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. Moose

    LOL! No hables Ingles! No mas! HA!!!!

    Glad to see that we're finally booting these ingrates to the curb. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. Oooooohhhhh, sure hope I don't get asked for my driver's license when I get pulled over. Oh wait, that's happened to me my whole life. That's so weird - I didn't mind it then....and I DON'T MIND IT NOW!!! That's because I live in this country. I'm not here to choke the medical, educational, social, and judicial systems with my anchor babies.

    C ya! Back to where you belong!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bruce

    @ Tammy, so it's okay to pass a law that on it's face, is arbitrary and discriminatory? It's okay that those "who look like they're not here legally," but actually are citizens have to go through the degrading process of being detained and having to prove that they are citizens? When you went to law school, did they teach you about things like "equal protection?" It seems that the people in Arizona who support the law are the ones who don't have to worry about arbitrarily detained, and possibly searched (did they teach you about the 4th Amendment, too?). Since when was it up to Arizona to do the Feds job anyway? Last time I checked, border checkpoints are manned and I see border patrol vehicles all the time, EVEN IN ARIZONA. I think the correct statement is that Arizona just doesn't like the way the Feds are doing their job. While were on the subject of people doing their jobs, why can't the Arizona Department of Transportation make sure they license safe drivers? Arizona drivers make Boston rush hour drivers seem safe.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. taylored

    Why is everyone getting upset??? The key to this is ILLEGAL. We are not against immigration. Let's be logical about this. If you support illegal immigration then I wonder what other illegal activities you support.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Moose

    Glad to see that the "undocumented workers"....er....illegal Mexicans....oooops....ummm, illegal immigrants are getting the boot.There's the door - don't let it hit you on the way out.

    And take your anchor babies with you!!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Moose Knuckles

    My illegal immigrants – use the system to your advantage! 2/3rds of Americans are obese, and this includes caucasian ladies too! You'll find them in the ice cream isle at your local grocery store, or in front of their televisions petting their cats watching reality tv. Just suck it up and marry them then presto....you are now a legal citizen!!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Moose

    FINALLY!!!! Arizona has the guts to do what Obama is too afraid to do.

    Excellent job Arizona!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jerry

    Things were fine a few years ago when they were living in the shadows but then the Latino activist opened their big fat mouths and got all the attention they wanted. Now there's a backlash because of you morons, you didn't help the illegals, you made it worse for them because now you got the tea baggers crying to Washington so now they are enforcing the laws.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Moose Knuckles

    Moose, I think your sister must be married to a Mexican....guess she knows what chorizo tastes like now. Imbred hillybilly need not apply-

    April 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bruce

    Joe, you should be on the Fox News website, then, seeing how you're so "fair and balanced." As for you Moose, it sounds like you got pulled over for having a few too many six-packs at a frat party. As for ingrates? They do the jobs that you refuse to do, even though by the sound of your verbage, the only thing you're really intelligent enough to do is vaccuum out the crap from chemical toilets.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Moose

    Newsflash to all illegal Mexicans: GO HOME and STAY OUT!

    P.S. The free medical care and schooling that we've provided to you and your family has just been eighty-sixed! No mas!!! LOL!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Moose

    More drugs, more robberies, more DUIs, more gangs, NO THANKS! We're done with you sucking our judicial system dry.

    And if you're not happy about this new law, THEN YOU MUST NOT BE PAYING TAXES! LOL!!!

    Illegal Mexicans >> doing the jobs Americans wont do (DUIs, drugs, gangs, etc)

    April 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dennis

    Why are Latinos the first in the case of illegal immigration, to squeal and cry foul.?

    This is and act of legal self defense on AZ part, due to the Fed's doing little on Illegal Immigration. Mex / latin american Illegals have over run this country at an exponetialy higher number than any european, russian or asian.

    Get off your macho high horse and stop whineing. Live with the shame of what your own people are doing to your own group. Get over it.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lisa

    What people don't consider on these pages are the actual people that make up the illegal aliens. These are people with businesses and children at school. they own property and pay lots of taxes. Illegal immigrant are given working permits which they pay taxes with, but they don't get to reap the benefits of SS. They have been here so long - many more than 10-15 years living without papers but adding to the community in many ways. It seems inhuman to kick them out at this point.

    Also there is no way for someone from Equador or Colombia or Mexico etc to enter the country legally. Immigration has been closed for many years to these countries.

    Before kicking them out and promising all these jobs to the americans that didn't want them to begin with, you better think twice. What you are left with will be a desert. But that's already Arizona

    April 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Moose


    Also glad to see that Mexico has issued a travel warning.....that's excellent! The less Mexicans here ILLEGALLY, the better.

    Look - if you show up in my country uninvited, and then DEMAND that I provide FREE medical, judicial, and social care to you, then you can leave NOW.

    No hables Ingles!!!!! LOL!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lynn

    I totally support this bill in Arizona. Only those who live there know what it's really like over there. How can anyone who doesn't understand the reasons they made this bill criticize them. If people where coming to your nieghborhood and creating chaos and making you feel vulenrable then and only then can you have a say in the laws in your state. Everyone is making this a racial issue and it isn't. It doesn't matter what race they are, it's the people who are creating this issue.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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