April 28th, 2010
08:57 AM ET
13 years ago

House Dems to decry Arizona law

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/28/art.grijalva.rally.0424.gi.jpg caption="Demonstrators in Tuscon, Arizona, attend a rally organized by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, to denounce Arizona's new immigration law."]Washington (CNN) - Democratic House members will hold a news conference Wednesday on Capitol Hill to denounce Arizona's new immigration law, arguably the toughest in the nation, and renew the push for federal reform legislation.

The new law, signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week, requires police officers in the state to determine whether people are in the United States legally if there is a reason to suspect they aren't.

Slated to go into effect 90 days after the close of Arizona's legislative session, the law would require immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times. Before that, officers could check someone's immigration status only if that person was suspected in another crime.

Members scheduled to speak include Reps. Xavier Becerra, D-California; Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona; Luis Gutierrez, D-Illinois; Mike Honda, D-California; Nydia Velazquez, D-New York; Joseph Crowley, D-New York; and Jared Polis, D-Colorado, among others.

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  1. Brenda

    The Democrats are FOOLS.........

    They have not figured out........That just like the majority in Arizona support the new law (70%)-–the majority in the country support Arizona and its new law as well.

    Rasmussen released national poll results--the majority in the country support Arizona (60%)--77% Reps, 62% Inds, and half of the Democrats!!!

    And, a Representative from Utah announced on Fox last night, that Utah is already looking into passing the same laws.

    Go home illegals. The majority in the country will NOT let any form of amnesty pass. The majority in our country want our immigration laws enforced-–which includes arrest/deport anyone who is in our country illegally.

    April 28, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. SethC

    My gosh such a ruckus over what? Being called on being legal, what is wrong with that, its not racial profiling, its the LAW! Being hispanic myself I am not scared of the law, just carry my paperwork with me, and go to my job, and do my business, what is wrong with it. Lord, let get a grip here. This is being taken over the line, and its coming from the illegals. And you Americans are listening. We have to abide by the law simple.

    April 28, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Dano

    While I don't agree with the Arizona law (will I be stopped and questioned because I have dark hair and my skin is a shade or two darker than white?), I do agree that illegal immigration must be addressed. A better solution to me is to go after the companies that employ illegals. If there weren't jobs for them the illegals wouldn't keep coming to America. IF the law is not found unconstitutional, I wonder how many light skinned people will be forced to prove they're not illegal immigrants from Canada?

    April 28, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. New Age Independant

    So Democrats want to make it illegal to enforce the law? Will Democrats ever make our health and safety a priority over creating votes by any means possible?

    Entering the country is illegal, and the Democrats could care less about our own citizens that are hurt by the flow of illegals. Democrats have only made the problem worse by their plans to grant amnesty to illegals. It's no wonder that they continue to come across, and no wonder why Democrats don't want to stop it. They would rather work on their stupid climate bill? Democrats have lost their mind on this one.

    April 28, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Tony in Maine

    Just as Dubya did at Tora Bora, I'm sure we could outsource the job to one of the drug cartels or maybe rent a division of ex-Soviet border guards. They'd be trained and ready to go.

    Then we could treated to video of Mexicans dodging machine gun bullets or stepping on landmines.

    April 28, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. PalmReader

    Listening to all the caterwauling from the right, one would think that Immigration Reform is a new concept, rather than a decades old problem.

    Guess these same GOP lawmakers haven't yet realized that the enacting of laws is why they were elected by the people to serve in Congress to begin with. Therefore, it is THEY who have dropped the ball on Immigration Reform, not Obama.

    Interesting that the party of Take Down That Wall, Gorbachev has now become the party of Put Up That Wall, Obama.

    April 28, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. marco

    I think republicans should show proof of citizenship as well as prove that they are humans.

    April 28, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Independant

    this problem should have been acted on a few decades ago, not obly in Arizona but in the other states as well. Arizona isn't the only state with illegals, ALL the states have them. Now things have gotten so that such drastic maeasures as that law has become active and causing controversies. I dread to think just how far will this get before the US government acts to stem the flow of illegals.

    April 28, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Fix The Problem ... Not the blame

    Illegal Immigrants come here because they can be hired. Companies hire them because they are allowed to.

    Republicans ... you want to reduce illegal immigration? Prosecute exploitive business owners that hire illegal workers at below market rates.

    If you are serious, you'll address ROOT CAUSE instead of the COP STOP approach in that token 1070 law.

    April 28, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Independant

    I have been reading several comments that called for boycotting Arizona, that is not the answer. Such a stupid act will only cause more desention and hatred amongst the people. It's time to start doing something real strange–THINK LOGICALLY AND ACT LOGICALLY. People don't be stupid all the time, our government is doing enough of that already.

    April 28, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Capt. Snarky

    I fully support AZ on this one. The Government has looked the other way on Border Security for years now, mainly a reflection of a hidden Open Border's Agenda. AZ is just doing what .Gov is supposed to be doing, protecting it's citizens.

    April 28, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. phoenix86

    The federal government refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem with illegal aliens and the border. Then the dems decry the governors for acting to defend their citizens because the feds won't.

    Pretty pathetic that the dems are more concerned with illegal aliens then they are with citizens.

    April 28, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. WHAT

    What will they do?, will they hire crazed gunmen to roam the Countryside like they did for the runaway slaves, asking to see their papers.

    April 28, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. Felicia Rolley

    The democrats are not concerned with the well- being of the country; they are concerned only with party politics. They are destroying the economy of our country, indeed may have already done so, and are also working on destroying the Constitution so Obama can have every idiotic, schoolboy thing he wants.

    April 28, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. jerseylou

    Oh my goodness......where was all these people when Bush was in office for the past 8 years? It's to late for anyone to do anything with the immigration problem get happy with your new neighbors.Lay the blame on the repugs,they wanted cheap labor and the latin vote.Now the fools are trying to put the tooth paste back in the tube!

    April 28, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. Stacie

    The tea party, "don't tread on me", folks who want government out of their lives should be fighting this bill, unless of course they don't care because they don't LOOK like an illegal immigrant. Did you know there are people here illegally from European countries too? I bet if all of us European Americans (white folks) had to carry papers proving our citizenship every time we walked down the street, we'd be protesting too. How many of you carry your birth certificate when walking your kid to the school bus stop in the morning???

    April 28, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. stevegee

    If you're in this country illegally, Arizona and any other state has the right to arrest you and deport you! If you want a better life, get out and then get in line like every other legal immigrant.

    The Democrats just want more Socialist voters who are hooked on government welfare. That's the only reason they're so against securing our borders.

    November 2010 can't come soon enough! The conservative resurgence is going to take back our country, and secure our freedom and liberty.

    April 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  18. Jay T.

    Arizona is where old and senile Pacific Northwestern and Southern Californian conserva-bots go to die.

    April 28, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Right Leaning Independent

    Cry on Dems! If you are here illegally go home and than we can rescind this law since there will be no need for it!!

    April 28, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  20. Bill from GA

    No one who entered this country illegally should get Citizenship, unless they go home and get in the back of the line. They have no respect for our laws.

    If they would stay home and vote, Mexico might respond to its domestic problems and fix some of them. Mexico is a great, rich country with many resources, hoarded by the rich few. We do them a dis-service by being their safety valve, taking pressure off their government by allowing their dissatisfied citizens to come here in droves.

    April 28, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Right Leaning Independent

    Dems see the deportation of illegals as deportation of potential voters!! This is all about politics and expanding their voter base!!

    April 28, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. Anonymous

    This is a racist law and it is unconstitutional. If you want to control illegal immigration then block the border and penalize businesses for hiring illegal immigrants.

    People from third world countries will try to come over to "work" for a better life in America.

    Dont put Hispanics through the humiliation of having to carry proof for law enforcement. Whats next, a bracelet around the arm like the Nazis did to the Jews??? If the governor of Arizona doesn't think this is profiling then what is?? You think a white person will be pulled over and asked for papers by a police officer?? This is BS!!

    April 28, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. m.e. brumley

    Stay in there Arizona! Your decisions and legislation were the right actions to take.

    April 28, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |