April 26th, 2010
08:09 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Gov. Jan Brewer

The Arizona governor signed controversial legislation Friday that may change the relationship between immigrants and law enforcement.

Senate Bill 1070 is set to take effect in August or September, if it withstands legal challenges that are expected from a number of groups that oppose the legislation.

The law requires police to question people who they have reason to suspect are in the United States illegally. The law also requires legal immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times.

Brewer cited border-related crime as a key factor in her decision. She also issued an executive order that requires additional training for local officers on how to implement the law without engaging in racial profiling or discrimination.

Some police organizations that support the bill, including the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, say the legislation has numerous safeguards to protect the rights of minority groups. But opposition to the bill is coming from elected officials in Arizona and at the federal level.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said he has scheduled an item for the Tuesday session of City Council to prepare for legal action against SB 1070. U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, said corporations should spend their convention dollars elsewhere.

CNN: Immigration law polarizes Arizonans

Sen. Lindsey Graham

The South Carolina Republican's stunning move could throw a major roadblock in front of two of President Obama's biggest legislative initiatives.

Graham abruptly declared Saturday he's abandoning talks on climate change legislation because he believes Democratic efforts to bring up a separate immigration reform package are undermining the legislative process.

"Moving forward on immigration - in this hurried, panicked manner - is nothing more than a cynical political ploy," Graham wrote in a sharply worded letter, which was obtained by CNN.

An aide to Graham told CNN the senator no longer plans to attend a major news conference scheduled for Monday with Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut to unveil details of their "tri-partisan" climate change legislation. Graham is the only high-profile Republican who has been working with the White House on the contentious issue.

A senior White House official told CNN that in recent days Graham has been privately threatening that he would abandon the climate talks unless Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, backed off from plans to push forward with comprehensive immigration reform ahead of the environmental legislation.

CNN Political Ticker: Graham move imperils Obama agenda

Mary Beth Tinker

Some 1,100 high school students from across the country are now competing in the nation's capital at the 23rd annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution national finals.

The competition involves students testifying as constitutional experts before a supposed "congressional committee" - actually a panel of judges. The national finals judges include state Supreme Court judges, public officials, political scientists, historians, and others, including Tinker.

When she was a 13-year-old eighth-grader in Des Moines, Iowa, Tinker, along with other students, wore a black armband to school to mourn the dead on both sides of the Vietnam War, and to support a Christmas truce proposed by Sen. Robert Kennedy.

The Des Moines School Board attempted to block the armband demonstration and many students were suspended, including Tinker. In a landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students, affirming the First Amendment rights of students and teachers.

Tinker, who works as pediatric nurse, told CNN on Sunday, "More than ever, students are speaking up today about issues that affect them and using their constitutional rights as a powerful tool."

Center for Civic Education: We the People Hearings

American Bar Association: Biography of Mary Beth Tinker

Jeremy Fernandez

The former ironworker has been camping out since Friday morning to apply for a job on Monday.

Braving rain and cold, more than 700 applicants - many of whom pitched small tents on the sidewalk - have been in line along several blocks in Queens, New York, hoping to get a chance at some 100 jobs with the Local 3 Elevator Mechanics Union.

Setting up at 4 a.m. on Friday, Fernandez and his friend had the first tent in line. He told CNN they had planned to flip a coin to decide who'll be first in the door to apply to become an elevator repair apprentice. Starting pay is $15 an hour.

The 24-year-old said he's been out of work for six months and has a 1-year-old son. Fernandez said that union officials told him they were expecting as many as 3,000 jobseekers by Monday.

CNN Video: Desperate for a job

Jennifer McCreight

The Purdue University student wants to test an Iranian cleric's claim that immodestly dressed and promiscuous women cause earthquakes. WLFI-TV in West Lafayette, Indiana, reports that by Friday morning, more than 80,000 people had signed up on Facebook for "Boobquake."

McCreight's idea is that women should wear immodest clothing on Monday to confront the cleric.

"I think a good way to do that is sometimes through humor. If I would have seriously addressed him, I probably would have never gotten a response, but lighthearted mockery could be a good tactic," she explained.

Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi earlier this month said, "Many women who do not dress modestly ...  lead young men astray ... which increases earthquakes."

McCreight, a genetics and evolution major, says she wants to perform good science to counter the cleric's bad science.

She said, "I'm going to compare the frequency and severity of the earthquakes on the 26th [Monday] to earthquakes previously to that and see if there is a statistical difference."

WLFI: Purdue student tests theory with cleavage

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Warof2010


    In the last 23 years, since the 1986, Reagan, one-time amnesty, over 27 million illegals have been apprehended, as they crossed the border into our United States.

    1994–1,094,717--2002--955,310--2010--beg. 10/01/09

    UNFORTUNATELY, far less than half of illegals are apprehended at the border.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Warof2010

    8.3 Million

    8,300,000 – the number of illegals, using invalid SS numbers, illegally working at known places of employment.

    In the meantime, there are 15,000,000 unemployed American workers.

    8,000,000 illegals earning $10 an hour, equals $20,800 a year, that's 8,000,000 X $20,800 equals $166,400,000,000; that's $166.4 billion that American workers aren't taking home for their wives, and children.

    Remember all of those jobs that used to be available for teenagers.

    But wait there's more; let's suppose 1/2 of those unemployed American workers, are drawing unemployment, at a very modest $300 a week, $15,600 a year times 7 million American workers; that's another $109.2 billion dollars out of taxpayer pockets. (Most of the state unemployment funds are broke).

    So those 8 million illegally employed illegals are costing us $275.6 billion;...but wait there's more, they send $65 billion dollars home every year, so that money isn't even spent in our United States to support businesses.

    That's $340.6 billion dollars that 8,000,000 illegals are costing us and remember, that doesn't include the cost of their Welfare, Food Stamps, Section-8, Healthcare, Education, or EITC.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. jillswift

    I give a HOORAY for McCreight, and good science!

    April 26, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marge

    Here we go again....republican butt kissing by CNN all the time. YOU AIN'T NEVER GONNA BE FOX...and you ain't never coming out of the cellar, cause your so called MSM stinks.

    April 26, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lewis

    When apartheid existed, peoples of the majority of nations and faiths condemned it and took action against the government of South Africa. The question I keep asking myself is 'why not the same response towards countrys that discriminate against women?' Color matters and gender doesn't?

    April 26, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Henry Miller

    Delightful idea, Ms McCreight! Laughter is usually the best weapon against self-important twits.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. Miss Discipline

    I'm confused. How do you train police to stop people who are of Hispanic looks and not profile? It's no different than middle eastern people trying to board a plane and they aren't being racially profiled either...right? I still haven't made up my mind if this is right or wrong. Illegals shouldn't be here, I'm scared of the Muslims and crime is over the top in the US. Look at the majority in prison and see what race they are. We have to profile sometimes because the statistics don't lie and we all want a better, safer place to live so what is the answer to these problems?

    April 26, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Carl Able

    Lets look at this from an american citizens point of view... It is the illegal immigrants, regardless of race or nationality, that are a plague apon our economy and our society. it is the illegal immigrants that use our public services and pay nothing, thus raising our taxes. Why is everyon in an uproar because the governments of america are trying to protect its citizens? Why has america become a land of the weak and home of the cowards? Do you not realize that our country is being invaded? Do you not realize that our freedoms are being accosted daily, not by our government but by those who come into this country illegally. Those who do not have the patience to go through the process legaly. I say bravo Arizona! To all those who criticize this move, you should be ashamed, it is you who are bringing the country that i fight for to its knees and it is you and people like you who will bring about its destruction.

    April 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jessica

    Miss Discipline – profiling is good, so long I guess...as you're never the one being profiled huh?

    The thing about "profiling" is that it always ends up titling the statistical scales over the long haul. Do you think more black people smoke pot then white people? I dont...but they end up in jail for more often for possession than white people, because we profile them while driving – we pull them over for anyting, looking for anything...and when you do that often enough, you're bound to catch more and more people doing bad things.

    That doesnt mean non-blacks arent doing this those things – at even a higher rate – just that we arent catchign them, because white people arent profiled, period.

    April 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jessica

    I could be wrong, but arent we all ancestors of IMMIGRANTS? Question is – how confident are you that you are an ancestor of a LEGAL one? Do you really think all europeans immigrated here legally? I dont

    April 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    The illegals that harvest your fruits and vegetables (or wine grapes!) are much more highly skilled than almost everybody(<0.1%) of the citizens that are unemployed right now. The nations agricultural centers, such as California, would literally collapse if not for these skilled laborers. For some reason we call them criminals instead of thanking them for doing an incredibly demanding job that supports our economy.

    April 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mr Banal News

    Miss Discipline: Do not be afraid of any group, muslims included. Do be afraid of people who are fanatical about anything. Not all Muslims are fanatics. I'm not Muslim, but I've met around a dozen, none of whom expressed any level of fanaticism. It is the highly visible minority of fanatics that create problems for the folks that are the peaceful majority. It's very similar to the way that most people would never steal, but a few do and force us to lock our stuff up. The news rarely reports on the 100 people who didn't steal something despite the opportunity, but does report the one person finally does... That which is common is not news by definition.

    April 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ted Kozlowski

    Carl, I hear you. You want to stop illegal immigration understood. I just don't see how this law is going to be effective for one.You deport one illegal immigrant, 10 more will take their place. Its fine except then you're going to rob certain LEGAL Americans of some of their personal freedoms. If you're going to like those Tea Partiers and yell "Personal freedom, personal freedom" until you're blue in the face, it better be addressed across the board, even when it doesn't affect you.

    As for illegal immigrants, if you really want to blame someone, blame the employers who turn a blind eye to this sort of thing. If these people couldn't feed their families,they wouldn't be here illegally.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tony

    To the first comment: Invasion? I wonder who invaded first? Wasn't the pilgrims invading the land that belonged to the Native Americans? Yes, indeed. This land belongs to this people, and not to all us who have invaded it. As for the jobs that illegal immigrants do, well, I would love to see a bunch of Anglo Americans who support this law climb a Lemon or Avocado Tree and carry at the same time an eighty pound bag, or perhaps bend on your back for about 8-hours a day to pick strawberries. Yes, U.S. would save the money that is send to some other countries, but I wonder if they can do the job for less than $500.00 a week. Ignorance is behind this law; People still who are still living in the 1940's & 50's...

    May 5, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |