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. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Racial profiling, in theory, should be somehow outdated.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Lauren

    This bill is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. What defines reasonable suspicion? What does an immigrant look like? This is clear sanctioned racial profiling and in practice will result in racism as it will be based on the officer's opinion. South Africa had a word for this called Pass Laws during apartheid.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  3. Cessy - Chicago

    so if one resist being checked, what will happen to them, get beaten up?

    I can see AZ Tourism go down as we speak

    April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  4. teresa, oh

    on the immigration law: someone has to start somewhere. they can tweak it later.

    @chris: couldnt have said it better myself. sounds simple enough.
    what dont people get about the word: il-legal?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  5. charlie

    What exactly is wrong with profiling?
    Isn’t that exactly what building a criminla case is?
    Ie the police find facts that fit the profile of a criminal.
    If certain criminal activity is weighted towards one race (as is illegal immigration in the south western states) then the criminal profile and a racial profile would overlap.
    So what?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  6. irma

    this new arizona bil on immigration is racism at its most blatant the bible clearly states that everything in the world belongs to God we are supposed to show brotherly love to all our neighbours regardless of their origin race creed etc.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. IanB

    I lived in Singapore for 10 years – you are required by law there to carry ID and produce it on request to law enforcement officials. if you have nothing to hide, then producing your id is not a problem. No racial profiling there that I saw!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  8. Sara Asif - Toronto, Canada

    Does this give a green light to officers to justify wrongful detainment of individuals? It could be empowerment in a negative sense.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Laura

    Maybe this law will help the state become better financially. We know that taken care of illegals is a burden on this country.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If they get caught they are gonna claim that it was "unreasonable."

    April 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  11. steve

    dont you have to carry your drivers license, why dont latinos have to carry papers

    April 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. David

    It's about time. Illegal immigrants need to know there are consequences for breaking the law. It's not racial profiling it's just that the majority of illegal immigrants are Latino.
    And if the majority of illegal immigrants were Italian would your guests be as upset?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Nancy in Oregon

    I agree, Grace, this doesn't seem the way to do it....but I agree there's a huge problem and I too have no answer to offer....sigh....

    April 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Marva

    I can't see how this is constitutional. It is racist. You are only targeting one group. What is reasonable suspicion for someone being an illegal immigrant from Canada? As a nation, we are going backwards instead of forward.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Jade

    Great interview Anderson, but I'm sorry, I'm more confuse than ever by your guest. So as an immigrant who travels often for work do I need to carry 'papers' with me?

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

    What would be the guidelines for "reasonable suspicion?" Isn't that vague? Isn't that racist?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  17. Jose

    hey anderson i was just at the protest here in phoenix. ive never seen all radio stations here so united trying to spread the word to help out latino members. This bill is so sad and embarrasing. its like the old days with hitler and the jews. racial profiling. if this bill passes arizona is not cappable of handling the disaster it will do to the economic here in az.. if this bill passes we will fight till the end. there will be hundreds of thousands of protesters just like a few years back.
    why so much racism and hatrism ? i just dont get it.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Andrew

    I think the solution to this problem before it get worse is clear: IMMIGRATION REFORM NOW!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Heyward

    How can people defend law breakers and like it or not being in America illegally is a crime. I support this bill. illegal aliens are not immigrants please stop blending the two. That's wrong.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  20. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hi all, sorr i'm so late.

    I have strong feelings on illegal immigration and do consider it a national security issue.

    However, i do Not agree with the new AZ law. To stop people based on skin color is wrong. Besides, there are many other races and cultures that are in the country illegally.

    The AZ law seems to confine itself to Latino only.
    There Has to be a Better Way!!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Ami

    This is NOT going to be good. There are so many non-brown illegal immigrants living in this country. They MUST ask EVERYONE, including white citizens for there "papers" when stopped based "reasonable doubt" of criminal activity, including the meth users and dealers, or it will equal racial profiling...racism really...!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  22. Abhi

    But haven't we already given this right to police officers already in places like NY? After September 11th, men of a certain look were prone to "random" searches in subways.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  23. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Racial profiling is legal in 27 states, and the Supreme Court has said race can be a factor in doing a stop and search as long as other factors are present.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  24. Anthony

    Are you kidding me? This new Arizona law is the BIGGEST slippery slope I have ever seen in my life. What is next are we going next start stopping all the muslims on the street because we have a "reasonable suspicion" that they are linked to a terriorst organization. Not good policy and not good for our country.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  25. Maria ~ MA

    Ugh! This bill is clearly opening the door to racial profiling. Cavanough says such a law would not be abusive. I beg to differ. Reasonable suspician...nonsense! It would be legalized racial profiling. It should be vetoed!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  26. Ann

    What if this happened to African Americans ? Is this Nazi Germany? Republicans have gone too far!!!! So sad for our country:(

    April 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  27. Alex- Miami, FL

    Yeah...this is racial profiling... or "geographical".... no matter how we put it, this "reasonable suspicion" is just an excuse to an extreme racist legalized movement... this can't pass!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  28. Mary

    I think our Federal government perpetuates the whole illegal immigrant problem by NOT asking a basic question on the 2010 census – are you a citizen? Representation in our government will be skewed by the results, since only citizens can vote, but illegal immigrants will be counted when re-aligning congressional districts – crazy!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  29. larry

    what is proof of citizenship. How many people walk around with their birth certificate or citizenship papers. This is crazy

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  30. Emily

    well, if there was a bunch of people in the back of a truck, that would be fineable! Not only would you check their ID, I know that I would be issued a fine! (too many people in the car/truck, those not wearing seat beats, etc) in that example.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  31. Jose A. Ortiz

    If I am stop and refuse to answer the officers questions what happens then. I am a Puerto Rican, I donot have to carry any documents..

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  32. Jerry

    At least all AZ residents must carry proof documents.
    If I visit Grand Cayon from PA, Do i have to carry my passport to go there?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  33. chris

    All I have to say is: it is sad that it has come to this, BUT, the illegals have made it like this. What part of the word "illegal" don't the Hispanics in this state/country understand? They obviously feel "entitled" to enter the U.S. on THEIR terms, and that is precisely why Gov. Brewer & the AZ legislature have resorted to this type of action. The "illegals" have created this situation-they need to accept the consequences of THEIR (or their parents) actions.
    Wouldn't it be nice to actually have people who respect the law, and enter this country LEGALLY, like they did on Ellis Island??? Hell yeah!
    Good for Gov. Brewer – it's about damn time someone took some serious action to this on-going "illegal" issue.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  34. Saul Garzona

    They allready stop us jus because , they thing every latino don't have a driving license, imaging if they past this law, I thing is about race. Thanks

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  35. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I also agree with protesters on the street.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  36. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If someone is speeding and you stop them, you can then make an assessment of the person. If they don't speak English and have no drivers license, it's reasonable suspicion.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  37. Dulcie - Denver

    I do want to be clear. I'm in favor of immigration reform, wholeheartedly. But that's not what this law is. It's sanctioning Racial Profiling and that's discriminatory.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  38. tom kundrat

    Quite simply
    racism is alive and well in Arizona

    April 22, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  39. charlie

    Surely someone who runs away at the sight of a policeman would be reasonable cause for suspicion in any state? I was surprised to hear the legislater say that would not necessarilty be sufficient.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  40. Randy

    I'm concerned that this law will unfairly affect the Native American population in the state of Arizona as they may be questioned because of their appearance, being confused for illegal immigrants from Mexico.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  41. Stephanie

    Profiling for sure. This is the most ridiculous, useless proposed law, and a disgrace to our country. Legal or not, get out of Arizona before it's too late!

    April 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  42. Kim

    Anderson, this new immigration law just passed in AZ is ridiculous! Just the thought of allowing police to further profile, beyond what they do already is just giving them more instances to abuse their power. You mentioned something about should people have to carry their immigration status papers.....let me just say, haven't we been there and done that during the post slavery years where recently freed slaves had to carry paper work with them to prove their status?!? Let's move forward and not backwards please.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  43. thomas

    lots of flexibility accorded to cops. everbody "trusts" cops. if there are no guidelines regarding reasonable suspicion there will be misuse of this law.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  44. Sara Asif - Toronto, Canada

    I understand stopping people if they are displaying suspicious behaviour that could potentially be a crime but how do you have reasonable suspicion be applied to legal status?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  45. Amy

    Good evening everyone. I want to say God Bless Arizona for finally standing up for law and order. Ilegal immigration is killing our cities. These people do not pay taxes, are taking advantage of our system without regard for the law. If latinos feel that they are being racially profiled, then they should leave America. If you are here illegally, then you are breaking the law. Ask yourself, how many drug dealers are called self-employed entreprenuers?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  46. Shehan Jayawardena, Minneapolis MN

    This immigration law if passed is just too gray and will be abused... Someone may be suspect because they can't speak English perhaps.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  47. jerimiah

    whos to say we should look at finding ilegals on the street maybe reform how the become legal immagrants.cut the problem at the source

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  48. Barbara

    WE NEED HB 1070....we are overrun with illegals in AZ. We are paying for their healthcare, their education and frankly we can't afford it anymore. The only ones that need to be concerned about this bill are the ILLEGALS....if they live here legally, there is no concern. Over 70% of the residents of this state are in favor of this bill.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Grace

    I definitely think that something should be done, but I don't know if this is the way to go. Granted, I don't have a better idea, but is this really the only way?

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Heather Platter

    Immigration is a problem that Americans have to deal with, especially in places such as Arizona or Florida... but it is considered racial profiling. No one other than Latino people will be considered suspicious in Arizona. This is unfair and should not be legalized.

    April 22, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
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