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. Kenya


    in this case, "the job" needs to be defined. and either one or more people decided this was the best person for the job. so perhaps we need to see a job description. ....

    I agree. And perhaps a bit of the woman's background..she may have grown up in a black community, etc. But that's besides the point. If she was the best one qualified for the job then she deserves the position.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  2. Emily

    Father-of-the Year!

    Geez! porn for his son?!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That great see our president Obama show up "The View" with ladies... Awwww.. That is good comment for him!! Nice job ladies!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Emily

    That is an interesting post of your at 10:31 pm ET.

    Gary had provided a lot of great information in his report.
    Many high school & college/university students are having a difficult time finding work as the part time jobs that they would usually get in the summer are now filled by adults that lost their jobs.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  5. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Hello friends! I thought the "live chat" wasn't up tonight so I logged off. Tried this later on and well, here you all are.

    Good evening all...great show so far!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  6. Dave

    I dare say that Essence Magazine is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Thus, this topic should not be up for discussion. Good for Essence Magazine for changing their status quo and continuing to offer a highly respected media publication.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  7. Janine from PA

    Good evening AC 360;
    Ok so the defence contractor wanted a pill.....wait..what!?

    July 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  8. Joe

    The arguments by both are pointed and civil, but they are missing the point entirely. The problem is that the "black" magazine is trying to exist in a world that is trying to be color blind. It is impossible to be politically correct or fair when your aim is to cater to such a narrow audience. It was racist to begin with!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  9. Tina

    This woman from Essence sounds like a disgruntled ex-employee.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  10. Gail

    Great comments by Angela and Roland, but Roland put the issue in perspective. It's about the lack of opportunities for minorities in the print industry. Not only do we see this with magazines, but we also see it across the board with newspapers and other media venues. We've questioned Essence. Now let's ask the editors of some of the most popular trendy magazines how many women and minorities they have employed in decision-making or key writing positions. That is the real story.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  11. Mark

    Could you imagine if white journalist "got together" to discuss how they could get more white people into positions? What is going on?....the younger generation is ready to move on....we date interracially, etc. Get rid of all this black and white organizations and begin to live our MLK's dream of judging people based on the content of their character!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  12. Sara, Minnesota

    Look, employers cannot discriminate by race. It's the law. Essence clearly felt she was the best woman for the job, and that's why she was hired.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  13. Andre

    Hopefully the injunction stands, and the present administration will have time to focus on implementing comprehensive reform. Still not sure if the illegals are taking jobs Americans wouldn't do, but we certainly control the demand, so we could definitely approach the problem from this area.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  14. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    We all got to be up for change. This is all about dollars and cents. It has nothing to do with race. It is time for that magazine to cross all barrels!

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

    I agree that those pictures look like Ansel Adam's work, however how can they prove it? I have seen other work that looks very close to his as well.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  16. robert richter

    i have been stopped by local police many times and they used the oldest line in the book."you match the description of someone we are looking for" thats all they have to say and they can stop and detain you.

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

    I felt bad for her..... she is right about white and black mix.... we can along together and each other without problem solves.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  18. Moni

    I am sorry but I do not buy the arguments if it was another magazine and the applicant was African American this would be racist. The employers should not deny the position to the applicant on the basis of race if they are qualified.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  19. Emily

    "It is about money."

    When it comes to the private sector, it's always about the bottom line (money), and nowadays, magazines, etc must compete with the internet. Never has the "money" been so important.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  20. Lori, CA

    So much corruption.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  21. Peter

    I don't know why there is a big argument about how Arizona police can identify illegal immigrants during routine traffic violations. The issue is simple because in order to get Arizona driver's license, you have to show proof of legal status in the country. This law has been in effect for few years in most of the states. That means any illegal immigrant can't obtain a driver's license or renew it when the license expires and therefore the illegal immigrants won't drive cars. So how the police will detain or arrest the illegal immigrants?!! Unless they will stop any person walks on the sidewalks or using public transportation.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  22. Kim

    1 in 10 jobs in California, Nevada, and Arizona are held by illegal immigrants whose competitors are those who do not earn a high school diploma? I think we need to consider the graduation rates and failed education systems of these states. State officials are allowing today's students to be competitors with migrant workers by failing to provide them the proper education to be competitive globally.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  23. Arthur

    I don't agree with people who say is a crime when illegals cross the border cause is breaking a law. But what about people who come in with Visas and etc they stay here work and go back renew their visas and there also living here illegally and they do way more illegal stuff.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  24. courtney

    it should be regardless of what someones race or gender is, the choice of hiring someone should be based on who will do the best job.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  25. Lori, CA

    Anderson, so why did they hire a white woman if the are so many qualified black women?

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

    @Lori, CA
    "It is too bad that there is so much emphasis on color in business. It is frustrating."

    That can be a double edged sword however. There's nothing worse that getting a job, and finding out that the only reason that you did was because a company had to fill some quota. [that they must have a certain # of women or minorities working for them, and not the most qualified]

    July 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  27. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    This argument is ridiculous. It is racism plain and simple.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  28. Jim

    It is REAL simple- If your here in the United States of America ILLEGALLY
    then Leave Now. You want to come here then DO IT LEGALLY!!!!
    I don't care who you are where your from or the color of your skin!
    Come here legally OBEY our Laws & I will welcome you with open arms.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  29. Moni

    Cyndi I totally agree with you. I know several people who are "borrowing" their relatives S.S. number and they are working in other venues. Also people are not keepin in mind those who are working on "bad" SS numbers and are scheming the country. I personally know someone who has 2 children who are born here. She works and her husband work and sincer her husband makes a good living she does not report or file taxes. He claims them to be a "single" day so to make sure they receive a refund for earned income credit. She turns around and since she does not report her job and has no SS to verify collects foodstams for her citizen children. This is not the case for all immigrants however I think something should be done to stop such people who are scheming.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  30. Brad Ohio

    Why, as an American, where the language is English, and is a requirement for naturalization, that everytime I call some big company or a bank or whatever, I (as an American taught in public schools the language of English, do I have to press 1 if I want instructions? Because businesses and the government are catering to make it easier for Hispanic speaking people to get access to programs and benefits...I never hear a greeting say for Instructions in French, press 2, for Instructions in Greek, press 3...so why is this?

    July 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  31. walt warnick

    Hello Anderson
    The law in Arizona should be allowed.
    The federal government refuses to enforce the law thats on the books now.
    If your in this country illegally its against the law, how does the president expect the police there to do the job they are expected to do
    "to protect and to serve"

    July 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  32. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    It should not change the idea a the magazine of what the readers read.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  33. lisal -canada

    it should be whoever can do the job the best – like women's and other minority issues – i do not believe that people should be hired to fill quotas – they should be hired because it is believed that they can competently "do the job".

    in this case, "the job" needs to be defined. and either one or more people decided this was the best person for the job. so perhaps we need to see a job description. ....

    July 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  34. Lynn

    Illegal immigrants in California are allowed to file taxes with a special number they receive from the government. In addition, they are allowed to claim family members in Mexico. I am not sure of all the specifics.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  35. Sandy

    I am so fed up with the federal government not enforcing immigration law – in the meantime millions more come into out country illegally. The people of this coiuntry overwhelmingly want illegal immigration stopped NOW! It is unbelievable that I – An american white citizen can be stopped by the police for any reason and asked for my drivers license, insurance and registration – if I don't produce these documents I could go to jail, be fingerprinted, or be cited without any protest of racial profiling. My point is once again illegal immigrants have more rights than legal citizens.

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

    This proves that there is racism in the black community. They use it when it serves their purpose.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  37. Kenya

    I still don't understand this uproar with hiring a white woman as fashion director to a black magazine. Would it be as big of an issue if Vogue or Elle (both "white" magazines) hired a black woman as fashion director?? I don't think so. Reverse racism I think, yes..

    July 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm |
  38. Janice Beaird

    I worked for years in Michigan, in a small, private owned sub-contractor for, at the time, the Big 3 car makers. I made just barely minimum wage, in a very hot, blow-molding plastic plant. In the winter it was freezing because most of the windows were broken out of the warehouse type building. In the summer it was aproximately 140 degrees if you worked on one of the conveyor belts of the molding machines. I was 18 when I started and worked at it until I was 28. I'm a white female and most of the people who worked there were white females, with a few males in there. They were also white. We were darn glad to have the job and willing to work hard at it. So yes, if that is what is available, and you need to care for your family, you do it. I believe that if the illegals weren't here, the jobs would still get done.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  39. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I thought employers could not discriminate by race. Exceptions should not be made for minorities. Why would they not be required to follow the law?

    July 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  40. Libby ~ Anchorage, Alaska

    I agree with those who feel the most effective way to make a major impact on Illegal Immigration is to crack down big time on those who are hiring them! The government has talked about doing that for the past dozen or more years, yet nothing ever happens....

    July 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  41. Jeff in Minneapolis

    I think that all signs point to racial profiling...even though the bill answers that question. It's too hard to enforce this law without profiling legal Americans. Judge was correct, but on different grounds. I think throw this law out and patrol our borders.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  42. Lori, CA

    It is too bad that there is so much emphasis on color in business. It is frustrating.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  43. George Moore

    Anderson asked the sheriff from Phoenix why is it better to put the illegal in his jail rather than turn them over to immigration his answer were cheep we have tents that true but the real reason is the sheriff get more money the government pays him for every prisoner he has and with his cheap tents he's making money that why he want to arrest them and not to turn over to immigration the MONEY DA DA! right sheriff JOE!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  44. Martina

    Evidently Essence is looking at the bottom line which is profit. It has nothing to do with race.
    It is about money.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  45. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I can appreciate Gary's report, but, like Tom Foreman said, some of those jobs are in areas like construction which many Americans would love to have, but employers prefer cheap labor that cannot demand health care and other entitlements.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  46. Lynn

    I reside in Monterey County where we have a majority of the illegal immigrants in California. I work for a social services agency. Migrant workers and illegal immigrants get free daycare regardless if the children are born in the US along with food stamps and cash services for the children who are born in the US. They are also elgible for housing assistance regardless of their immigration status.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  47. David Trzil

    It is just wrong to say that an officer can't check your "status" and to differentiate that with an "action" such as jay walking. If you are pulled over for an "action" like speeding, they quicly check your "status" to make sure you are a licensed driver and not a wanted criminal.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  48. Karen, MN

    Hi Anderson and everyone

    July 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  49. Jim

    "Taking Jobs Americans won't do"- BULL!!! I am an American Born & Raised & I have DONE those jobs!!!!

    July 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  50. Emily

    @Jo Ann,
    I remember you mentioned that Gary had tweeted yesterday about picking grapes for 8 yrs! It gave me a great laugh to read. That really was another terrific report by Gary. It really did look like boring work.

    July 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
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