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. cherokeeky

    Very strange the 3rd generation that killed and drove out the Native Americans now wants to stop others to have the same rights they took. They occupy this land, coming in on covered wagons with nothing. Now they deny the same to others. Typical greed of the American public.
    Who made their ancestors any better than these pioneers. At least they aren't killing your children and burning down your cities. Hypocits.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. char

    70% of arizonia wants this , Thy dont fel safe in their own back yard.
    Its about time somebody is trying to protect americans!

    April 23, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Robert

    He needs to wake up, illegal immigration is illegal, not discrimination, If your in our country and you don't have paperwork you are breaking the law, plain and simple, if you have paperwork and they stop you more than once, its possible harassment, it may be even they check you twice just in case you make fraudulent paperwork (terrorist), then and only then would it start to be discriminating. America wake up!

    April 23, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. ptwngrl

    Being an AZ native, and seeing the negative affect that our lack of secure borders has had on the state, I SUPPORT all efforts by AZ lawmakers to cut down on illegal residents of the state. Perhaps, Mr. Obama should take note of what is going on there and do the same thing in all other border states, rather than "closely monitor the situation". PERHAPS, he could start working on securing our country before reaching out and lending a hand to everyone else in the world. Start at home FIRST, Obama. K. Thanks. Bye.

    Also, do civil rights seriously matter at this point? Really? They are here illegaly. They don't get the same priveleges as true AMERICAN CITIZENS.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. john heard

    the bill in arizona should be the bill in every state , you cannot wait on the federal govt. to act on immigration because of the lobbyist , . i miss the days of george bush....

    April 23, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. pete

    Obama needs to let states govern themselves. the Federal government didn't do anything to fix the illegal immigration problem so Arizona is taking it upon themselves which I commend. Its about time.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. David

    I don't understand what Obama is trying to say here, first of all he won't support his own aunt who was facing deportation and now he is saying that we need to choose a futre that maintain our heritage and hope for others, well what about the hope for us? The only thing immigration law will bring is enforcement of coming to our great country the proper and correct way. Too many people for too long have taken advantage of our freedome and left us to foot the bill. As an American Army Veteran I support attempts to making ths Our Country again. I mean come on this bill does not threaten the people who have chosen to do it correctly and are being proactive in being an American. We stand alone in a world that does not permit illegal migration and even in some instances will kill the offenders, I don't believe people should be harassed or physically threatened but at the same time I don't believe at the same time that we should continue to shoulder the financial, social and ecomic burden. I have listened to some on the news saying that they are afraid of being victims of crimes because of this, but in all fairness this bill wouldn't be necessary if they had not commited the crime of coming into the U.S. illegally.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. margaret

    this country should quit giving citizenship to anybody born here. a baby should carry the citizenship of its mother. that would stop a lot of the people who show up just to have a baby, then cry and complain if they are deported because they have to be separated from their citizen child.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. John

    We're a nation and Obama would do well to remember who voted him in. American's.
    Obama can slam it all he wants.. At least Arizona is standing up for themselves. We're being invaded and our ineffective government is just standing by. I'm all for legal immigration but there's nothing that states these people should have special rights or to be afforded the rights given to American Citizens. They are Mexican citizens. There's a process.. follow it. The last guy wasn't listening to American's and now this guy isn't listening.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. robert from wyoming

    I knew that when I voted for this President, that this was one of the only issues that I did not feel he had right. Immigration of illegals has bogged this nation in all areas. Including enabeling those able to work to collect unemployment. The entire infra-structure of our country has been polluted with illegals. Laws are Laws and legal is legal. When that is not the case, then who's problem is it....Take a look at California and the problems they face. If they could go back 30 or 40 years and stand tall and not sell out to the cheap labor and pressure of the "vote" and had they had some help from the feds....not just free handouts....I'm sure they would make different choices. Too bad some say its too late....I don't and I feel its time to say, legal is legal and if you don't like the laws, go back to where you came from.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. CrazyFolks

    The majority of the comments I just read are ignorant, racist, and make me worry about the citizens in this coutnry.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. young

    Wow, you guys are idiots, this legislation requires LEGAL (not illegal) immigrants to carry and provide proof they are LEGAL or face felony charges.

    Supporting this type of legislation is pathetic and people that do should not call themselves Americans because they are nothing but bigots.

    Again LEGAL (not illegal) immigrants face felony charges if they are not carrying their 'papers', Hitler would be proud.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sean Moffett

    While acknowledging immigration fraud was probable, the corrupt system still awarded a Guatemalan immigrant my home, car and assets without due process or equal protection. Many immigrant women falsely claim abuse to expedite their immigration petition via fraudulent VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) I-360 petition. Marriage based immigration fraud is becoming an epidemic and these sort of sham marriages lead to fraudulent I-360 petitions being filed to cheat the immigration process. If courts suspect marriage fraud, the property of the U.S. citizen should not be granted to the immigrant. Stop VAWA based Immigration Fraud!

    April 23, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. mike simpson

    now if we can get texas and california to do the same we might stand a chance and driveing these law breakers back across the border for good. people lets get behind and support these politians for once useing common sence to help america.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. oracularman

    People who are against what Obama said. Check out where he was saying what he said and in what context. It was at a naturalization ceremony for members of the military. If you are so worried about loosing your jobs, go fight the wars in Iraq and Afganistan instead of driving your Chevys, GMs, Fords, Toyotas, Hondas; instead of drinking every single day, instead of eating unhealthy every single day. Only people who should say anything about illegals are citizens who are healthy, no drugs and are paying Taxes and keeping God within the confines of home and Church, Temple, Mosque.

    April 23, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
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