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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    illinois needs this!!!! rapist drug dealer illigals run to illinois safe state.. and dont goto jail..some are good some bad way more are bad dog fighting drugs guns cock fights they still go by mexican law.. get the damn illigals out of the US.THEY COME HERE POP OUT KIDS THINKING THEY CANNOT BE DEPORTED. BECAUSE OF THIS DRAGGING DOWN OUR HOSPITALS RUNNING TO THE .E.R.OUR SCHOOLS HAVE TO PAY FOR TEACHERS TO TEACH ENGLISH IN OUR CLASSROOMS. MULTI LANGUAGE BOOKS,THEY AINT FREE WHERE YOU THINK ALL THAT MONEY COMES FROM .....NOT TO MENTION WE CANT GET ANY WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. US Veteran

    Peter Nguyen, IT IS FEDERAL LAW, they just don't enforce it.. Everyone needs to write to the white house and to your state reps and state governors, I've already started expressing my right to free speech, blast them with your concerns. Talking in these posts don't help, send letters, call, talk to them and let them know that we will not stand for this and we will defend our homeland!!

    May 8, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. US Veteran

    Check everyone's ID, If they look Mexican then check them. If they look American then check them. I will show my ID ANYTIME!!

    May 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zoemaddie

    yes we need immigration laws enforced.if these people go to their nearest welfare office and they DON'T have the PROPER PAPERS,the caseworker SHOULD IMMEDIATELY call the proper agency to come gather the garbage and send it back to where they came fromASAP!!!!!if these democratic leaders KNOW,and by the way they do,then they are aiding them in their criminal ways and should also be dealt with.if we don't stand up now and band together it will be to late screw these people if they don't like it then our leaders can move back with them

    May 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zoemaddie

    i still don't get it,will someone please explain WHY the president of the united states and most democrats,and yes some republicans as well,fight to protect the RIGHTS and CIVIL LIBERTIESof ILLEGIALS!as far as i'm concerned THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS OR CIVIL LIBERTIES in our country.why in new york to get into certain buildings you MUST open your trunk,and also show id, as well as a pat down or metal detector,and then we ALLOW UNWANTED,IGNORANT,pieces of crap to just WALK right into our country!we have people who worked hard all their life and in this great economy of ours they are losing their houses,and literally starving,and our government doesn't care,but a FEDERAL LAW that states try to ENFORCE and the federal government PROMISES to fight to the death if need be.i don't get this TO HELL WITH US LEGAL AMERICANS we don't care about your plight,WE are to busy worring about embracing the ILLEGIALS,so that THEY can LIVE the AMERICAN DREAM!!!!! way to go mr.president i really thought YOU cared about your people, but i was so very wrong hope you have an ENJOYABLE 4 years, because this one issue (among many others) WILL certainly change the landscape for the2012 election of president. maybe obama will surprise all of us and realize that these UNSAVORY criminals are the DESTRUCTION of our country,but i really don't think so especially after they gave caulderon a standing ovation in the center of the chamber floor, WHAT A DISGRACE TO OUR FORE FATHERS who built this country.i hope every one of those men and women LOSE their next congressional race! thank you and may GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

    June 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bob

    i don care if people live illigaly doesnt matter

    August 4, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
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