April 23rd, 2010
10:56 AM ET

Obama slams Arizona immigration bill

President Obama criticized a controversial new immigration bill in Arizona on Friday, calling it "misguided."

"Our failure to act responsible at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others. That includes, for example, the recent efforts in Arizona which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans, as well as the trust between police and their communities that is so crucial to keeping us safe," the president said at a naturalization ceremony for members of the military.

"In fact, I've instructed members of my administration to closely monitor the situation and examine the civil rights and other implications of this legislation. But if we continue to fail to act at the federal level, we will continue to see misguided efforts opening up around the country."

He added, "As a nation, as a people, we can choose a different future - a future that keeps faith with our history, with our heritage, and with the hope that America has always inspired in the hearts of people all over the world."

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  1. Tom

    Yeah, thats right, upholding the law is "misguided". The reason this is happening is because the drug gangs are starting to RAISE HELL in Arizona. Obama, you shut your mouth. We'll take care of business here in our own state because the Fed. Gov't REFUSED TO DO SO.
    The banks OWN this country now. George Bush/Obama/Clinton, it doesn't matter, they are all owned by the corporate oligarchy that runs this country. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, sits on the board of the New York Federal Reserve. Kiss my butt.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lesli

    Ilegal means – breaking the law. In any normal legal system if someone breakers the law should be punished. However, our president wants to give them health insurance too. I guess he wants to reward someone that breaks the law. How misguided it that? Obviosuly the "legal scholar" who is in the the WH has no idea. Who voted for him????????

    April 23, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. kitten

    obama is out of control!! he's like a kid with A D D,, and power hungary

    April 23, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. TwM

    The only thing misguided were the voters who voted this guy in.
    This bill is very good, could be tronger. We need to take the Illegal Alien equation out of the system. They are stealing our jobs,under cutting our Unions, taking services and we have stood by watching.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. DJ in the Silicon Forest

    What a clown!

    "...the recent efforts in Arizona which threaten to undermine basic notions of fairness that we cherish as Americans,..."

    "Basic notions of fairness'? Is that Lib-Speak for breaking the law? What BamBam forgets is that we are a nation of laws and that if we do not enforce them ALL and not selectively, we are doomed as a country.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. john walpole

    Maybe Obama and every other american should think about what a america really is?When my parents came over from Italy they had to learn to speak enlish and learn the rules of america.Now all you see is posters and billboards in spanish.whats that all about?It is time to take back america great job Arizona

    April 23, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. greg

    Of course the President doesnt like it. Good job Az!!! All states should do the same. The flow of illegals needs to stop. We need to stop giving help to the illegals. If they want to come here then they need to do it right.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. roger

    at least arizona is trying to do something about it. the first step is to go after those who employ those who are in this country illegally.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. kentinaz

    As a resident of Arizona, and a recent LEGAL American citizen – I find it very strange that so many people (including the President) want this bill veto'd when what it attempts to do is put teeth into the enforcement of existing Immigration Law that states – if you are in this country illegally – you have no rights (work, vote, or not identify yourself truthfully when asked, receive benefits that are for American citizens or LEGAL Aliens) and NO RIGHT to be here and can be expelled by the US government! If you meet a profile that tends to be 'illegal' in many cases – you should expect to be questioned – and happily provide your proof you are LEGAL! As far as the argument that too many low paying jobs will leave Arizona and we will fall into some kind of employment haze due to a lack of available and willing workers – that is untrue – there are plenty of LEGAL aliens looking for work and if there are insuffient for the needs of the state – we can approve more LEGALs!

    April 23, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. fido

    I hope the people in Arizona realize that there are illigeals in this country from Europe. Do they plan on stopping everyone regardless of race to check their papers?

    April 23, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. ATL Guy

    Why is the Republican Party acting like Hitler? They want people to walk around with proof of citizenship? I wonder if the people who voted for the bill considered the implications of this bill? What would they do if a cop stopped their daughter on the street and asked for proof of citizenship? If the child doesn't have this proof – which they most definitely won't – they can go to jail. Then what? I think the cops need to do the extreme worst which is to start stopping white people and asking for proof of citizenship and start arresting them en masse. Then they'll realize the stupidity of this law. This is worse than anything Hitler could come up with. It sounds as if they wanted to declare open season on Mexicans but this can cost the state billions in revenue and lost sales.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. A Conservative

    Slam away Mr. President – again you are on the wrong side of the issue. Send all of the illegals home. If they can't obey the law to come to this country, they are not welcome here. If anyone does respect and follow our laws, and truly wants to become an American, I will be among the first to welcome them.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. john

    I have an idea.Why don't all world governments open their borders to unlimited immigration from other parts of the world and see what happens.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Edward A. Lamm

    What is unfair to come to this Country illegally and not pay Taxes or speak our language. It took my Father Ten Years to enter this Country legally. He learned the language and paid the Taxes. He was a Chenist ,however, the U.S. Government at that time did not recognize his degree. What is ffair. Send them back. .

    April 23, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Theresa

    I think that Pres. Obama needs to for once think what the people of America want. If he has his way America will really go down the tubes. Immigrates have been welcome in this country as long as they come legeally. They have been required to try and learn to speak English. Which, as of right now, is our national language. There is nothing wrong with people coming into this nation if they want to be Americans, but they need to accept the responsibilities of being an American. That includes supporting our nation, abiding by our laws and paying taxes like true Americans do.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
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