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. AMC

    John, you are ANOTHER IDIOT! Most who are against this law are citizens. Get your facts straight and don't assume stuff you make right from your tiny little head.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. lowflier84

    All of you who are against this law, you are supporting drug dealers, human traffickers, murders and thieves. You are allowing coyotes to smuggle people across the border for thousands of dollars and then leave them in the desert to die. You are for women and children being brought across the border to be forced into prostitution.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    Last time I will post this, since most of you that "oppose" the bill do so without reading it or knowing what it is at all outside of the soundbites you have heard on the news.
    Go there, read the bill in its entirety. It addresses the suspicion issue, the repercussions for improper action, the need for just cause (something you need for any court case), strict provisions on profiling, and when in practice the law will be enacted (for example people already detained for crimes, traffic stops, being a known member of a gang). This law will not stop the guy at 7/11 getting a cup of coffee or leaving his office in Tempe.

    Again, for or against it, READ the bill

    April 29, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dumazz Sez

    Why don't we just line up all the white people on one side of the border, arm them with guns and shoot anyone that looks suspicious? They all want to cross over anyways, lets just shoot them before they get the chance...

    Mom in PHX i hope your not Christian, because i do believe Christ said not to judge people.. and you're judging a whole slew of people by the actions of one moron.. good job mom. Nice moral your instilling in your children.


    April 29, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Browndude

    Sign me up, why are you unemployed? Did you go to college? Did you have a business and it failed? Or did your life decisions make it so that your low level job was inevitably dumped by the recent economic crisis? Hmm either way, i bet you wherever you live there is a nice spot in the local nursery, picking and planting ...plants! lol For you. Sure its hard, but it pays about six dollars an hour. Should do you good. Oh and yet again.. ignorance is bliss... they DO not get free healthcare people... they pay for it in cash! Ive seen it first hand! Ive had to translate for people at my church when they get hurt or sick! C A S H. Free food? From where? Theyre not legal so they dont get aid because of fear of deportation! Your points are moot and simply obvious you just repeat what you hear on some republican show. How about you go work at a factory, or something hard like grass mowing and shut up.Why do you need unemployment in the first place? Bad choices in life, hard to admit and to say but... its your own fault.
    Not the undocumented

    April 29, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alex

    Kristina youre partly right. Yes Mexicans are not Hispanics, and Spaniards are ALSO not Hispanics...they are as I said Spaniards, or the Spanish. Hispanics refer to descendants of mixtures of Spanish, slaves, and native people...Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans really. Most other places in which The Spanish established a presence were able to keep most of their native populations intact. All you have to do is look at the difference between Hispanics like MLB's Alex Rodriguez for example, and just about any Mexican you see anywhere.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Kyle E

    Why do ALL debates on very detailed matters dissolve into extreme mudslinging that only angers everyone equally on both sides of the issue, with no resolution? The history of our Country has shown that we are great a just ignoring issues until it gets so big that something has to be done. At this tipping point our politicians are placed in the middle of a now fuming debate with hardened positions that leave little room for reasonable people to have rational discussions to resolve the issue.

    I'm reasonably sure that Arizona is on the front lines of the immigration issue, and has been pushed beyond the tipping point due to lack of federal action on this issue for decades. Lets stop the blame game, leave partisan bickering at the door, and work together on this to make an immigration policy that can work for both the U.S. and Mexico.

    It may be a dream that we can actually do something constructive, and not have to resolve issues like schoolyard bullies; and if we can't, all of us will be left feeling beat up in the end.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Patricia

    "Sign me up", the illegal life sounds pretty awesome!!!! maybe you should go enter another country illegally and get yourself all that free stuff! Or else, throw out all your documents and pretend you're illegal, then you can get yourself some free healthcare, right?! Also, remember that time we almost considered a plan with universal healthcare...I bet that would've helped you out a bit, too bad it never went into the final healthcare bill.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. hueygunner

    April 28th, 2010
    3:31 pm ET

    Anyone here actually READ the U.S. Constitution? It applies to EVERYONE, not just Americans. Sounds to me like everyone's been getting their info from either Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly or that total moron, Sarah Palin. Our Bill of Rights state that everyone has INALIENABLE RIGHTS, not just American citizens or residents of Phoenix, Arizona. When the "Teabaggers" get their way, they'll start complaining that they now have to pay $5.99 fr a head of lettuce. And again, they'll find someone else to assign the blame to.
    Posted by: Bruce


    First, only the first ten amendments are properly considered The Bill of Rights. Number 14 is not part of The Bill of Rights, it's just an amendment to the Constitution. Second, now read the 14th amendment a little closer; see the pesky part about being born or naturalized.


    Section. 1. 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 29, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rick

    I keep reading that all the great workers here illegally have done so much for us.

    They no doubt have led us to the moon, built their own Yale, Havard, Automobiles, Tractors, Bull Dozers, Water treatment facilities, Ships, Airplanes etc.

    Their inventors are world renound, Their bathrooms are all clean and thier schools are so great, that they are coming here to help us.

    Thanks illegals for coming to save us.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. AMC

    lowflier84: What's so convincing about what makes you think that. Are these people who are against these law issuing that? No! Stop playing little games. I don't know what you are doing. I'm not into them. This made me laugh: drug dealers, human traffickers, murders and thieves.
    Please make all of us a favor and get out of here. Get real!

    April 29, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. Spanish American

    As I said in my post 848, I'm Spanish and support this bill 100%, we remove ALL illegal aliens and have them re-apply to enter. But this is only the beginning of this process. We need to do something regarding the companies that employ these people, go after the people that offer them housing and such. My tax dollars should not be used to help support the people that don't deserve them, such as illegals and unfortunately the lazy Americans.

    Leniency is not the answer as it would be a slap in the face to all legal immigrants who waited, filed out the proper paperwork, and paid the appropriate fees to enter. If thats the case, in 20 years from now, we'll have another immigration problem, so why bother applying when you can just come for free now for free citizenship down the road. We can't continue the trend.

    Also, Americans should be proud to be Americans, what is the purpose of parading a foreign flag during a "civil rights" protest?? Thats ridiculous and absurd!!

    WTH, maybe the Federal gov should do something about it instead of lecturing AZ, bravo AZ!! Make sure to send all your illegals to San Fran, when caught. Bet they'll think differently about this bill then 🙂

    April 29, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dumazz Sez

    Lowflier... your an idiot. thats like saying anyone who smokes weed supports terrorism. Well I smoke weed and I dont support terror. How do I know. I know tha guy that grew the weed. He is American and he pays taxes. And do you honestly think that Human Trafficking, Drug Dealing, Murdering and Stealing is limited to one race? Or maybe, just maybe does it happen across all races? Close the border. You think that would solve the murders and any other crime? Crimes are a human issue, not a race issue... MORON!

    April 29, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. MK03

    Why are we still giving these losers our attention?

    April 29, 2010 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. JNS

    Listen to what you are saying, no constitutional rights are being violated here. The AZ government is telling it's police they can now enforce current immigration laws. Then you follow that up with $6 lettuce, this must mean that these illegal aliens are being treated unfairly by not being properly paid. Doesn't that violate all types of current laws and items in the constitution. So which one is ok, to enforce completely constitutional laws or the status quo.


    Anyone here actually READ the U.S. Constitution? It applies to EVERYONE, not just Americans. Sounds to me like everyone's been getting their info from either Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly or that total moron, Sarah Palin. Our Bill of Rights state that everyone has INALIENABLE RIGHTS, not just American citizens or residents of Phoenix, Arizona. When the "Teabaggers" get their way, they'll start complaining that they now have to pay $5.99 fr a head of lettuce. And again, they'll find someone else to assign the blame to.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
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