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. Mike

    Diego I serve now in the US Army and have studied constitutional law at the University level. Asking for ID doesn't violate the 4th Amendment protection to search and seizure. You may be unware of this but many states have laws that require a person to present identification to a police officer if in a public location, this isn't widely known because cops do not abuse this. There is problem with the wording I agree, I could correct it with about 10 seconds of labor, but the bill itself clearly dictates what reasonable suspicion is. I lived in NOVA for years and Prince William County enacted a similar law with similar protests, but since then the law has proven vastly effective in lowering crime rates and raising property values all while gaining massive support among the legal Hispanic population. The cops do not just pull a mexican, El Salvadorian, Columbian, etc off the streets and hassle them for ID. They grab the guys they are already investigating in crimes, that they have detained for another reason, or are known members of gangs. This is what the AZ bill provides for in accordance to ICE laws set up by the federal government. Again read the bill fully, and don't just let CNN, MSNBC or Fox News tell you what is up, b/c they are all wrong.
    In addition everyone who favors and opposes the bill should contact their congressmen. If they were doing their job and passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill that addressed securing the borders, proper deportation protocol, punishing corporations and businesses that hire illegals, and puts an emphasis on welfare reform (people shouldn't be able to collect welfare if there is available jobs that they are physically capable of doing and opt not to) then this bill wouldn't even be an issue.

    PS all you guys posting about Europeans stealing your land, you are lumping a group of descendants that came over the course of hundreds of years. The land was not in the hands of Native Americans when the Irish came in waves, wasn't in the hands of Natives when Eastern Europeans came in droves, etc. In addition native americans warred with one another and were constantly changing the boundaries of their nations and most of your history on the Mexican American war, Mexican Texan war, and even the succession of power among the Spanish and Mexican is so wrong it is amazing that you comment on it.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Not all conservatives are racist. Nor are all racists conservative.

    But you'd better believe racists vote conservative.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. michael roice

    With the governments permission I'll camp the border and shoot them as they come across...please, someone high up give me immunity from prosecution, I'd like a chance to secure the border!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark D

    Haha, jeff, a liberal, calling tea partiers hypocritical. That's a laugh. If you would take the time to read some of the other comments you would see that that particular issue was addressed earlier and pretty much put to rest that it didn't violate the 14th amendment, but go ahead and keep sprouting you liberal talking points and make your self look like an idiot.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Juju

    Ok Folk
    Let's look at the real reason there is a problem.

    GREED!!
    The illegals want our free education free health and free food
    We use them for the cheap labor.
    Inforce the law. If the discription of the mexican law is true we should implament it here. But we must also inforce the laws applying to the employers. When it gets cheaper to hire legal workers than to get into trouble with the cheaper labor then we will see change. When we cut down on what the illegals get free they will stop coming. As it is all they need is that anchor baby and they are set for the next 18 years. I have seen a mother go in to a welfare office to get help with daycare and be told that it would be better if she stayed home and the case worker did her damdest to get her food ,cash allowance and housing. Only catch she cant work. What a deal. Mean while a family of 3 making 20grand a year makes to much for food stamps.
    We all need to open our eyes and minds . It's not about race it's about money

    April 28, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    I just had to chime in...the phase inalienable rights is found on the Declaration of Independance, which if I'm not mistaken was a propaganda document written to justifiy a rebellion. The Declaration of Independance was never a law. Inalienable rights are not found anywhere in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. The Constitution does contain the phase, We the People of the United States.....and it would appear that the People of the United States are completely fed up with the invasion of illegal aliens in this country. I would also make the point that if these illegal aliens are such wonderful, hard working people, why are their counties of origin such complete shitholes? One would think Mexico is paradise due to all the fine, upstanding, hard working, well educated people who are born there and then hop the fence to come here. No one invited these illegal aliens to come here, we dont want them here, and we are under no obligation to take care of them. Deport em all

    April 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. concerned

    Im brown and proud. If i go to Arizona a cop sees im brown Ill get pulled over. Sure I have my id but i will get targeted. When i married my husband he became legal and guess what....He's serving along side other AMERICAN Soldiers in the fight against terrorism, watching their back fighting for a freedom that we are getting taken away. Something is wrong with this picture. While they because a lot of latinos serve inthe armed forces our rights are being violated. Next thing you know they will have what was called "wetback raids" in the 60s. They rounded anyone who looked mexican regardless of their citizenship because the anglo race felt threaten by our presence here. Joe Maricopa be mistaken for someone with brown skin and may get pulled over too.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ME

    How the heck do people think they get the same rights as AMERICANS when they are not?? can I go to Canada and enjoy the healthcare system or get a job???? NO!!!! I am really shocked at all of the non-American Americans!!! bleeding heart PUSSIES!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jeff

    Mark we shall see if this law does not violate the constitution... When this law is smakced down then we shall see who is the idiot

    April 28, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Des de Texas

    Physika, all you hear is blah blah blah because you're narrow-minded and naive like a school child. You have no sense of reality and no ability to reason. Cry us a river. ILLEGAL IS NOT A RACE". And it doesn't offend anyone when you call us that because since have nothing else to say. You're like a child who gets angry and takes their toys and goes home. Grow up.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe_American

    The foreing invasion has raped our nation. Stop all immigration and give the world rubbers, rubbers, and more rubbers. Our resources are being raped byh foreigners. We hate each other in the nation and prove daily that ethnic integration is not possible. Stop the stupidity and lets' stop immigratino now.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SouthWest

    You people in support of this law are pinheads. The US Constitution protects everyone. It is through protection of everyone's rights that any of us have rights. I can't imagine the total net benefit in dollars illegals provide the state of Arizona. If you think the net is a loss, just wait to see what happens if this is enforced.

    Just plain stupid.

    Now go watch some more Fox News and get yourselves all riled-up over the next thing Beck talks about. And ask Palin how many illegals work in Alaska's fishing export industry.

    Pinheads.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Adam

    Instead of coming to America illegally, they should just "sign the guestbook." I don't know why these illegal immigrants couldnt figure that out! They put themselves through hell and risk their lives by hiring a coyote and then when they get here they live as basically indentured servants in fear of deportation. They do all of that, when they could just come here legally! I can't believe they don't check in, why are they so stupid. All they need to do is sign the guestbook.

    Wait.

    That's not how it works?

    April 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. IllEagle-J1

    It is interesting to read some of these comments. It reminds me of a statement I read in a museum in Germany.

    WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE QUEERS, i LOOKED THE OTHER WAY.
    WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE SICKLY, I LOOKED THE OTHER WAY.
    WHEN THEY CAME FRO THE GYPSY'S I LOOKED THE OTHER WAY.
    WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE LAME., I LOOKED THE OTHER WAY.
    WHEN THEY CAME FOR THE JEWS, I LOOKED THE OTHER WAY.
    wHO WILL LOOK THE OTHER WAY WHEN THEY COME FOR ME???

    Those words a relevence even now, despots pick a weak group and tell the people that THEY ARE TO BLAME FOR YOUR ILLS.
    Only they group changes until your group is the one TO BLAME FOR THE ILLS!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jason

    That comment about how illegal immigrants become victims of cheap labor and how legal immigrants are the lifeblood of the economy? See how well the economy does if you take that cheap labor away from some of those Arizona companies. People all yell that illegal immigrants steal jobs but I'd like to see you do some of the jobs the illegal immigrants are taking.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
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