April 20th, 2010
01:11 PM ET

Latino lawmakers urge veto of Arizona immigration law

Latino members of Congress Tuesday called on Arizona's governor to kill a state bill that would require police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally, arguing that it unconstitutionally authorizes discrimination.

"When you institutionalize a law like this one, you are targeting and discriminating at a wholesale level against a group of people," Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, told reporters.

Grijalva and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus's Task Force on Immigration Reform, said Republican Gov. Jan Brewer should veto the measure, which the state Senate approved Monday.

The bill would require immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally. It also targets those who hire illegal immigrant day laborers or knowingly transports them.

Grijalva, whose district runs from the Mexican border to the outskirts of Phoenix, said the legislation "is not just mean-spirited, it is directed at a specific population." And Gutierrez, D-Illinois, said the measure infringes on the federal government's authority over immigration laws.

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  1. JT

    I dont see whats so bad about it. It says "if theres reason to suspect theyre in the US illiegally" so its not like cops will just be going around carding every Hispanic person they see.

    I am suprised this wasnt a law already. I have to carry my drivers license everywhere with me when I drive somewhere to prove I am legal to drive and for tracking purposes I get pulled over and cited. Why should they not have proof of ID, whether it be a DL or immigration paperwork?

    Hiring illegal immigrants and transporting them are already illegal, so we should be targeting those offenders.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daryl Minor

      I'm a legal American citizen and I must show my ID when:

      1. Pulled over by the police.

      2. Making purchases on my department store credit card.

      3. When I show up for a doctor's appointment.

      4. When filling out a credit card or loan application.

      5. When applying for or renewing a driver's license or passport.

      6. When applying for any kind of insurance.

      7. When filling out college applications.

      8. When donating blood.

      9. When obtaining certain prescription drugs.

      10. When making some debit purchases, especially
      if I'm out of state.

      11. When collecting a boarding pass for airline or train travel.

      12. when you go to vote.

      I'm sure there are more instances, but the point is that we citizens of the USA are required to prove who we are nearly every day!

      Why should people in this country illegally, be exempt!!!!!

      Why shouldn't we guard our borders as closely as every other country in the world does?

      June 20, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. HernandeUSA

    The rest of the states need to follow AZ progressive move to end illegal aliens flood into the United States.

    This bill does not discriminate against any one of any RACE.

    No American Citizen or LEGAL immigrant needs to worry about this law as it only AFFECT "ILLEGAL ALIENS" no matter where they are from.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wendy

    I think it is a valid, VALID law and I hope they pass it. IT is not discrimination. Are you a citizen or not? When you come back across the boarder from Mexico, they ask eveyrone for their papers, The only reason the Latino Law Makers have a problem with this is they sympathize with their native land. Instead of looking at how their families immigrated the legal way and enforcing our laws they were elected to uphold, they want to show sympathy to get more votes.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kris

    I have no problem with immigrants in this country LEGALLY. Why is it be such a big deal if people had to carry around immigrant cards? Really no different that carrying around a drivers license.
    If you are ILLEGAL GET OUT!!!

    April 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karen Walker

    If you have nothing to hide, than it shouldn't be a problem.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lynn VanDaalwyk

    Yes, you are discriminating against an entire group of people....people who do not respect our laws and break them by ignoring our immigration laws. Good for you Arizona! When I travel overseas I always have to carry my passport and visa, whats the problem? If they are not breaking the law, whats the big deal?

    April 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tucson Guy

    These guys need to sit down and shut up. Then again when do our representatives in Washington actually care about their constituents. Not everyone in their district is hispanic. The matter is simple, if your are here legally, you have nothing to fear. We are tired of the illegals. illegals drain the economy, they put their kids in our schools, yet do not pay taxes. The people of AZ are fed up with everything, i guess that is why they recently passed the law to make it legal for anyone to have a concealed weapon. Take away the jobs, take away their reason for being here. The law nowherre mentions Hispanics, it means anyone who is here illegally.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Antonio M. Eugenio

    I am here legally and I took the line like all people who are legally in the United States. It is sad for this country when our police forces cannot identify illegals and terrorists on our social. There is no violation of people's rights as some people are advocating it. The United States should have the rights to step up in the first place to determinie who is illegal or not. There is no discrimination or racial profiling in this bill. We should stop illegal employment and illegal people to come here. I welcome the bill and all who oppose this bill are racketeerians and gangsters and they are not for national unity...

    April 20, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ed

    We have to carry our drivers license if we want to drive, is that targeting and discriminating all drivers.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jason

    There is no benefit to enacting this. You are going to push people further into the shadows. Will those people report crime, or offer assistance to law enforcement? While they may want to, their fear of persecution will lead to undereporting. Then the state can spend the next 15 years apologizing to families of crime victims while shrugging their shoulders. Come on. Toss this piece of trash proposal out.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rick

    The bill should pass. I am sick and tired of hearing about unfair treatment of illegal aliens, etc.. THEY AREN"T SUPPOSE TO BE HERE. If the bill doesn't pass, I hope those 'latino lawmakers' lose in the next election...

    Our constitution does not protect non-citizens/aliens.. maybe those latino lawmakers should be checked to see if they should be here legally.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charles C. Valdes

    We must stop illegal immigration in the United States by all means, for it is destroying our way of life. We must stop it in order not to increase crime here as well as allowing terrorists to cross our borders with no legal proof. Police should have the right to check and detain illegal people, for illegal immigration is a threat to our borders and national security interests. We should welcome this bill and oppose racketeerians that are trying hard to kill it. Good job Arizona

    April 20, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ryan

    The term is "illegal immigrant" for a reason... their methods of coming to this country are just that: ILLEGAL. Illegal immigrants can just as easily be Irish, Iranian, or Indonesian, not just Mexican or Central American. Therefore, the legislation is not targeting a single minority. Will more Mexicans be pinched in this process? In all likelihood, but the only reason for that is the disproportionate ammount of illegal immigrants coming from Mexico. If there is a bias in this case, it is SOLELY a simple byproduct of the math involved.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Klatu Berata Nicto

    Laws like this will become increasingly necessary as violence escalates along the mexican border, the war on terror drags on, and the economy suffers through record unemployrnent, all the while MILLIONS, literally MILLIONS of illegal immigrants sneak into our country every year. Its bad enough that we must pay (the tax payers) between 40 and 50 thousand dollars a year to incarcerate a single criminal; but when they are stealing identities and social security numbers, filing for grants and public assistance, and filling hospitals and skipping the bill onto us, something must be done. After all, these people shouldn't be here to begin with! Many will equate this to an "anti-immigration" stance, which is incorrect. This is a common sense bill, that will enable law enforcement to enforce THE LAW. And it's about dang time.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Degollado

    Mr. Valdez, this law may also make you a target for law enforcement (because of your Hispanic surname and/or looks) to provide proof that you are an American citizen or here legally. Imagine being in a hurry to an appointment and getting stopped again – hmmm sounds harassment don’t you think.

    April 20, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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