 3:31 pm ET

Its about time that at least 1 of the states next to mexico did something,cause you often hear about the drug smugglers shooting people when the smuggler drugs come across the border from mexico on the news programs&AMW on how some have tunnels to bring stuff across the border also.So with Arizona's law hopefully there would less drug smuggling in that state at least of the border states to mexico with having that law& hopefully then the police in that state would now get the drug smuggling guys faster with having that law.

Navajo Joe   April 29th, 2010 5:24 pm ET

Smith in Oregon..and all.

Allow me, if you will, a small correction to your comments. This problem of 'ill-eagle' immigration has been going on since the feathers were plucked from my ancestors in the land of their opportunity. 'We' still suffer from over 500 years of migration unchecked into a land that was once populated by many societies and cultures now extinct. We were profiled, then herded like cattle onto small portions of this once vast country 'we settled'. Now so many of our 'naturalized' citizens people live in poverty, shame, and ignorance. We have been suffering from the alcohol, drugs, and diseases brought into our land and we know, we have long known, it will never change..We are the forgotten ones. I just like to extend a hello to many that I have had the privilege to get to know on these blogs. I have been preoccupied with so much lately and unable to communicate with you. Hopefully, I will have the time now to come back and re-acquaint myself with those I have gotten to know from the past.

Smith in Oregon   April 29th, 2010 5:29 pm ET

Aho and Welcome Back Navajo Joe. Yes, its been bad and still seems bad in regards to the plight of the Native People, however it is getting better.

Michelle   April 29th, 2010 5:43 pm ET

I frankly don't think there will really be a boycott of our state. We are a state of small businesses. Two days ago a convention of 100 people pulled out, big deal.

The majority of people across the country want immigration reform (except the few people the media finds to put on their programs).

The media is controlling this outrage, as usual. They are not allowing the citizens to be heard.

Navajo Joe, you are absolutely right. Our forefathers took your people and put you in god-forsaken areas of the country (like the Arizona desert) which was wrong.

Navajo Joe   April 29th, 2010 6:08 pm ET

Smith in Oregon

I thank both of you for your comments, and Smith in Oregon, for your kind welcome back. These blogs have been like family and I have missed being available to talk with all of you. While the winds of change blow lightly, we will never, at least in the time I will have left, to see the necessary evolution of a system that has been so devastating to the Native Americans left behind by the storms that have ravaged our once proud societies. I find it more and more difficult to travel to the 'Four Corners' I grew up in and look into the eyes of my people. I have leave with tears of agony I feel so deep in my heart for them. Thank you both again for the recognition you have given me and to my people.

Joe G. (Illinois)   April 29th, 2010 6:37 pm ET

America would be a third world country without:

1) Illegal Immigration
2) Illegal Drug Trafficking Proceeds infusing the U.S. Economy
3) And an Untrue Market on Wall Street

It be like asking Americans “Would you do away with your bread and butter and bragging rights and go work in the rice fields?

Luis Teixeira   April 29th, 2010 6:45 pm ET

The immigration is a Human Right, exist and been exist since the begining of the world, no law can ruled, but can be controled, not stoped, chase Hispanic immigrants inside Usa, is Violent, means hate, and highly profiling don't matter the Governor, Mcain, and the Sheriff Arpaio Says....It is....

Joe G. (Illinois)   April 29th, 2010 6:58 pm ET

Why can’t MTV do a reality TV show based in Arizona to capture the benevolence of the Mexican people.. Who come into this country illegally, not to take jobs from Americans, etc, etc, etc. But probably just workout in the morning, do laundry in the afternoon and go clubbing at night.

Sue in AZ   April 29th, 2010 7:23 pm ET

Bottom line: AZ is BROKE we can no longer afford to support the half million illegal aliens in our state with free services. The working taxpayers of the state have had enough with all the crime!! Our police officers don't deserve to be shot & killed. So unless your an AZ taxpayer, I'm sorry but you don't get a vote on this issue. Let's do some reporting on the "real issue" of the costs involved in having a half million illegals in 1 state. This is basic economics of trying to keep a state afloat. This has nothing to do with profiling. This country is so misinformed by this media hype. The new law is already set up against profiling if you would care to read it!! If tourists want to boycott our state we say "bring it on baby" because it will put thousands of illegals out of work & then they will be forced to move to your state for a job so you can support them. The only person that benefits from illegal aliens is employers who are laughing all the way to the bank. Meanwhile, we have a 10% unemployment rate for "legal citizens" who would gladly take those jobs. Our Gov. & Sheriff Joe are the only one that seems to care about enforcing the federal law so leave them alone!

Terry   April 29th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Im glad they have passed this new law and I hope more states do it also.

If you have nothing to hide then you should not have any problem with any law officer asking you for proper ID when I travel to other countrys I am asked for a passport and ID all the time guess what IT"S THERE LAW and I follow it and DO not have a problem with it....good day

Ms D. McGowan   April 29th, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Thank you Michelle. People who don't live here have no idea what is going on in our state. I have lived in Arizona for 15 years. People think Sherriff Joe is radical but I spoke with a So Cal law enforcement officer who told me he wished there were more officers that would enforce the laws like our sherriff. I live less than a 1/4 mi off of I-17 the major interstate to Flagstaff. I was outside of my apartment one night when I spotted two men running up the wash next to my apartment. The next thing that happened is I saw sherriff cars in our complex and asked if they were looking for 2 men in white t-shirts. The sherriff replied yes and I told him they just ran up the wash. It turns out DPS stopped them on the interstate and two of them fled. They caught them at the local McDonalds up the street.
The rancher who has owned his familys' property on the border since before Az was a state who was killed last month was one of the straws that broke the camels back. He had illegals trashing his property and finally a "coyote" ended his life by shooting him.
You out of state people wonder why we are so fired up and angry about this policy? Come and find out for yourselves.
The immigration policy applies to ALL illegal immigrants not just Hispanics. That means if you are from Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada, Australia or any place else and are in our country illegally that this law applies to you. The only reason that the Hispanics feel that they are being targeted is because the majority of the illegal immigrants are Hispanic since Mexico is our neighbor to the south. I am sure if Australia or any other country was our neighbor to the south that they might think they were being targeted as well. Bottom line is we need to close the borders

Ms D. McGowan   April 29th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

With in the last 3 days we have had two drop houses raided. One was found when an illegal being held in the drop house escaped to go get help. There were 25 people taken out of that house. Then yesterday a concerned citizen in a neighborhood noticed a huge increase in the amount of activity in a house in his sub-division and called the police. The police arrested 70 people, 4 or 5 who were teenagers and a young toddler of about 3 years old with them.
No one except people who live here see the things that happen everyday here.
Navajo Joe you are right about your people. I am sure there are many problems even today on the reservations. The American government lied to the Native Americans and broke every treaty that they ever signed.
I have a friend who is Native American and her mom lives in Window Rock.
Somewhere there is a solution to this immigration problem however ignoring it is not a solution.
I worry that the people of Arizona will take matters into their own hands if the Federal government fails to act on this. With our gun laws that would probably not be a good idea.

Blond Citizen   April 29th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Living 30 miles from the Mexican border, every day that I drive down SR 82, I must stop at a border patrol check point. As a blond- haired blue eyed woman that's 57 years old, I can say that every single day I am asked by an agent if I am an American Citizen. and I'm (not crossing the border) Now, it would seem that one would know that I don't look Hispanic or that my 2009 Cadillac isn't big enough to smuggle illegal aliens – BUT THEY ASK ANYWAY. Am I being racially profiled? NO I'M NOT – I'M BEING INCONVENIENCED. But that's the price I have to pay for people illegally entering the US from Mexico. Wise up America. We have a problem with illegal immigration. Everyone that crosses illegally is committing a crime doing so. YES my grandparents came here from another country. They became citizens and raised their children here. If you want to live here, do the work and get your citizenship properly OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF ARREST. If you don't live in Arizona and you don't face the drug smugglers or human traffickers on your route home OR on your ranch property – take care of your own doorstep.

Donna   April 29th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

I live in Southern California. I see that the quality of my life as an American has been down graded due to illegal immigrants. I have to pay to send my child to private school because the public schools are over run with the children of illegals who only speak to them in Spanish, so they have to learn English at the expense of the English speaking children already in the school. On top of that, we as tax payers are paying for them to learn English. Is that also the case for immigrants from other countries? Or do they have to pay for it themselves for their child to learn English? I personally do not have a problem with immigrants from anywhere. What's wrong with doing it the right way like immigrants from other countries that are not along the U.S. border. Why is it that illegals have more rights than citizens? I believe that my rights as an American has been violated because we do not enforce the immigration laws. Why can we choose to turn our back on immigration laws but we have to abide by other laws. Can we all pick and choose which laws we want to obey?

Cindy in Minnesota   April 29th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Ok ok I get the concern. Get legal then. But this attempt to fix the immigratoin problem won't work. Everyone will piss and moan to no prevail. Soon we will all need to have papers and proof of citizenship on everyone. There will be crimals forging papers and this will fail too. Next it will be a permanet tattoo on your forhead or on your hand and it will be the mark of the beast.
I don't have a problem with people coming here seeking the American dream. My ancestors did it too. But prepare to be Americanized. learn the language. Work hard. Don't expect American's to pay your way. Then you will earn your respect

Sandy   April 29th, 2010 10:27 pm ET

@Smith in Oregon...Thank you for the list...I will make sure that I support them with my money....I like this law...All illegals should be sent back....Obama do not let them become legal...I am a Democrat, Michigan Gov...Please follow Arizona..Pass the same here....

Smith in Oregon   April 30th, 2010 2:20 am ET

Republican congressman Duncan Hunter said he would support deporting U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, adding that "it takes more than walking across the border" to be an American citizen.

He apparently does not support the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution which guarantees citizenship to all persons born in the United States.

The San Diego-area Republican congressman was video taped as he made these extremely racist comments as a guest speaker at a Tea Party rally in Ramona, California.

Such racist Jim Crow statements before a fervent Tea Party crowd reminds many of the White Supremacists urging their crowds to send all Africans back to Africa.

Americans are composed of many races, cultures, religions and personal values. These racist Jim Crow White Supremacist bible thumping speakers are certainly not a reflection of American values nor are they even vaguely supported by the US Constitution.

Smith in Oregon   April 30th, 2010 2:22 am ET

@ Navajo Joe, Christian leaders took great pains to erase the Mayan and Navajo oral and written prophecy's regarding 2012 and beyond. Take heart and have faith, within a decade you'll have good reason to smile and greet the wind once again.

Mike   April 30th, 2010 4:23 am ET

In reply to "Mr. Lopez" :
First off white people founded this country and in which cannot be illegal immigrants, just like Mexicans founded Mexico, just because Mexicans don’t like it there anymore is not our problem. Every other race became citizens the legal way; why is it that Hispanics get special treatment. Sounds like racism to me.

Beverly Burrow   April 30th, 2010 10:03 am ET

I live in Farmers Branch Texas, we are overrun by illegals. Crime is up, they drive without a license, registration or insurance, I have been in two accidents caused by illegals, good thing I have uninsured motorist coverage, they were not prosecuted by the police. They jay walk constantly, live 4 to 5 families to a house, (verified by my mail carrier) send thousands of non-English speaking to children to schools so my taxes are very high. They don't marry so they can put their children on SS and other free programs including school lunches, free medical, aid to dependent children, WIC, housing subsidies and on and on. I am tired of paying for all these illegals free ride here at my expense. Their cost is substantially more than we know.
By the way Larry, you should look at the demographics of the people who watch your show and buy your sponsors products before you support their cause. The illegals won't be watching you because they don't speak English, have you thought of that? Guess what, I won't be watching it anymore either until you present both sides fairly.

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