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. LMS

    What in the world are you people talking about. There is racial profiling all over this page and I bet you don't even realize it. Don't tell me that only Illegals commit crimes such as rapes, killings, drugs, etc. Maybe you have not seen the news. Yes there are some "hispanics" but look again there are also WHITE, AFRO AMERICANS, GERMANS, ITALIANS, AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. There is good and bad in every race. What do we do with the White people that commit crimes? Send them back to their countries too? Examin yourselves and realize what it is you are saying.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Glenn

    Sounds to me like the law was enacted properly by the State of Arizona and is supported by the people of Arizona. Wonderful thing about this country–if you don't like what your state is doing you can move or vote your representative out of office. If you don't live in Arizona, its really none of your business: especially if you are part of the Federal Government. 10th Amendment alive and well. Good job! And to all you people who equate the enforcement of legitimate laws with Naziism, do everyone a favor and read a frickin' book, you idiots.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kerry

    You people posting on here against the legislation that AZ is proposing to implement have obvioulsy never taken the opportunity to read the bill nor do you obviously live in AZ where our citizens are being killed, abducted, threatened or harmed, so kindly butt out. And as for you people who still think illegals only take jobs that citizens wont take – let me hear you say that again when you have lost your job to an illegal. As to you who keep saying that the employers should be arrested not the illegals – that is also a bill that we passed here. You get caught hiring an illegal – you will go to jail – period. Securing our border has nothing to do with racism but everything to do with safety and security of the citizenry of this state – legal citizens by the way. It doesn't matter if your ancestors came here centuries ago or last year – as long as your here legally. ANd here is a news flash for you – its not just "white" people old or young that support this bill – so do LEGAL hispanics. Stop pushing the racism myth to support your misguided thought process.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. the mexican

    FOR KERRY: I agree there should be some sort law passed to prevent illegals from getting into the country, but this law doesn't do that. It allows police to racially profile and if you can't see that then you're obviously blind, and please don't be so naive as to think this law has no implications of racism. There is a fine line between law and oppression. You can sit there and ask tell us to butt out because it is not our state, agreed, that state sits in OUR COUNTRY so don't go excluding us just yet. Illegals are taking jobs, but i assure you it is not a professional position they are taking. They are occupying those positions no one wants to do. Don't sit there and assume you have the right to tell any of us what the real deal is when you yourself have no clue. I'm going to assume you're not a minority so you have no damn clue what it feels like to be racially profile. So in short, sit down, listen, and you might learn something.

    April 23, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. J G

    I'm so tired of Obama's rhetoric. Instead of focusing on a way to keep illegal immigrants out of this country, he gets on his soapbox to win political favor with the millions of illegals and the Hispanic community.

    Let's focus on providing a country that is safe for its citizens, not for illegal aliens.

    Illegal aliens have no constitutional rights – they are not Americans!!

    April 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. M S

    Everyone has something to say about the Illegal immigrants breaking the law and they are taking our jobs ... blah blah blah ... but the truth is that the only law they are breaking is entering this country illegally trying to provide a better future for their families but what you fail to talk about is all the AMERICANS that are abducting and raping young children, murderers and drug dealers .. Or are you going to say that all these criminals are only illegal aliens? They simply do what they need to to survive ... they only come to this country because in their own country there is no work for them ... they take the jobs that "Proud Americans" do not want to do which is housekeeping, cooks, construction and agriculture. I wish that the law does not pass which I'm sure it won't.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. castle

    The people of Az spoke, finally someone listened. Keep your nose out of our back yard and start taking care of your own. You failed Mr. Prezzzzzzz, now we will take control of the situation that you and others like you refuse to do, and that is to enforce the LAW.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dibby

    To all those saying that this is "something Hilter would do"..you people are not very bright.
    This is about illegal immigration out of control. The people that are "rounded up" are not going to be sent to concentration camps or shot, they will be deported to their country of origin like they should be. WAKE UP! Do you think Mexican authorities would be as kind if you were found in their country illegally?

    Polls show 70% of Arizona residents supporting this bill – you ever stop to think that this is because it makes sense to the people it is affecting? I want to scream more but I think most of you crying "Hitler" have already been brainwashed to the point of being a mindless sheep anyway, so good luck to ya.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kurt Z.

    Don't you pro Obama/illegals people understand that you are paying for all of these peoples children to go to school and their health-care? Yes we almost all come from immagrants but not illegal ones. No one is saying stop LEGAL immigration! Do you realize that it's not only Mexicans that can come in illegally? Terrorist can walk right in just like your cheap labor can! They can poison your water, sabotage nuclear facilities, etc... It's not only a economic problem it's a safety issue! God Lord people use your head!!!

    April 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    The fed gov keeps showing over and over its incompetence. Let's hope they do nothing that can't be 'changed'.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ed H.

    I agree illegal alians from Asia, Europe, South America are a real issue. So why not require all US citizens to carry a passport and one other form of ID. Then when they go to states like Arizonia and are stopped at a road check they can show their papers. Anyone with out papers go directly to jail and is deported based on there name and facial features. Boris goes to Russia, Fong goes to China and Rosia goes to Mexico.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yishay

    How a man that do not have a Birth Certificate can rule over immigration law. Maybe we need to get the Mexicans to make the law and they can do as Barry Soteiro did back then when he came. The President of Kenya just establish a monument in the place our beloved President was born. Even Michelle admitted that they visited the place where he was from. All central americans can come in unchecked. My friend was kidnapped in a container in Arizona by coyotes and the FBI and the Arizona Task force did not do a thing. These coyotes in Arizona make 5000 per kidnapped person and they had 36 of them while my friend was there. Because Illegals dont matter to CNN just what the WH says they wont investigate.

    April 24, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JE553

    Those of you who are on the side of cruelty are just plain naive How quick you forget who built America and the skyscrapers around you. Maybe the guy who built the home you live in is now being kicked out of this country, or the guy who picked your produce. Don't tell me it's because we need jobs. Last time I checked most people prefer to receive an unemployment check before picking tomatoes. and those of you who mention becoming legal so much, do you not see the news where people are begging for an immigration reform? It takes about 15 years to get a green card from the time you apply for most people. Jan Brewer needs to be dismissed immediately for running part of the country as if it were her own piggy bank.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Be Accountable

    This doesn't make sense at all. When I was living and working abroad (LEGALLY), I carried my passport (or a copy of it) with me everywhere, because I was being RESPONSIBLE and ACCOUNTABLE for my whereabouts, my actions, and respecting that country's laws. Since when does it become okay for an illegal to come into the United States and do as thy please. Labeling this as a racial law is a joke. It is not fair to each and every American to have to carry the burden of illegal immigrants. Billions of dollars are being spent on their health care and education. Oh, and are these people paying taxes? Being illegal does not make them above the law. Arizona should be applauded for taking action. The Feds have slipped for far too long and now things are coming to a head. The comparisons of Nazi ideals to this law is quite outlandish and very mislead.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. fabrizio

    Everyone talks, should this or that, more so when the time comes to have the grass cut, the renovated house, everyone wants cheap labor, also think that countries around the world should start to deport illegal ever met several Americans here in the capital Brazil, Brasilia teaching English for not having work permit and can not do anything else ..... In less than two years we gave amnesty and a lot of Americans into the group too ... you do not understand the economy of you need this type of worker, because that will be the one that domcumento and not in the form of credit card and social securit card? Use your intelligence, easier to be falcificado.Democratas need the votes and the Republicans need the cheap labor, and you guys are in the middle feeding the hatred caused by the U.S. government's own failure with the American people and these people who in most cases only want a better life.

    April 27, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
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