July 29th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Ariz. Immigration Law Takes Effect: Join the Live Chat

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Arizona's new immigration laws went into effect today and sparked protests that are still going on tonight. We'll have all the angles. Plus, Congressman Charlie Rangel can't make a deal to avoid a potentially embarrassing public trial. He's facing 13 ethics charges. We'll talk it over with CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and Gloria Borger.

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  1. Sandra Jackson

    I wish the people against the Arizona Law could understand that Americans will not be bullied in their own country, and by crying "wolf" now, will not leave any room for sympathy later, when the feds step it up.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  2. Dodie

    If immigration is not controlled by the federal government, we could easily end up in chaos!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  3. Brad Ohio

    Enforcing the laws and providing immigration reform will help stop the trafficking and exploitation of these poor people. It would be nice to never hear of a truckload of people found dead in the desert. There's a fine line between profiling and asking a prudent question, and law enforcement has every right to ascertain the facts when interviewing a detainee.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    We must protect our laws or else we have no control of our democracy .

    July 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  5. Luke

    When a cop pulls someone over, they check for warrants, isnt checking for citizen status basically the same thing

    July 29, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  6. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I think Arizona has a right to protect their borders,,as with all border states.Their are so many that want to do harm to our country..........But I don't think the sheriff has the right to just pluck people off the streets due to their color.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  7. Larry

    Obama is trying to get more of the Hispanic vote, by doing nothing to help the citizens of Arizona.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  8. Alayne

    I supported the Arizona economy this summer. While we were there, we were stopped at four different border patrol (federal) check points. We stopped at each one, and each border patrolman gave us a once over and waved us through. I think one actually asked if I was an American. Now, either they saw my pasty white skin (and Bram's) and waved us through (profiling) or they waved everybody through (incompetence).
    And yet, the federal government slams Arizona's law. Wouldn't the border patrol profiling be an example of hypocrisy? Arizona is not proposing anything similar to that.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  9. Dodie

    the Patriot Act imposed by the Bush administration has also greatly reduced all Americans' civil rights

    July 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    But the federal laws are not being inforced by our administrations past or present .

    July 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  11. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I wish Anderson would talk about the immigrants who have waited their turn and have come into this country legally every day. I would like to hear what they say about these border crashers.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  12. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That is reason they want them get deporting back other countries without background for registered being legal.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  13. Jane - WI

    We should have the same immigration laws as Mexico does. Mexico tells us we should take their poor people into our country, but does Mexico do the same with immigrants from their neighboring countries to the south of them?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  14. Sophia Garcia

    So were they running warrants on suspected criminals or were they targeting communities that they knew to be predominantly Hispanic?

    How did they just happen to round up a whole lotta Mexicans who "just happened" to be criminals who also "just happened" to be illegal immigrants?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I think alot of people forget that the U.S was created by immigrants. There were some that were here legally and there are some that were here illegally, but how do we really know if they were here legally or not? I know where my ancestors came from but I could not tell you if they came here legally or not, I have never been to Ellis Island and Im sure there are alot of others who haven't either, so we cannot say for sure.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    "That is just horrible! They do not have the skills to even identify illegal immigrants!"

    July 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Eric Walker, Miami FL

    Republicans cease to amaze me! Why is it that that when they become so concerned with the problems of its citizens, they pick on the poor. In the 80's it was 3 strikes your out. If they want to stop the hiring of illegal immigrants propose a $25K/employee fine on companies. If they can not find jobs they will go. There is no need to harrass them

    July 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  18. debbie

    God bless AZ. Thank you so much. Thank you,,,, Thank you

    July 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  19. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    @ Brad, NEOhio
    "the rest of the country that does not live in border regions really do not understand the impact of illegal aliens"

    I'm not sure I fully agree with you. Having being raised in Arizona, the situation out there is a big deal, but now that I live in Tennessee, we here face the same issues of illegal aliens; which was decided years ago to resolve by the issuance of driver's licenses. Not sure that's working too well, as those drivers are often times uninsured. I suppose our current day problems are not to the extent the border states face. We have illegal aliens working all throughout the state; and I would imagine this is the case in most states of the Union.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    But Mr. Sharpton our standing American laws are being chastised by beurocrates .

    July 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Jane - WI

    This law hadn't even gone into effect before the judge SUSPECTED that it might lead to racism. How about waiting until it goes into effect and see what reality is?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  22. Dodie

    My concern is the division within the US.. It is important that the federal government oversee immigration and the laws concerned...
    eritas vos liberabit

    July 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Heyward

    I support Arizona SB1070 and a huge supporter of Sheriff Joe Apraio (have been a fan for years). We have an immigration system where over One Million people immigrate into our country legally and lawfully every year. To date no one has explained why these illegal aliens deserve any consideration for a path to citizenship or anything else short of deportation. It seems to me the only people complaining are the people who broke the law in the first place. Immigrate into America legally and lawfully and we welcome you with open arms,entering any other way and no you are not welcomed rightfully so.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Jerry

    This is the governments fault. They are derilict if following the law. If you are want to come to this country and live here there is a correct way to do it. If not then you sould not be allowe to live in this country.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  25. George Lakis

    It took me 19 months To get my visa in 1965,OK!We had the cold war I they had to screen me.For the shake of everybody 's security,at least screen everyone that comes over the borders and entries,is worth the cost....

    July 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    If the feds were doing their jobs we wouldn't have this mess now.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  27. james La.

    AZ is USA and we are at war finish fence secure report & deport

    July 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  28. Mandy

    Sheriff Apaio scares me. I wonder if I get pulled over for a traffic infraction and have forgotten my driver's license, he'll direct his deputies to detain me (a U.S. CITIZEN of Mexican descent), despite what Judge Bolton said. That's what got most of us worried; the inevitable profiling. I am AGAINST illegal immigration, but VEHEMENTLY AFRAID of profiling when my family has been here 3 generations!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  29. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Sheriff Arpaio is following the law and that is his job. Illegal immigration is still a crime.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
  30. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    We won't accept that cops arresting aliens being racism. I agree with man said.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  31. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Why does America have laws if there not taken to heart why are our laws not being up held .

    July 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  32. Larry

    Why is the Federal government not enforcing the laws that are on the books?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm |
  33. james La.

    how can illegals be above the law we americans have to show ID

    July 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  34. Jane - WI

    So was the guy you interviewed tonight pulled over for absolutely nothing? Was there some other infraction that he was pulled over for first?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  35. Heather - Spokane, WA

    What about putting a few more immigration offices on the border so that anyone who wants to be here can register and immigrate the correct way? That way it can also create jobs

    July 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Yup! I saw this..... that is so horrible I have seen all over the streets!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  37. Jane - WI

    Good for Sheriff Arpaio. We need more of him to stand up to the lawbreakers across the country.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    1984 seems so far away now ....

    July 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. Sounds like an interesting show tonight. I've been watching the Arizona protests today.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Wow!!!!! Many people are protesting at City Hall in Phoenix against Governor Brewer!!! YIKES!! and I agree with protesters too.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  41. Micaela

    It is very sad that we have come to this point. I am sure there are many other ways that the goverment can go about imigration. This is not the way.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:02 pm |
  42. Kenya

    Those images from Arizona are a bit disturbing...
    Hi everyone.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Good evening Anderson, AC360 Team and fellow bloggers!

    Looking forward to a great show tonight.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  44. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening.
    Looking forward to tonights show.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  45. Brad - NEOhio

    Good evening Anderson and all. It seems that the rest of the country that does not live in border regions really do not understand the impact of illegal aliens. It's about time to publish cold hard facts and figures as to how much illegal aliens are costing US taxpers who are citizens. When you start to put a price tag on it, people take notice.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  46. Paula, Colorado

    Hi! It's great to see you on–sounds like an interesting program tonight.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Joe, Tom, Nicole, Emily, Gloria, Dodie, Mike, Casey, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, Lori, Adelaide, BettyAnn, Heather, Starr, Sharon, Gabriela, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Charlotte, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya others and my friend Facebook Bloggers!!!!

    Thanks for coming in for join us tonight! 😀
    Happy Thursday night!!!! 🙂

    July 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Good evening Anderson and 360 team!

    Hello friends! 🙂

    July 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone

    July 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
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