April 28th, 2010
05:41 PM ET

Dems call for overturn of Arizona's immigration law

Congressional Democrats made an impassioned plea on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday for Arizona's new immigration law to be overturned, citing constitutional concerns and other implications for the country.

"This law must be overturned - either legally, politically or with the economic consequences that are beginning to happen to Arizona already because of the law," said Rep. Raul Grijalva, co-chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

The request comes amid a heated debate on Capitol Hill of a comprehensive immigration reform bill - one of President Obama's top domestic priorities.

He called on Obama and the Department of Justice to join in the fight and pursue legal options, adding that this is an issue that needs to be dealt with federally and not by individual states.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that a federal court challenge to the law isn't out of the question.

Holder said the Justice Department was working with the Department of Homeland Security to "decide exactly how we are going to react to it."

Grijalva, who represents Arizona in the House, said the law in his state may be particular to Arizona, but "the implications, the precedent and the Pandora's box that's being opened in Arizona applies to the rest of the nation. ... This is a harbinger of things to come."

He called on Obama and the Department of Justice to join in the fight and pursue legal options, adding that this is an issue that needs to be dealt with federally and not by individual states.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that a federal court challenge to the law isn't out of the question.

Holder said the Justice Department was working with the Department of Homeland Security to "decide exactly how we are going to react to it."

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  1. tigerjoe

    It really scares me that our government is picking and choosing which laws to enforce.......I am wondering that the government of THE UNITED SATES OF AMERICA ought to enforce ALL of the laws and maybe even equally????? .....

    nahhhh ...... not polically correct enough!!!!

    hold on I got it....makes too much sense!!1

    April 28, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pat in Raleigh

    Amen, TigerJoe . . .ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL . . . period!
    No other country in the world puts up with this nonsense. They are smart enough to protect their nations and their citizens from the Pandora's Box of disasters that are pouring into out country from Mexico! See posting #10 . . . Mexico's own rules for citizenship that are nothing short of Draconian! Why should we allow their drug lords, illiterate/uneducated poor, and convicted felons to pour into our country when any one of us would put us in jail for 10 years if we illegally crossed their borders more than once This is insanity that's being deliberately inflamed by politicians who are desperate for the Mexicans' votes and by corrupt industrialists who've been enabled by our government to addict their bottom lines to a whole new class of slave laborers.
    The illegal aliens themselves must be incredibly stupid not to realize how badly they're being had by their employers in the United States. They forced to live in the shadows and, no matter how badly they're treated or how poorly they're paid, they can't utter a word of complaint for fear of being turned in an ddeported. That's what you get when you participate in an wholy illegal enterprise.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pat in Raleigh

    Hmmm . . . Sorry for the typos . . . can you tell how badly I'm pissed? Let's try this again:

    Amen, TigerJoe . . .ILLEGAL IS ILLEGAL . . . period!
    No other country in the world puts up with this nonsense. They are smart enough to protect their nations and their citizens from the Pandora's Box of disasters that are pouring into our country from Mexico! See posting #10 . . . Mexico's own rules for citizenship that are nothing short of Draconian! Why should we allow their drug lords, illiterate/uneducated poor, and convicted felons to pour into our country when any one of us would be thrown in jail for 10 years if we illegally crossed their borders more than once. This is insanity that's being deliberately inflamed by politicians who are desperate for the Mexicans' votes and by corrupt industrialists who've been enabled by our government to addict their bottom lines to a whole new class of slave laborers.
    The illegal aliens themselves must be incredibly stupid not to realize how badly they're being had by their employers in the United States. They're forced to live in the shadows and, no matter how badly they're treated or how poorly they're paid, they can't utter a word of complaint for fear of being turned in and deported. That's what you get when you participate in an wholy illegal enterprise.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jfair

    My girlfriend was brought here from mexico illegally at the age of five. She is now 26. Never been arrested. Holds a bachelors degree from SDSU. She is a current grad student with a 3.9 GPA. She is still on the waiting list to become a citizen. Should she be sent back?

    Pat,
    To answer your question. Her parents have gained citezenship. When my girlfriens turned 18 she was put on a different list, essentially dropped to the back. Her home is in the U.S. She makes great money here and pays taxes. The U.S. needs a better system of identifing people like her so she can become a legal productive member of socity.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pat in Raleigh

    Well, JFair, Then it sounds like you would support what Arizona is demanding. Flush all illegal aliens out into the light of day and send back those who are drug lords, criminals, and uneducated/illiterates, as well as any and all who have NOT made any kind of good faith attempt to enter the country legally and earn the right to become an American Citizen. It's a right you have to earn. At least it sounds as if your girlfriend couldn't help being brought here as a child, IS trying to earn her citizenship and HAS gotten in line to obtain it. That's a quantum leap above those who come here of their own volition as illegal aliens. I'm sorry, but anyone who deliberately came here as an illegal MUST be sent back to Mexico. If they really want to be an American citizen, let them apply once they're back in their own country.
    And don't even get me started on anchor babies! . . . We need to change the law immediately to state that if an illegal alien gives birth to a child within the borders of the United States, that child is a citizen their parents' country of citizenship . . . period. (If the parents are citizens of different, non-American, countries, just flip a coin . . .but the kids sure aren't Americans!) And if only one parent is a citizen of a foreign country, but is here illegally, while the other is an American citizen, then the child's citizenship defaults to that of the illegal alien parent. To do otherwise is simply to encourage the despicable practice of deliberately producing "anchor babies" in order to prey on the sympathies of Americans so the parents will be permitted to stay in this country . . . a disgusting and insupportable practice.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pat in Raleigh

    The Dems want nothing more than to payback and retain the loyalty of Mexican voters who they see as critical to their ability to retain and solidify their majority in Congress. While I endorse most of the rest of the Democrats' agenda, I am unwilling to sell out our country to the Mexicans in order to achieve it. That's a short-sighted and dangerous trade-off, and one they deserve to pay for handsomely in the polls and at the ballot box.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ruby

    Glad to have it! I for one do not understand how Mexican-Americans can say this is against us, as "AMERICANS" it is an effort to protect us, if we have nothing to hide we should be proud to show our papers and support our state and protect it. Having lived on the border, experiencing illegals helping themselves to what ever they please, killing my dog. Tell me this Bill is wrong? I'll be proud to show my American papers!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mickey

    Funny how the overwhelming majority of Americans are for this AZ law. AZ is obviously for it and, it (this law) only re-enforces already exisiting Federal law but....Dems & Reps alike are pretty much against it. It's called pandering folks...

    Here's a novel idea. Why don't these so called "law makers" get off there fat, lazy, special interest taking money grubbing asses and come up with a viable solution (?)

    Lets see now. No protecting our boarders. No enforcement of our exisitng laws. No solution. Democracy. Ain't it grand (?) Glad we are trying to bring democracy all over the world. See how great it works!

    With this latest move by Obama and democrats....Can't see why they (demo's) would be worried about the mid-terms.

    June 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
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