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. Ron

    It seems to me that when ever there is a problem our law makers best fix a problem is to make a new law. I think our law makers should try to figure what we can do for Mexicans to stay down in Mexico rather than coming to the US. I also see this adding more work to the Police and I am sure this will cost the tax payers more money. Plus all I can see now is the people just going somewhere else rather than dealing with the problem as I said earlier lets fine a way to help them to want to stay in Mexico.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  2. Helen

    Rangel needs to go to jail.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  3. Anthony C. Medina

    I thought I was the only Hispanic that support 1070 until I saw Jesse Hernandez

    July 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  4. Dodie

    illegals are receiving benefits and help from the government

    July 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  5. Vee, Mn

    What happens in Mexico if you're pulled over and don't carry the proper documentation of who you are and where you're from? Everyone in the U.S. is asked to provide some identification at various times...why is this even an issue? Arizona has it right!

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

    @Samantha I understand what you mean. As a young teenager in NY state I worked side by side on vegetable farms with migrant workers, and I understand it affects the entire country. Many became good friends. Issues, news and attention is paid more to this in border regions than the rest of the country so unfortunately, most people don't understand the real issues as well as those in border states because it is not brought to the forefront of news until something like this Arizona law issue comes up.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm |
  7. Ernest

    Everyday that passes it becomes more amazing to me that we cannot come up with solutions to the problems that effect America and Americana as a hole. Republicans and Democrats should stop the political games and get this problem solved. There is a viable answer to make the vast majority of Americans happy. It is time to do something. Government get the job done,or move out the way and let someone else do it! November is coming!!!!!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  8. Edward

    Hello Everyone,

    I don't think there is gray in this matter. You are either illegal or legal. I am against harassment and more important against discrimination which this laws seems to be based on. White or black people, even if they are here illegally won't be questioned. I wish however that the world stops judging that law as the worst thing USA could have done. Read Mexico constitution and then talk. Complaining about losing your job I rarely see an American doing landscaping anymore. We've gotten lazy and we don't to do any hardwork anymore. Yes this country was built on Immigrants but that doesn't mean we need to break all the laws. Of course this is simply my opinion.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  9. deepak

    If Arizona law is upheld the way they want, then what other 52 states passes their own immigration laws. Lets be realistic and let concerned/federal authority do its job.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  10. Kayteee

    "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."

    And that, my dear is the problem with racial profiling! It just does not work and it is not right.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  11. Emily

    This should not be something where you are thinking of yourself as an American first or Mexican...
    It's whether or not you are a criminal or a law-abiding citizen.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  12. JACK

    If someone is stopped for speeding and cannot produce a Driver's license, does not have a registration in his/her name and does not know what there address is- do you think just maybe they are here illegally. Lets get real people–

    July 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  13. Dale/Newport

    What we have here with the jugges decision is a true case of reverse decrimanation against the American people,wheres the ACLU,when the U.S. needs them to take a stand for America?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  14. Doe

    The majority of the people that make the Laws against illegal immigration, are here illegally. Just ask the American Indian.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  15. Dan

    Criminal illegals aliens cost AZ. taxpayers 2.7 billion dollars a year. Do you need to ask why were outraged!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  16. Brett

    It's funny to me how, in the media, people always bring up the constitution when talking about illegal immigration. Rev. Sharpton brought up the point of profiling. Really would somebody that a U.S. Citizen have a problem when asked to show their ID or visa papers? If you do then more than likely you're not supposed to be here.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  17. Rick Miller

    I find it pretty amazing that the same people that are criticizing Arizona and what a majority of Americans are demanding be finally done in this country. Are calling it Unconstitutional and we should do "Nothing" so that we don't offend anyone. These are the same people that agreed with the health care bill even though it may be un constitutional, doing "something is better than doing nothing". What use to be a democracy is now an Hypocracy.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  18. tony

    You can't touch this one.....or would you even try? Has anyone in the media asked the loved ones of the 35,000 U.S. Citizens who have been killed by Illegal Aliens(they do not deserve the higher status of Illegal Immigrants) how they feel about amnesty and the total failure of the U.S. Government to secure our Borders? It seems as though every loud-mouthed politician can voice their opinions to millions with no problem. Is the media afraid to show America the other side of the Coin? My son was murdered by a Illegal Immigrant....ask me what I think of the situation!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  19. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Mexico has some good doctors at really afforable prices. Americans need to go there more! If illegals get it free here, let's get our discount in Mexico!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  20. charlen Hill Womack

    Look at Australia's immigration laws. They are so smart.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  21. Gerald Stafford

    Everyone is concerned about racial profiling and suggest the new law is a violation of civil rights for those in the country legally. I fail to understand how being asked to demonstrate your legal right to be in the United States is a violation of these civil rights. I've never considered my rights to be violated when asked to show my driver's license during a traffic stop.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  22. Keith in CT

    You'll be hard pressed to find anyone who is anti-immigration

    But, there are many of us who are anti-illegal immigration.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  23. Marge

    I don't understand how illegals can still look for work and be hired-even though businesses aren't supposed to hire them. I think all those protesters in AZ should be arrested – probably half of them are illegal. Yes, I'm from a AZ border town. Come live here for a while.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  24. Lynne

    I am frustrated at the reasoning that Arizona 1070 supercedes federal law while it copies many facets of the federal law. While other states have superceded federal laws by passing state bills that allow the manufactor and distribution of marijuana.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  25. Erik Smidth

    I thought this country was developed by the indigenous people who do not need any permissions to move freely and work freely throughout their own continent which had been invaded by Europeans who operate under maritime law. The nationality of Europeans have no right determining law and indigenous peoples lands.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  26. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    My 1st generation families come to american from Norway and Iceland, they didn't have to registered, but they don't have be legal come here in U.S.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  27. joe

    Arizona has the right idea and I hope stands up to the government!
    They come here and get everything free that we as American citizens pay for.. Ship them all back on a bus or in a box. I lived in Texas and have seen the damage first hand

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  28. Baba

    I honestly thought that America was the land of Freedom! Quick question: will they ask Caucasian Mexicans for their immigration status?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  29. SteveKJR

    Do you would think we would be having this problem with Arizona wanting to get rid of the illegals if the federal government was doing it's job?

    It's the federal government thats causing the problem, not Arizona.


    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  30. Lina, SF, CA

    I just saw your segment on Arizona Immigration Laws. Proponents of the law keep mentioning that law enforcement agents will need to have "probable cause" or "reasonable suspicion" to ask whether a suspect is in the U.S. legally. None of them, however, defined what exactly would force law enforcement agents to develop this "probable cause." Is it when a suspect speaks with an accent? Or if a suspect does not have a U.S. issued ID card? Or is it just because a suspect looks like Latino? Thank you.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm |
  31. dawn MI

    I don't see what the big deal is about showing their citizenship papers,
    Any american that is pulled over by a police officer has to show his or her ID and thinks nothing about it!

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

    They are correct. Government agencies have illegals on their caseload and nothing is being done about it

    July 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  33. Ron MacLeod

    I am in Canada and even I agree with the Arizona law. The US is facing a dismal future if it does not stand up for its laws. While I am saddened by the prospect of racial profiling this appears to be the price you need to pay to resolve a very destructive force in your country. Yes profiling should be discouraged but it is not the overriding issue. The issue is the illegal immigrant one and it is huge and growing. Stop it now or America takes a great fall.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  34. steve

    my wife was born in Germany but she is a US citizen now...BUT for 20 years she carried a green card, every day & every where she went..it is A FEDERAL law if you are here legally you carry it so all i can say is 'GO ARIZONA"

    July 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  35. Nancy Adkins

    This spring, I was stopped at the border and questioned. There were several homeled thand security people. They did not let me go until I explained that I was of Italian descent and not Mexican. I believe that It was a case if racial profile.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  36. Jimmy

    This Ariz. Law empowers police with duties reserved for border agents. Police should stay on task. We need more border agents. Don't take America full circle back to Civil War days where states' rights and union rights clash.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  37. Emily

    That's also a fire hazard...among other things
    all those people in one small room.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  38. Terry

    ANd why doesn't Rev Al suggest a solution to the problem rather than criticize the Arizona law. For those of you protesting, PLEASE give your thoughts on how Arizona and other border states can protect their borders????????????? Whatis the alternative???

    July 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  39. Jason, sunnyvale ca

    if you read the law.. it is clearly written to hold the police accountable for enforcement of federal policy. when the domestic violence laws were put into place it was up to the officers discretion to enforce them.. now it is mandatory. each state had to pass laws within their state to make it mandatory to enforce the law. this is no different. 1070 is clearly written to close the state loopholes for enforcement. follow the money. the first one to cry FOUL was the police.. to the point of a lawsuit. why would they not want to have to do their JOB? 1070 is clearly written to make the agencies ACCOUNTABLE to enforce a FEDERAL LAW.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  40. Connie

    I favor the law – but am disappointed that the Federal Government does not uphold the laws. The state of Arizona is trying to do the right thing and of course the illegals are against it.

    Just ask everyone regardless of race and that should solve the issue. no profiling, we legal citizens would be happy to show you our documents! Everyone else should just apply if they want to be here legally.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  41. Dodie

    Illegal immigrants are used as shown by Anderson. If not for them, an apple would cost us $5 each

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  42. ROBERT

    I can not go to Arizona this winter because I do not have papers showing I am Legal. I don't look Hispanic but what would I do if ICE sent me to Mexico?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  43. vic , nashville tn

    We are talking about who cross the broader why we don’t want to talk about boarder cross the people

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  44. Marie Scott

    The Arizona immigration law reminds me of the times when slaves had to show their freedom papers or suffer dire consequences. Have we regressed so far backward?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  45. Mandy

    Federal Immigration Reform is the real answer, not intimidation and gestapo tactics. Congress: we need it soon!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  46. charlen Hill Womack

    Don't some of you understand that you are opening the border to all. Others have to wait to become citizens and come legally. My family did.
    These people pay no taxes and are given all of the perks of citizenship. You my friends are paying for this.
    If you are legit why have a problem showing it. America wake up. In protecting freedom for a few we are loosing our own freedom of our country

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  47. Kishor Mendhekar

    I support the Ariz. immigration law but I have a question why Ariz not asking Homeland security to give access to the immigration database to all the law enforcement officers that way they can easily check the status instead of asking the documents.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  48. Emily

    That doesn't make it any better!
    (that they are just looking to work hard; it's no excuse)

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  49. julie

    All other countries have laws against people entering illegally. Mexico has very strick laws and fees and fines if you go there to work legally. When you go to any other country you must have your passport with you at all times or be taken into custody. It is shameful that anyone would have the nerve to suggest that the U.S. should not be able to have the same respect and laws of all other countries and have the right to protect its borders. Anyone who speaks up against this should be snuck into Mexico and let suffer the consequences. Illegal means you have broken the law and henceforth a criminal.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:21 pm |
  50. Monica

    so what exactly does illegal look like? Do they know? And how do other countries deal with this?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
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