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April 22nd, 2010
09:57 PM ET

Immigration Battle: Protection or Profiling? Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, inside the battle over the toughest immigration law in the U.S. that could be signed in Arizona this weekend. Is it protection or profiling? We're keeping them honest. Plus, actor Dennis Quaid's mission to prevent medical mistakes after he nearly lost his twins.

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  1. ariana

    this bill is ridiculous, in reality it is profiling. Anyone who looks out of place they will stop them. Its a border state so they are taking advantage of that fact.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  2. Kathryn- Plym Mtg, PA

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse. You make a valid point.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  3. austin

    This piece of legislation seems ridiculous and is NOT the way to go about solving the issue.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  4. Maddie

    Racial profiling is going to promote more hate. This is absolutely ridiculous.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  5. Memarie

    Rep. Kavanagh said that we don't have a majority of other races like Scandinavians in Arizona but what about Native Americans? There are over 20 Native American tribes in Arizona who have brown skin and are often mistaken for being Mexican. Will we be asked to prove our citizenship even though we are the First Peoples of this country because we have brown skin as well? I would personally find it insulting!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  6. Paul

    Anderson- Thanks for explaining at the end of the Immigration debate segment, what you were doing with your hand. I was trying to figure it out, so I appreciate you taking the time to explain that.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  7. Talar

    Maybe they should come up with a different way to screen out illegals that doesn't have to do with visual suspicions.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Lauren Smith in SC

    This seems to be another case of racial profiling. Justifiable racial oppression should not be tolerated, let alone held to a this level of regard. I understand that we are facing a problem with illegal immigration, especially in this area of the country, yet we can't find a more sufficient approach?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  9. David, Indiana

    Good evening Anderson, Isabel, Emily, Starr, Megan, everyone.

    Is the point of this bill to extend enforcement powers to state and local police in Arizona? Reasonable suspicion must already guide how officers almost any encounter where they believe they are encountering a suspect.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  10. charlie

    That was a very reasonable and clear explanation and presentation by Kavanagh? Especially the clear distintion he made between bad law and bad policing.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Emily

    I know that in the classic books in Europe, they would stop people and ask them to see "their papers" (ie. G. Greene's "The Third Man") and you would have to show that you were a resident of that Country...
    I wonder if that is about to happen in Arizona?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  12. sharon

    I certainly hope the governor signs the bill. The states need to enforce the law the feds won't. 80% of Americans are NOT for open borders. You can't have a country without borders! Maybe the illegals will go back to Mexico and not other Sanctuary cities!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Christian

    Arizona SB1070 if signed could cause a latino flood out of arizona in the long term and in the short-term cause a virtual muntany!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Anderson,
    Go! Good job interview!!! I agree with you, Good point question. I like Keep Them Honest is my favorite thing! 🙂

    April 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Unless we want the Southwestern part of the US to be taken over by Mexican drug cartels, we have to do something.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Jazz

    How will this effect those who are here legally, but do not have "papers" on them? I am constantly being mistaken for being Mexican because of my tan complexion. How can I be certain I wouldn't be targeted, This is just another form of racial profiling? Give me a break...what next?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  17. Christopher

    If stopped and questioned, can't the person being questioned invoke the 5th amendment?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  18. Cessy - Chicago

    I'm hearing lawsuits...

    April 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Let the voters in the states decide. They know the problems illegals are causing in their states. We, who don't live there, have no right to tell them what to do.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  20. Maria

    I understand the motivation for the law, but I think real reform will only happen when the government stops overlooking corporate recruitment of foreigners for cheap labor. Bring the true perps to justice (that is, the corporations) and only then will large scale immigration reform begin to happen.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  21. Sharon Hastings

    Very excellent interview Anderson. I'm not sure he ever answered your questions, at least not specifically or satisfactorily enough for me.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  22. Dulcie - Denver

    I think this law is disgusting. I have friends living in Arizona who are embarassed and appalled that this will probably pass.

    Remember the offense of Driving While Black? Yeah, this is sanctioning Driving While Latino.

    Yeah right. This politician is full of it.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    That was a very articulate defense of the law.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  24. Emily

    Hello Anderson, 360Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Megan, starr, David & Isabel, Gloria, Casey, Dodie, Cessy, Helen, Nancy, Nicole & Bloggers!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  25. Jim

    Anderson, just asked "what can be used to determine if you can ID an illegal...besides skin color".............what the heck is that? How can SKIN COLOR be used to determine if you are an illegal alien? Im a big supporter of immigration enforcement, but I also believe this is a BAD idea; it will most likely get grossly abused by law enforcement.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Bry

    If you suspect someone of drunk driving you give them a breath test.
    If you suspect someone is here illegally.....check it out.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  27. Cessy - Chicago

    interesting. hoaw can one spot an illegal immigrant? this is a bad idea, really

    April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. John Aguilar

    Anderson,
    I think you are really great, accurate, and brave. But the immigration situation is out of control! There is absolutely no enforcement. The term Reasonable Suspicion comes from the Supreme Court. Why don't you give them grief about the murkiness of the term and not Arizona.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Cecil

    Ask yourself this question, "what will happen in America if we don't face up to immigration problems"? In 10 years, 20 years and next century?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I hate to say this....... That is so ridiculous I have hear against profiling race each others in Arizona, Why?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  31. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi!
    The law sounds like an awkward one to enforce. A reasonable suspicion would have to include something beyond mere appearance.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Kenya

    Good evening everyone.
    Ahh yes AC...keep them honest.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    One can not tell the character of a person by what one is wearing.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  34. charlie

    It does seem reasonable to check if a crime is being committed. That is the police's job and one of their main skills is supposed to be assessing reasonable suspicion. There does need to be a check in place that the practices is being implemented reasonably eg what % of such stops result in confirming such suspicion. As for many issues (eg the financial crisis or Toyota) the problem in the US is usually that the regulators don't bother to be do their job.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Karin Urban from Berlin/Germany

    Hello everyone,
    looking forward to an interesting show!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  36. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I think this bill has problems, but since the feds refuse to enforce the laws, states like Arizona, that have so many problems with illegals, must act to protect themselves.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Sara Asif - Toronto, Canada

    How do you define illegal behaviour though?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Maria ~ MA

    Good evening!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  39. Cessy - Chicago

    Hello and good evening to you all amazing AC360 staff and fans! Another busy night...

    Hi Anderson 🙂

    April 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Sara Asif - Toronto, Canada

    To me it seems that it would lead to profiling and could potentially create a lot of issues for the police and also for citizens.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening everyone. It's good to be here with all of you. Very interesting topics tonight. I ask this question. What would be a "reasonable suspicion" that someone is an illegal immigrant???? Who would you stop and why?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    The Supreme Court has ruled these kinds of stops and searches legal.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  43. Grace

    Agreed. I mean, sure, illegal immigration is a huge problem, but passing a legislation that essentially allows profiling is just ridiculous.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  44. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson, David (Indiana), Megan, Starr, Gabriela, Emily and everyone!!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Sara Asif - Toronto, Canada

    Good Evening Everyone,

    What is going on with Arizona and passing all these legislations?

    P.S. I so want that screen! lol

    April 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  46. Frank

    Arizona is ridiculous.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  47. LisaL -Canada

    happy earth day.
    so sad to hear about the oil drilling rig sinking.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Lisa Bloom, Megan, Jessica, Candy, David Gergen, Ed Henry, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Danie, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Casey, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, and my friend Twitter/Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Thursday night!!!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Grace

    Good evening!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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