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. Dave

    Not allowed in this Bill TexasVoice. Racial profiling is not allowed. READ THE BILL!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. me

    I like Mexican illegal immigrants. They cross the border into a foreign land and take menial jobs working at miserable wages.

    I despise European illegal immigrants. They come onto foreign shores and start murdering the natives and stealing their land.

    Anybody remembers history?

    April 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ruth

    I am a U.S. Citizen and I was born in the United States, I am also Hispanic, I understand that Illegals should not be in this country, but what I don't like is that I can be stopped and questioned, we are going to be treated like second class citizens because our skin is brown. I do not like this law. Illegal immigrants should be stopped before they come into the U.S.that is why it is called the border.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Newborn

    How about these nazzis!

    April 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AZ

    What is the worse thing to see when a bus full illegal detainees heading to Mexico ??? A EMPTY SEAT!!! So hopefully the AZ will make sure each bus is packed full of them illegals heading back to Mexico.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark D

    Ruth, spare me the oh poor you speech. You damn well know that won't happen and if you don't then you're and idiot. Imagine the outrage that would take place and the media attention that would occur if that were to happen. You know that won't so please stop, you won't get any pity.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jeff

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shiloh

    I had to read on npr.org that the president of Mexico has denounced the law and is going to be discussing it with President Obama next month along with trade agreements. How sad CNN is so far behind in the real news and replaying week old news.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Diego

    Diego the any person part is just equal protection of the law.

    Exactly. That's why that protection against unlawful search and seizure applies to them as well. You just don't seem to understand that it is the LEGAL immigrants and citizens who will have their rights violated under this law. I should be able to go anywhere in this country without being detained since I am a US citizen. However, now if an AZ cop thinks I look suspiciously like an illegal immigrant they can detain, harrass, and even arrest me. Does that sound like America to you? Not the one I served for 22 years in the Armed Forces.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Me

    What I find very racist, is people insisting that illegal Mexicans only take jobs that Americans don't want in the first place. Before illegals started pouring into this country in record numbers, American citizens were doing the farming, ditch digging, hotel room cleaning, table waiting, house painting, tile laying, etc, etc, etc. Saying that these jobs are only fit for Mexicans and that Americans won't do them is racist as hell. We need to get a handle on whose in this country because as more illegals move in and take up more and more of the jobs, they will be driving down the pay scale to a point where substantial portions of the legal population can't make enough money to live on. Then where's the government going to get all the money they like to spend?

    April 28, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    I also find it funny that on most issues liberals want the US to be more European but on this they disagree with their liberal leaning brothers. In France its a prisonable offense to not carry your Identification. In Ireland Americans are constantly stopped and asked about papers and many students that screw up their visa work get sent home. Many other European countries have national ID cards. The US has the largest contiguous border with another nation and one of the few world powers to directly border an underdeveloped nation. The bill clearly addresses racial profiling and how they will gain reasonable suspicion, such as the work of gang enforcement task forces (which is really the people that use ICE laws everywhere they are applied).

    If you haven't read the bill then stop commenting until you do. Its 17 pages and only takes 30 minutes or less to read it all.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark D

    Newborn... You are a perfect example of how the liberals gather there talking points from one place and then all decide to use them on the same article. You guys love to claim we mimic glenn beck and rush yet you morons don't have an original thought in your brains.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cyrus Jones

    Americans are a bunch of cry babies... Pick any other country in the world.... any one.. go ahead.. pick one.. from A to Z... Don't care which... Try to walk around without proper ID.. Try to enter the country illegally ... Try to get a job, exchange money, get an apartment.. stay in a hotel.. Your asses are going to be asked for ID.

    When my brothers were taken from our shores by the white people, we weren't afforeded the rights people are now holding up as proof that all men are created equal. The consitution was written for one reason and that was to allow them white bastards to raise an army to kick the british (who didn't agree with slavery) out... That was the only reason they did it! There it stood for 76 years.. men created equal... 76 years ... while my brothers rotted in the fields and had their babies taken from them to market. 76 years of equal rights for all men in this country.

    Today there are no more equal rights than there are hairs on the forefathers heads.. People need to wake up and smell the coffee.. You have no rights but what the government tells you you have... That's the way of the world .. get over it..

    – Cyrus Jones

    April 28, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Diego, I can not believe for a minute you served in the armed forces of THIS country. You are obviously Hispanic which you have previously denied. I think your just full of shit and baiting reverse racism because you have anger issues and want to oppose this legislation. BTW: Do you know anything about what you keep rambling about? Anything at all?

    April 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Des de Texas

    I've noticed a consistency in people who have posted here and saying they are latino or a minority and also saying that they support this law. By the way the media portrays this pro-illegal immigration crowd, you would think that every hispanic man, woman and child is against Arizona. They don't seem to be at all. In fact, it seems that the ones who speak English and did things the legal way STRONGLY support this bill. Why wouldn't they? They are the ones competing for jobs with the illegals. About 95% of the comments on this thread support this law and I'm sure that reflects LEGAL Americans who support it.

    NO AMNESTY LIKE IN '86!!! EVER AGAIN!!! THE FACT THAT THEY BROKE THE LAW TO GET HERE SPEAKS VOLUMES IN TERMS OF WHAT KIND OF CITIZENS THEY WOULD MAKE! I know people who were granted amnesty in '86. Some still don't speak English! They had no reason to assimilate to our way of life so they didn't.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
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