August 2nd, 2010
10:08 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 8/2/2010

Editor's note: After Friday's AC360° many of you wrote in with strong opinions on illegal immigration in the US.

I just saw Anderson's interview of Sheriff Arpaio this evening. I was particularly interested in the sheriff's focus on arresting illegal aliens and making sure that they serve out a jail term rather than turn them over to ICE. Do we know who owns the jails in that part of the country? I noticed that the sheriff got pretty testy when cost was mentioned. In Texas most jails are privately owned, thus there is an incentive to keep them full. Could it be that the sheriff either has an interest in a privately owned jail or that the word is out to keep the jails full if they are indeed being run as profit making businesses? Just curious.

Sheriff Joe in AZ is an egomaniac. Giving him airtime feeds that ego that he has been feeding for years. He actually works hard at getting himself airtime every night of the week on the local news. He is never someone short on words and is only in pursuit of propelling his own career. It disgusts me being a 5th generation Phoenician in which my own great grandfather was a sheriff! He does not speak nor get the support or all in Maricopa County!

I am sick & tired of you people talking about the civil rights of illegal immigrants. They are here illegally & have no rights!

How about taking an opinion for what's RIGHT, our laws for instance, instead of grilling people like Arpaio, who are part of the solution instead of being part of the problem under the guise of being "objective"?

If our government would quit giving the illegals WIC vouchers, Medicare, and a life easier than I have. There here illegally they broke the law. They have no rights, end of conversation.

Why not do a show looking at what types of jobs all immigrants (legal & illegal) take from Americans? If the issue is jobs, then look at the whole picture.

I really really like your news show. It is so well done. I can really get all the news. Anderson Cooper needs to be awarded with the best news show on. Thank you. Really liked the immigration issue.

Watched your program on illegal immigrants on employment. But what you neglected to say was whether the employer or illegal employee paid any taxes on that income (state, federal, social security, SDI). The reason an employer will hire an illegal employee is because they save all the tax implications. Why doesn't someone bring up this point? Many US citizens would take these jobs if they didn't have to pay taxes like illegal immigrants. Please point this out. Obama screwed up. He should have offered tax incentives to employers to hire not give money away.

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  1. Pat Gill

    Illegal immigrants should not be awarded citizenship by granting them amnesty.

    Employers should be fined harshly – enough to discourage any future violation of laws.

    Children of illegal immigrants should not be granted citizenship and be given benefits the same as American citizens.

    Illegal immigrants are causing a hardship on Americans and putting our system in jeopardy. Americans can no longer afford to open their doors to anyone who wants to be here.

    August 3, 2010 at 2:26 am |
  2. bob98

    Where is the Environmental Impact Statement on the legal, much less illegal immigration into this country? Is this an valid avenue for protest through the courts? What is the impact?

    August 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  3. Karen

    Recently I heard a comment by one of your news commentators that stated they wondered why the Obama Administrations is not getting recognized for all that they are doings. They implied that Obama,the great communicator is not doing a good job of communicating what his administration has done well. In my opinion information on what is going well is not being communicated because the news media chooses to report things that are trivia instead of really important issues. CNN has often duplicated some of the same behaviors of Fox News by not reporting the total truth and spending too much time with people giving their opinions instead of reporting the facts. You spend very littlet ime on several key legislations that are clearly outlined on the White House. Gov websites. You spend little or no time on key economic changes that positively impact me as a citizen. Too much of your information is spent stirring up use ess political conflicts instead of reporting factual information that would help overworked Americans become more informed. Isn't it the job of the newsmedia to report the facts. Could journalism possibly help to inform the electorate with accurate information instead of ten thousand opinions?Our country would be so much better if journalist practice accurate ethical journalism.

    August 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  4. Jim

    Like I said – You Don't listen & delete comments.

    August 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm |

    I have always watched cnn, because i feel that you are fair and balanced.
    But recently i noticed that when it comes to real sensitive issues, sutch as race, immagration and economics.
    Your net work seems to always feature someone with a phd,master degree or someone with a left or right sided ideal.
    I am 51 years old and i understand the reasons behind a lot of this nations issues, and i am not afraid being honest about the true facts of this country, and until this nation except the truth we can not go foward in any aspect, with race fare housing, job creations and the ability to come together as a nation.
    This country has been divided long enough it is time to heal.

    August 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  6. Augsbee

    Anderson, I thought your report was excellent, I don't think you failed to understand anything as Kathy writes. Kathy is your typical employee who has no idea of the expenses incurred by businesses from payroll taxes, unemployment taxes, community donations, permits, health insurance, commercial auto insurance, worker's compensation, rent, tenant/premises insurance, alarm, state taxes, city taxes, utilities, Liability insurance, shipping, postage, gas, salesperson expense account, advertising, trade show fees, cleaning fees, office supplies, equipment, service contracts, casualty insurance, legal fees, CPA fees, waste disposal, employee loans, cell phones, property taxes, tolls, paychecks, packing goods, water/coffee, meals, maintenance, website cost, printing, banking, travel fees, phones, software fees, bank loans, etc.... Kathy obviously is unaware how many times through out the year owners put personal money into the business for months when customers fail to pay, there are no sales (accts. receivables) or sales are too small and don't cover all expenses.

    August 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  7. kathy

    I'm afraid your presentation on illegal immigration, while somewhat enlightening, really demonstrated the disconnect from the well paid east coast media and the rest of the country. In the segment that talked about immigrants taking jobs, you mentioned that while this was true in very low paying jobs, and perhaps a few individual segments like construction it wasn't true overall. The average household income of immigrants was ONLY 36K. What you apparently failed to realize is that the median household income in 2007 for Americans was 50K [one-half less than that] and that over those making 36K are in the 40th Percentile. Thus, the illegal immigrants you cite are making as much or more than 40% of the households. I do not hold it against immigrants who come here, I hold it against the corporate politics who seek to hold down the wages of ordinary workers so as to increase the profits of the top 5% and create the incredible cash wealth they are sitting on right now as we suffer through an incredible unemployment plague. The elite are always happy to have the target be the illegal immigrant when in fact it is the plutocrat next door and the politicians who use wedge politics to stay in power. That is where the reporting on immigration should be focused instead of trying to just tamp down the anger that is misdirected toward those who work for employers seeking a cheaper way to produce their good, compete against an increasingly cutthroat globalization, and line their own pockets at the top 5% of the wealth ladder where most of the money is.

    August 2, 2010 at 10:34 am |

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