Obama Weighs in on Arizona Law

By: Chip Brewster Email
By: Chip Brewster Email

President Obama is calling a new Arizona law requiring police officers to check for immigration paperwork a "shortcut" rather than a solution to a problem. Many in the Stateline disagree.

In addition to new police standards the controversial law also puts a stop on hiring day workers off the street. Some say it forces racial profiling while others feel it's a needed step.

"When they do stop people they'll ask them for their driver's license. If they don't present a driver's license they'll ask them for another form of I.D. If they don't present that they'll ask them for their social security. If they don't present that then they'll start being suspicious, 'Well maybe this person is not who he says he is.' I don't think that that's racist I think that that's diligent."

David Hale led a Rockford Tea Party meeting tonight where immigration was one of many issues discussed. Hale is among supporters for Arizona's push of stronger immigration enforcement. He notes the fiscal damage not reforming can have on a state's budget.

While many Stateliners agree with hale some say it's impossible for officers to not racially profile under the new law and it goes against what the U.S. stands for.

"you know we're all here for one purpose, you know, to survive. It's not that we have a choice, but this is a better choice, you know. This is a better way of living and this is a better country for us," says Janesville resident Maximo Rarriaga.

Obama also said he believes the law is a product of people's frustrations with the U.S. border, but empowering local law enforcement to stop people on the suspicion of being illegal is a mistake. When the president was asked if a federal intervention would take place he responded his administration was looking into it. He also said any sort of federal bill dealing with immigration issues would most likely not be passed within the next year.

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  • by Keith Location: Stillman Valley on May 6, 2010 at 05:03 AM
    First off the laws of Arizona are its States rights and the Federal Government has no authority getting involved. These Mexaicans protested over the weekend burned occupied builds where families were eating (12 to be exact). The media didn't say a word how they were screaming Plan of San Diego (google that one). They're here to become voters for the Globalist Bankers that have taken control of our government. They're planning on these illegal aliens to vote for things like gun control and continued striping away of the constitution and bill of rights. The have no business being here, nor does any other illegal alien. They come here, have an anchor baby, then demand free housing, free healthcare, wellfare, and demand the same rights as we do. It's time to vote out every politician in Washington (Democrat or Republican) because they're both on the same page. What difference is Obama than bush? We need to start the deportation with him, he was born in Mombasa Kenya, not Hawaii.
  • by Sue Location: RKFD on May 3, 2010 at 06:29 AM
    When did we start to choose which Laws we must enforce and obey?? This is what the Feds have been doing. What part of "Illegal" don't these people understand? Now innocent American Citizens are dying and paying the price. (People of ALL colors and backgrounds, not just white people.) These people coming are law breakers, no respect for the Law. Why would we want them here on our streets? Lack of character is the issue. Not ethnic backgrounds. And Mexico can butt out, these are people that they do not want. Take a peek at their Laws on illegal immegrants! Arizona has no choice but to take care of it themselves. Illinois? Big joke! Like our government is honest and obeys the laws. Not hardly. And everyone knows it all across the 50 States. Makes you proud huh?
  • by DAN Location: ROCKFORD on May 1, 2010 at 06:04 AM
    IS THIS THE CHANGE OBAMA SAID WOULD HAPPEN?MORE CRIME COMING ACROSS THE BOARDER.JUST LOOK AT ALL THE DRUGS AND THUGS COMING HERE FROM MEXICO.WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM IT.OBAMA NEEDS TO STEP UP AND DEMAND MEXICO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT OR FACE CLOSING OF THE BOARDER TO TRADE.MAYBE IF THE GOVERMENT THERE IS FORCED TO TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR BOARDERS AND PROVIDE BETTER FOR THEIR PEOPLE WE BOTH WIN.
  • by Tim Location: Rockford on Apr 29, 2010 at 05:36 PM
    Go ahead and let them follow suit. You don't get that it's unconstitutional, and they'll be pegged off one after another. Border security is a federal responsibility and a state can't pass a law over a constitutional mandate. Simple. Let the federal do their job, and maybe this will prod them to (while you complain about Obama, the issue has become a mess because so flagrantly pandered to the hispanic vote for eight years). The means don't justify the end when the laws are already ON the book but not administered effectively.
  • by Erin Location: Belvidere on Apr 29, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    Obama has done nothing to impress me. I agree with the law and thinks that Illinois should follow suit.
  • by dan Location: rockford on Apr 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL WITHOUT LAWS WE ARE NO BETTER THAN ANIMALS.WHAT I DONT UNDERSTAND IS THAT WHY COME HERE TO SLOVE YOUR PROBLEMS YOU HAVE THERE?THE U.S.A. WAS BUILT ON THE BELIVE IF YOU DONT LIKE THE WAYS THINGS ARE RUN IN YOUR GOVERMENT YOU CAN CHANGE IT.MEXICAN PEOPLE NEED TO SHOW SOME PRIDE IN BEING ABLE TO HELP THEIRSELFS.WHAT DO THINK WOULD HAPPEN IF THEY SAID NO MORE AND MARCHED TO THE BOARDER AND DEMANDED CHANGE THERE?
  • by AL Location: popular grove on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:51 AM
    I totally agree with the law..Other states must follow.
  • by Joe Location: Free America on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    Obama was elected president to watch over the interests of the American people not the interests of the democratic party and certainly not the interests of Mexico. We have laws on the books to stop ILLEGAL immigration and he needs to put Americas interests firsts. GUTLESS politicians are destroying this country and WE THE PEOPLE stand by and watch it happen.
  • by Tim on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:18 AM
    David Hale talks out of both sides of his mouth. The whole tea movement is allegedly about the constitution, while this law (no matter how admirable the intent) circumvents it. His own national leader is against. More than a handful of prominent republicans are against it. A vocal sheriff of the Arizona border county is against it for it's constitutionality and the questionable provision that any citizen can sue them (the police) for not properly enforcing it. Whereas the enforce the existing laws and turn illegals over to border police, they would now have to clog their county jails and courts under this version. The people may want these laws, but I don't believe most of them want to subvert the constitution to do it. They want the existing people to do their jobs. And Steve, Both sides want votes.
  • by Steve Location: Rockford, IL. on Apr 29, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    The only thing Obama wants are votes.
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