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July 28th, 2010
10:19 PM ET

Immigration Law Showdown: Join the Live Chat

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Within hours, Arizona's new immigration law takes effect. Although, a federal judge has blocked some key provisions. We'll have all the angles. Plus, a bizarre court case with allegations a defense contractor wanted a memory erasing pill and his alleged connection to pornographic videos, one million dollar race horses and a $100,000 jewel-encrusted belt buckle.

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  1. Dwan Carnegie

    I am confused how is this now an Obama problem these republicans or now tea party people came up with this law and now it's his problem I hope people prove different at the polls it's amazing that as long as they voted republican this wasn't a issue anywhere in America now they have voted for the first Black President and it is like their saying how dare you we will fix you and Hinder the voting in 2010 what does this say about our country nothing is as they say

    July 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  2. cate

    They have to be legalized or sent back to their country.we don't even know who they r this is a problem all over not just arizona

    July 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  3. Moni

    I agree I think is wass a bad law and there are already laws on the books. What is happening is the lack of the enforcement of such laws. An employer is suppossed to verify the validity of the documentation provided. I find it hard to believe that there are people who are not interested in working. What is happening is that peopple want to have higher pay

    July 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  4. Anthony Della Russo

    I agree with Brad Ohio, and if you were just watching the segment that just played on Anderson 360, you can see just how ridiculously low the percentage is of white Americans signing up for these strenuous and dangerous jobs, like picking grapes over the past 20 years.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  5. Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska

    Megan in Shoreline ~ I agree with you. And what I don't understand is this... While the Republican Party is pushing this issue, they refuse to bring a Bill up in Congress to even be considered or voted upon. WHY???

    July 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  6. Brad Ohio

    It seems that the race card is being played again as a copout for real immigration reform that the Fed has promised for decades.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  7. Louise W.

    I totally agree with you Brad. There really should be a legal way for these immigrant workers to obtain citizenship status in the U.S. I think the way some people treat them and talk about them is truly sad. I agree that they are simply trying to get by like everyone else.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  8. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    By crossing the border illegally Mexicans are showing that they have no respect for our laws.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @vic , nashville tn, "Why we need SB 1070 when we have many laws in the book good job"

    Because, as Sheriff Joe said, the feds are not enforcing the law.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  10. Nicole The Netherlands

    To me it seems that a law is needed. But if you make an potential surpressive law, you also need to offer and solution.
    Why not make an extra law for illegal immigrants who have established a living for, example 10 plus years ? that they have to prove such and such (like paying tax from the report by Gary) and make an pardon?

    July 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  11. Arthur

    Let's be honest as American we sometimes don't want to do the low pay jobs and hard. That's why is important that we have a good immigration reform! This people are not criminals and they just want to work. They're not sitting at home collecting unemployment!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  12. J. Roger, Edmonton

    This will end up in the Supreme Court. Conservatives might want to hold on to federal power- but they might also agree with their conservative cousins in AZ. 🙂

    July 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  13. lacey

    good evening anderson

    July 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  14. Steph

    Great piece AC360 with Gary Tuckman but I still question the notion that immigrant will take jobs that American would not do... I still question ..... A friend of mind apply for Job in a Meat packing warehouse .... He is American Born with High School diploma .... He did not get the job in the meat packing warehouse .... the Job went to Hispanic Immigrant person .... The reason that Warehouse pick the Hispanic person, not the High School American .... the Hispanic immigrant would not make trouble or problem for the warehouse, they will not complain and they will trouble if the factory does not pay the workers for overtime .... the American person knows the American system ... He knows the factory has to pay in overtime if he works beyond his shift, while an Hispanic Immigrant would not say anything ..... .Thats why my American friend was not pick ..... The notion that American would not do the jobs that Immigrant do is false, its more easy for business people to select an Immigrant that would not make trouble, speak up or its easy for Business man to control Immigrant than American Workers ..

    July 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  15. Cyndy

    Your segment that Illegal Aliens are not taking jobs that Americans would not do was not comprehensive. I agree Farming, Janitoral Services are examples. But what about all of the illegal Aliens that are going to College AND those that are using Americans SSN. Do you really feel you have accurately portrayed the whole story. As you illustrated those picking grapes, examples can also be found of illegals aliens in white collar jobs in our State as well. Please report ALL of the information or don't report anything

    California Resident

    July 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  16. Brad Ohio

    I have to agree that those who are here illegally need to be returned to their country-be it Mexico or wherever. The Fed is as much to blame for this as anyone.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  17. Bill - Upper NYS

    Anderson, many people are missing a VERY important point. In Nazi Germany, EVERYONE was required to carry papers or face arrest. I'm a citizen by birth, but unless I'm driving my car or performing a civic duty (such as voting), I don't have to carry any papers to prove who I am! As for the "good" sheriff from Arizona, what law says that I have to say outside of a sworn court statement, or if arrested for some unrelated violation, what my immigration status is? Is the 5th Amendment no longer valid because Arizona says it isn't?

    July 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  18. Jimmy

    The constution is for american no where does it state illegals have any rights the only right they have is to leave our country

    July 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  19. Jaime Chacon

    What if these states that have illegal farm workers contract with farmers to use state prisoners for farm labor how much money would this make these cash strapped states like California.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  20. Martina

    Hello Everyone
    I thought the law in Arizona would lead to subjective stopping of anyone who they had "reasonable" reason to stop. A "warrant-less stopping", reminds me of DWB (driving while black). Yes immigration is a problem but lets put our heads together and come up with a lawful solution.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  21. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Why should Mexicans be able to illegally cross the border whenever they chose while immigrants who are coming here legally and have waited their turn are forced to jump through hoops because they don't have the luxury to just walk across the border? That isn't fair to those who respect the law.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  22. Moni

    They are trying to enforce the law with the e-verify however there are a lot of groups who opposse it. From my understanding you cant have your cake and eat it too.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  23. Chad

    In your story tonight about migrant workers, the reporter quoted what the field workers were taking home "after taxes" and said it was about $45 a day.

    If the field workers are illegal, how are they paying taxes? Do they have stolen social security numbers?

    July 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  24. Jennifer, TX

    So Arizona sheriff says their not tryin to enforce anything their not already doing? Then why bother to pass a law so close to the new school year, scare people from their homes, and act nonchalant about the frenzy?

    July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  25. Brad Ohio

    Hello Anderson and all! As a young teenager many years ago I had worked side by side with farm workers, immigrants and seasonal, and they are just like you and I, trying to make a living any way they can. The government needs to make sure there is a clear legal way for these people to access the work that many Americans refuse to do. Otherwise, Americans will get hired at higher rates of pay, and you and I will be paying 25% more for our food. So the farmer lobyists help keep the workers here whether they are legally here or not. I don't like the fact they are subsidized by OUR Social Security and other programs. Its a real mess.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  26. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, David & Isabel, Megan, Nicole, Sree, Nancy, Starr, Gloria, & Bloggers!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  27. Ben

    The ruling was spot on. Push reform without trying to legalize racism.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  28. vic , nashville tn

    Serif Joe Arpaio saying he have many tools to crack down the illegal immigrants so then why we need Arizona law SB 1070 its about politics

    Only CNN asked this question Why we need SB 1070 when we have many laws in the book good job

    July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  29. Stan, Canada

    Good evening Anderson,

    The term "reverse racism" is a non sequitur in my opinion. Racism is one group discriminating against another based on race, it does not require one group to be a minority and another a majority on either side of the racist act itself. So support for discriminating against a Caucasian running an African American magazine is not "reverse racism" but simply racism, if in fact that is a racist act.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  30. Anthony Della Russo

    I find it very hard to believe that the good men and woman serving on the Arizona police force will be able to effectively carry out the new immigration laws without some sort of racial profiling against Mexicans

    July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
    • Bert

      Why does everybody assume that this law only applies to mexicans/Hispanics. How about Russians for ex. Anna Chapman need o say more.

      July 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  31. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Only way to take action to stop profile racism by cops to protect other people, I agree our president Obama's comment to say to us.

    Anderson,
    You have good point there.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  32. Shawn

    It's supply and demand! If you can't get US workers at $8 per hr then you pay $10 per hr, if you still can get your grapes pick then you pay $12, $14, $16 or what ever it take.

    Their break our laws and undermining our way of life all so Wal-Mart can claim low prices.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  33. Maria

    Our govt needs to have an immigration overhaul fast. This will only create further division amongst US citizens. Why have a fed law if it's nit even being properly enforced? It is so broken.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  34. Kathy

    Sensitivity training has never stopped bigotry. Good idea on paper ONLY. Sad but true.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  35. Moni

    Hi everyone...

    July 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  36. David, Indiana

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

    Glad the liveblog is finally up!

    A great question, AZ law enforcement can inquire about immigration status already but are not required to. Why do they need to be required to?

    I think the fed govt's challenge is on solid ground

    Shouldn't the basic pay for farmworkers be higher than minumum wage?

    July 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  37. Peg

    Make the punitive damages for companies that hire illegals mean something, boycott those companies that have violations of the immigration laws. Legalize drugs and pass common sense public safety laws like we have for Alcohol. These two things will bring illegal immigration to a halt. By targeting undocumented workers, we are focusing not focusing on the real cause of why they are here and until we do, they will not stop coming.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  38. Kenya

    I was wondering what happened to the live chat. Hello everyone.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Anderson, the only real difference between the Arizona illegal immigrant law and the federal law is "enforcement". The Obama administration has chosen not to enforce the law on the books and they don't want anyone else to enforce it either. Their real goal is amnesty.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Jimmy

    The constution is for american no where does it state illegals have any rights

    July 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  41. J C

    Lindsey Graham has the dynamics/sanctions right. Current road will just make this problem worse.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  42. Paulette Chafe

    I received my US citizenship this past year. I, as a former immigrant, have no problem with being asked for my papers. Frankly, law makers should write the legislation so that any American can be asked about citizenship whenever anyone is stopped by the police. This would remove the issue of racial profiling.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooooo everyone!!!!
    Thanks for coming in join us.
    I am glad that Judge Susan Bolton is right decision be blocked law!!! 🙂

    July 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  44. Chi

    Hi AC and AC360 🙂

    July 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  45. Lori, CA

    Hello Everyone!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  46. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. I had a terrible time finding the blog tonight for some reason. I'm not surprised about the court decision. I'm not sure what the answer to this problem is but I don't think this law is it. I think Jeff Toobin is right. It's going to wind up in the supreme court.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  47. Nicole The Netherlands

    Goooood evening AC 360 team; tech people! moderators, Emily, Starr, Jo Ann, Sree, Megan
    eveyone! 🙂

    July 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  48. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  49. Ron M., Key West, Fl

    A big part of this controversy seemed to be that if law enforcement was going to ask for proof of citizenship, everyone would be required to carry "papers" proving they were legal. According to the sheriff, they already can and do ask for proof. Does that mean that if I go to Arizona I have to take my birth certificate with me everywhere I go or I take the chance of being locked up because I can't prove I'm legal? I'm staying clear of AZ.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  50. Lori, CA

    Hi Anderson!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
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