April 28th, 2010
02:47 PM ET

Tea Partiers to illegal immigrants: 'Sign guestbook'

Lee Earle, left, and Ronald Ludders of Phoenix support Arizona's new immigration law.

Lee Earle, a self-identified “Tea Party facilitator” in Arizona, ground zero of the immigration debate, wants you to know that he supports immigration. He considers it the lifeblood of American society and the backbone of our economy – if it’s done legally.

“We want immigration. We need immigration! All we want is for people to sign the guestbook at the door,” said Earle, a Phoenix resident. “Being an illegal immigrant in Arizona is like trespassing. If you’re in my house and you’re not invited, then I have every right to send you out.”

Earle says he supports Arizona’s controversial new law targeting illegal immigration because it lets local law enforcement do what the federal government should be doing to stop people from entering the country unlawfully.

“When people come here without permission, when they come here illegally, they automatically become victims of the coyotes who bring them over and the employers who take advantage of their cheap labor,” Earle said. “Let them come legally so they can take advantage of all the wonderful services and opportunities this great nation has to offer and they can contribute in a meaningful way.”

Earle, a loquacious retiree who gesticulates frequently as he fires off in a stream-of-consciousness manner, shared his thoughts Tuesday night before a legislative district meeting at the Jumbo Buffet in a strip mall in southwest Phoenix.

Dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and jeans, his long gray hair pulled back, Earle said he blames health care, education and incarceration for illegal immigrants for contributing to the state’s $2 billion budget deficit.

“It’s a monetary thing for the state, because I’m a taxpayer but also a human concerned because they can’t take advantage of our legal system because they’re afraid of being deported,” he said.

Earle’s friend and fellow Tea Partier Ronald Ludders dismissed with a wave of the hand the suggestion that the bill encourages racial profiling.

“Illegal is not a race," said Ludders, who, like Earle, is a Republican precinct committeeman for his legislative district. “Law enforcement will be looking for people who they have reasonable suspicion to believe are breaking the law. They cannot stop them based on the color of their skin.”

Both men say this is not about hating Hispanics: Ludders has a home in Mexico, and Earle lives in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood.

“This is about fixing a problem that has been plaguing our communities for a long time. If the federal government isn’t going to do anything, I’m proud of Arizona for stepping up to the plate,” Earle said.

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  1. John

    Ryan – don't forget all the Meth that rednecks roll around with

    April 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    Tracie, all a Driver's License proves is that your are capable of driving, you need a passport to prove that you are a citizen. Should we all start carrying passports to drive through AZ?

    April 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DPW

    If you think the war in Iraq & Afghanistan is costing us too much, read this:
    I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again.

    1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

    2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs, (food stamps), WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

    3. $2.5 Billion a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

    4. $12 Billion / yr. spent on primary and secondary education for children of Illegals.

    5. $17 Billion / yr. spent for education for the American-born anchor babies of illegals.

    6. $3 Million / DAY is spent to incarcerate illegals

    7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal..

    8. $90 Billion / year spent on illegals for Welfare & social services.

    9. $200 Billion / year in suppressed American wages are caused by illegal.

    10. Illegals have a crime rate two & a half times that of non-illegals. And children of Illegals dd to the crime problem.

    11. During the year of 2005 alone over 4 MILLION illegals crossed our Southern Border, as did nearly 20,00 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Additionally Millions of pounds of drugs including, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, entered the U.S.

    12. The National policy Institute, estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion. An average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a 5 year period.

    13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in to their home countries.

    14. 'The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One MILLION sex crimes committed by Illegals.

    The total cost is a whopping $ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. More than enough for a "Stimulus Package"

    Are we THAT stupid?

    NOTE: The above list originally included URL links verifying all of the above. If you want to know why they are omitted, you may wish to email Brent Jones, managing editor of USA Today @ accuracy@usatoday.com He’s the IGNORANUS who now prohibits the inclusion of URLs linked to conservative web sites. P.C. is alive & well @ USAT.
    And why are we NOT surprised?

    April 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. burt

    What makes them any different than George (wiretap requires a court order) Bush and Dick (Valery Plame who?) Cheney? Seems they all broke the law. Darn... I forgot, the privledge few

    April 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Andrew

    Maybe sales tax, but not income tax.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    This protection of illegal immigrants is going to backfire on the dems. The majority of Americans support enforcement of immigration laws.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john

    Kudos to Arizona. In reality, those opposed to the bill are only concerned about one thing: getting these illegal MEXICANS legal status to strengthen their voting pool. They have no facts or even an argument to speak of, so they throw out the race card. Typical. Round em up and boot em out. Im sick of paying the way for jose and his 9 kids and the mother who sits home barefoot and pregnant all day. Get rid of them.

    PA Resident.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Max

    Regarding illegal aliens who are referred to by some as "undocumented". Why not just get "documents" before you come to this country, like the people from all the other countries of the world. They get "documents" and then they come to this country and everything is fine. Is there as "special" reason that Mexicans and other "Latinos" should not have to get "documents" like everyone else? There are an estimated 15 million Mexicans who are in this country "undocumented", are they "better" then say 15 million Indians, or 15 million Chinese, or 15 million Africans who would also like to be in this country "undocumented", but we keep them out because they don't have "documents"? If "undocumented" status is OK for Mexicans and other "Latinos" then it should be OK for all the other peoples of the world. If that were the case, the "jobs no one want to do" would not be done by Mexicans, most would be done by Indians or Chinese – there are 1.3 billion Chinese and 1.0 billion Indians, and tens of millions of them would like to work in this country "undocumented". What's "fair" for the rest of the world is "fair" for the Mexicans and other "Latinos", they should be required to have "documents" in order to be in this country.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Eric

    Here is an idea. Let's give the Federal Government enough money to properly police the borders so the good people of Arizona don't have to take it upon themselves to do so. All we have to do is be willing to pay for it. While we're at it, we can give them enough money to regulate the banks, and enough to monitor the safety practices in coal mines. Oh, that's right – we don't like taxes. Sorry – I forgot.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Peter / Pedro

    This is awesome! I think we ALL should have to carry around our passports to prove American citizenship. The teaparty rejects already have their stupid manpurses to carry them in. Realistically people, its the US citizens of Hispanic decent or appearance that will be adversely and unjustly affected. It's easy for Joe from Wisconsin who snowbirds in Surprise, AZ to say that its a great law. If your name was Juan, born and raised in Tucson....

    April 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rolando Z Garcia An american Marine

    what is it that people don't under stand, illegals are criminal thay came into this country and
    broke our laws, check out the social secuirty offices in the morning, wic/office and the
    welfare office, our schools, the presidents of Mexico has no right to speak about our
    problem, why don't he provide jobs, school, opportinuity for his own people to stay in thier
    belove country. if its so great go back and fight for your right don't steal from us. our own
    Obama said at a community meeting, calling on all Latinos and blacks to unite and support
    his own vision of america, what happen in his all American getting to work together this is
    racist by this president. illegal of all races go back and fight for your rights don't try to
    change our way of life, our mix cultures and yes you don't have rights in america you
    are illegal and criminal. i feel for the children of illegal, knowing that thier parents are criminal. thank god for the people of Arizona that took a stands againist illegals and yes
    we will vist Arizona this summer. don't be mislead by the Washignton redical spokeman
    only trying for your vote and money. God Bless Arizona. we should boycot San Fransico
    and its anti-american goal. or better impeach this President be fore its too late.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. beth

    They need a red pass port with their info who they are. Then they can only work in the USA. No education,health care or welfare will be allowed to benefit them

    April 28, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    Is this racial profiling? Yes. You're ignorant if you think it isn't. But, it's also just a simple matter of numbers. Are more hispanics likely to be questioned regarding this? Absolutely. And why? Because MOST illegals in AZ are hispanic. In my opinion, which I'm sure many will consider racist, it's about time we started being a little less politically correct about things and actually get something accomplished. Let's look out for our legal residents for once. What about my right not to drive through Guadalupe to get to my job without fear of being car jacked? What about my right to have my taxes help those that deserve it legally. These people are STEALING from every taxpayer. Period. End of story. They have walked into our houses and taken money from our wallets. If you can't see this, you're delusional.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RuthWillSetUFree

    dpw– so if those facts are true, are you suggesting we need government to resolve the problem? why not mount a grass roots campaign to stop supporting businesses who employ illegals? it would be very easy to maintain a public website listing such establishments. i thought you conservatives were against bigger government? it seems it should be quite simple to find a private, legal solution to this issue.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
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