April 21st, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Will others follow Arizona's lead on immigration?

Kristi Keck

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Now that Arizona lawmakers have passed what's considered some of the toughest immigration legislation in the country, other states are watching to see whether they should follow in the state's footsteps or stand back.

Arizona's bill orders immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant day laborers or knowingly transport them.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. jon in Montana

    Finally, Arizona is making sense and allowing local authorities to follow through on the laws on the books under the federal mandate. This is not only about the Border, it's about the inside.

    It appears if the FEDS, and our politicians(Both Repubs and Demos) aren't willing to do the job, the State must take over and do it for them.

    April 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  2. amanda kimbley

    Naturalized citizens that counts me out my grandparents came from ireland

    April 21, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  3. Steve Hammond

    There is not enough praise which can be heaped upon Arizona for do a job our "so called" representatives in the federal government have failed to do - secure the borders and enforce the immigration laws already on the books. All native born and naturalized citizens of America should support all other states in efforts similar to the efforts being made by Arizona.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  4. Mike in NYC

    With over 25 million illegal immigrants already here, the cow has not only left the barn, it's halfway across the country by now.

    April 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  5. amanda kimbley

    I completely agree
    how are we to know
    who was born here,
    got here on a visa or
    just jumped a fence
    By looking at them

    April 21, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  6. Dora

    What criteria will the police use to determine or single out people as potential illegal immigrants? Will it be through physical appearance (i.e. hispanic appearance)? I feel that the lack of clarity in terms of the criteria used, might possibly set everything up so that even hispanic U.S. citizens might be victims of hasty generalizations. It must be known that there are illegal immigrants who are non-hispanic.

    April 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  7. Lori

    Thank you to the state of Arizona for stepping up to the plate when our national goverment doesnt have the guts to!!!! Yes, National Security!!!!!

    April 21, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  8. Tim Gibson

    We call it national security do we not?

    April 21, 2010 at 11:54 am |