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. Eric Walker, Miami FL

    The Sharrod lawsuit is no-joke. Fox News and O'rielly hurried up and apoligize on the airwaves today. Did anybody notice?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  2. Elizabeth Koeneman

    I am a legal resident of the United States for 6 years. I am from the State of Florida and I support the Arizona Law because I pay high taxes in this country that I consider mine cause I adopted this culture as my own for more than 10 years since I started working for the American Embassy in Colombia. I have never used any benefits and I do not want to keep paying high taxes for ilegal inmigrants to live freely because it is obvious they prefer our system of easy benefits instead of working to fix up their own nations.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  3. Rob

    can we find a way to enforce immigration laws without harassing US citizens

    July 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I pray for amnisty for Charly Rangel .

    July 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  5. Emily

    @Sharon Hastings,
    "Talk about humiliation. It's embarrassing to all of us to have these corrupt people in congress"

    No wonder things like border security, and immigration has not been enforced! Look at the people that are elected? (and for decades...)

    July 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  6. mae, la

    why arizona didn't try passing their law when bush was in office

    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  7. Libby ~

    Joe- Term limits are the answer I think. When either party is in too long, these sort of things are more likely to happen. :-/

    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  8. erika

    When we are talking about illigal immigrants, why do we only mention latinos, mexicans? what about the chinese? europeans? russians? most of them are also illigal in this country.
    what about the government give out driver's license, to insure we are protected on the road and make all of them pay taxes? but what about all of the puerto ricans that come here to live on wellfare?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  9. Larry

    Can be sure that Rangel has a 'golden parachute' waiting for him.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  10. Sandy

    I can't stop laughing. It's just the way Anderson said, when he pointed to Charlie Rangel pic. "Then there's this" and there is Mr. Rangel laying passed out on a lounge chair on the beach, shorts rolled up, arms hanging down....it was a sight to behold. Our leaders are so dignified.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  11. Albert Tucson AZ

    It is sad that politicians are dividing our country, even sadder that citizens fall for their games. Why can't we go after employer's ? . It is so simple take away the jobs and they will stop coming. Wake up America !

    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  12. ROBERT

    Thanks for the forum Anderson.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  13. Keith in CT

    The boarder security issue is really just so silly – the most powerful country in the world can't secure it's boarder.

    It's pretty simple – you build two parallel fences and patrol them.

    It works in Israel, it will work here.

    Once secure – you can work on the rest of the immigration issues – without boarder security – you can't.

    It's really that simple – and the President simply won't do it.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  14. Tony Perez

    Mexican immigration is simply bad immigration. There is a problem when you immigrate and are not willing to change your socialist views. This is a Capitalist country, one that thrives from good immigration; pioneers and entrepreneurship not corruption.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  15. Leslie

    I find it amazing that American citizens can't get into Mexico without being asked for their Passports / Visa's, yet America can't do the same when the law to enforce it is on the books. The word "illegal" has a defined meaning. Anyone who enters our country without a Visa or Passport is breaking the law. It's that simple.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  16. JACK

    Why doesen't the Mexican president- Mr. Calderon keep his citizens in Mexico. I do not want to pay for their babies to be born here, and health insurance, and social security etc.- etc. Secure our borders, and stop the illegal entry into the US

    July 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  17. Fareed

    I am an immigrant myself. I think every body should carry ID all the time. And I am perfectly OK if a law officer stops me and ask me about my ID and immigration status. I have nothing to be offended about and nothing to be afraid of; because I am here legally. Those who are making this as an racial issue, are supporting criminals and spread of crime int the US. I hope Arzona law be implimented all over US so nobody lives in this country illegally. I absolutely support Arizona law, because it hepls gaurantee more safety and peace in the coutry.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Sande

    Anderson, I just heard your guests stated that the illegal aliens in Arizona, on the street corner, looking for work are getting Food Stamps. How are they able to qualify for Food Stamps without a Social Security Number? There is also another side of this story. There are many illegal aliens whose employers are deducting taxes from their pay checks and the employers hold that money and it is NEVER turned over to Internal Revenue or Social Security? It is just a scam to pay the illegal aliens, whom they hire, less money under the pretense that it is being withheld to pay taxes.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  19. Bryan

    I am from Canada and don't understand why, if in any country, you commit a crime your citizenship should automatically be checked. If you are illegal or a non-citizen, you should serve your time and be sent back to your country. If you commit petty crime and are illegal well sorry.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  20. Dinah

    If I am pulled over by a policeman...I already have to show my drivers license and registration of my car. These are "PAPERS" Why should I be offended by having to show my birth certificate??? hmmmm...unless I didn't have one.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helen, JoAnn and Betty Ann
    You are absolutely right! Good point there!!!!!! 🙂

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

    What part of "illegal" do people not get? I keep coming back to this. Get in line and join our great country, but do it LEGALLY. Why can't people get it through their thick skulls?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  23. Bill C

    The state senator from Arizona understood all the technical aspects of the law, and stated it well. Rev. Sharpton understood HUMAN NATURE and how it plays out when cued by legal inertia. Al Sharpton is a realist and is good at predicting behavior in particular circumstances. The senator's frustration at illegal immigration is credible and justified; Al Sharpton's concern about profiling is just as credible and justified.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  24. Anthony

    Watching from Thailand-I have my morning to 360 everyday, This law proposws leagal classist racism. For example are the police going to deport an American homless white man with no ID to Mexico?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  25. Tony Mitchell

    Talk about hypocracy the libs want to extend unemployment benefits for American citizens that are out of work . But, do not want to come down on illegals that supress wages and force citizens into unemployment. But, the Republicans are the bad guys for wanting to put Americans to work and send the illegals home.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  26. Andy

    illegal, what is so complicated about that. they have no rights! none! I wish all states would follow Arizona's lead. Other people from other countries come here legal, they learn English, pay taxes, and embrace the American dream! Deport all illegal's, period!!!!!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  27. ROBERT

    Drivers license and SS card is not LEGAL ID. I work in a prison that is full of illegals that have them.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  28. Aaron, Indiana

    Arizona is in the right. They need to have this law in all the states. These illegal screw the American people. I didn't fight for this country for illegals but for Americans. Get rid of them all

    July 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  29. andy of illinios

    arizona wants to create their own laws and i say, let them. since they want to supercede the federal government they should be allowed to move forward and the federal government should take back all federal monies in that state from education to road repairs. let them finance their state themselves. how soon people forget the 60's when we, hispanics, were put through such hatre. so keep promoting hate,hate,hate.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  30. Brad Ohio

    Rangle could resign like Tony Hayward and walk away unscathed.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  31. Kayteee

    And the funny thing is the very people that are screaming "states rights and go back to following the constitution" are the very ones who only want to follow the constitution and laws when it benifits them. The federal gov't controls immigration laws, but no they want the state to do it. Now there is a senator who wants to rewrite the constitution so that a baby born in the US is not automatically a citizen! These people are unbelievable.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  32. Dan

    Dodie, I would rather spend $5 for an apple picked by an American taxpayer, than pay $100,000 for a hospital stay for a criminal illegal alien from Mexico!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  33. Stan

    Why yes it is true that the United States is a melting pot for immigrants. That is okay, Our ancestors came from other countries. But they are legally naturalized. This is not a gratus country for illegals, doesn't matter where they come from. As far as profiling, all immigrants by law are required to register, and carry their cards with them. Isn't that a federal ;law? All legal citizens need not be afraid of profiling unless they don't have paperwork. If they realize we need to get these illegals out. I am not against legal immigrants, but I do not appreciate illegals

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  34. Brandon

    Enforcing immigration laws has nothing to do with it. The constitution is supreme Law, No state has the power to begin doing what it's pleased. Every state law must be in light of the constitution. Things are going to only get worse if "We the People" don't began enforcing our rights.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  35. joe

    If he goes down he takes the rest.. Nothing will change in our government unless we all vote...

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  36. Lori, CA

    I think that he should resign.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  37. Cheryl, Alabama

    Those who think this is a rediculous law must not be paying taxes. We cannot afford them here. If they want to be somewhere else let them go to Afghanistan and my son can come home. We need to stop trying to fix everyone elses problems and fix our own.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  38. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Oh, I have yet to be dissappointed by a politician being dissappointing. Geez~

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  39. greg

    Illegal aliens and their enablers do not really care about racial profiling of American citizens and legal residents. What they really are afraid of is the fact that they mighty be discovered and deported.

    It is as if someone asks to come into your house, you say no and they break in anyway and help themselves to a shower, shave, change of clothes and a steak and a beer from the fridge. When you discover them and thell them to get the hell out they get enraged. After all they did not have time to get a taste of that delicious cheese cake for dessert.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  40. Libby ~

    Anderson.. the Republicans were dead silent during Ensign and Vitter's dirty dealings too.

    Not a double standard at all!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  41. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    I'm sure the IRS would be interested to see if there is any unreported income. Not an institution I want to mess around with.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  42. Doug in AZ

    Marge–Alot of illegals "borrow" from people they know or buy ss cards and ids. They E-verify because they use that name although they are not that person. E-verify stops very little of what it was created to do in Arizona anyway.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  43. Kenya

    13 violations...that's a lot! Good luck Mr. Rangel!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  44. M Marckesano

    I agree with Ernest...November is coming!

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  45. Sharon Hastings

    Talk about humiliation. It's embarrassing to all of us to have these corrupt people in congress. Why do they keep getting elected?? Don't their states they represent care about whether or not the person they have elected is a crook?? This is why people get fed up with politics.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  46. Pat

    I personally have nothing against immigration as long as it's legal. I am pro for the new law in Arizona and think every state should adopt this law. Illegals are not paying taxes, have increased the crime rate and are costing legal taxpayers money. Their taking advantage of our health care system, welfare system, costing millions in prison encarceration and taking subsidized housing priviledges from legal citizens. The American people are fed up and are going to be heard now! GO Arizona! Every state should join in.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  47. Sergio

    Everyone, interesting-bottom line, the Arizona Law, either way- will cost tax payers. Enfocing it, fight it, whtever is just a Net loss. We have serious issues that need to be iron out.

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

    This man was a great war vet and served our country better then most even though he had sticky fingers lets let him have a gift from the people .

    July 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  49. Sophia Garcia

    Americans are clueless about the horrible conditions in Mexico and how opportunity is nearly nonexistent there... Many, many Mexicans work in the U.S. just to care for family members in Mexico, and they work 6 and 7 days a week... I'm 4th generation Mexican-American and it's sad to see Mexican-Americans who have so little compassion for other Latinos just trying to get a legitimate start...

    I guess illegal imigrants are the only people who take advantage of the system and commit despicable crimes! Hmmm?

    July 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  50. Jim

    Tell you what- Why don't we just pardon everyone in our Jails & prisons & turn them loose into the streets- Might as well as the Laws of this Country mean nothing anymore it is ok to come here illegally Nothing is done to you, it is ok to be a corrupt government official nothing is done to you.

    July 29, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
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