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. Patricia

    WOW TODD HERE WITH ALL HIS CAPS SOUNDS LIKE HE WOULD MAKE A GREAT BORDER PATROL OFFICIAL OR MINUTEMAN! OR MAYBE HE COULD WORK IN LAW ENFORCEMENT IN ARIZONA!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jude

    God was blown to bits a long long time ago and became everything you see and don't see in the entirety of our universe. Everything, you, me, them you hate, the trees and paper these words are written on to coerce and use to further divide that which is ALL god. Learn to understand we live in a very small world, which gets smaller and smaller and it will be shared by all as equals until we are all one and only then God will become one again.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Des de Texas

    Murlowe, if you miss your siblings you should go join them. Mexico is a crime infested dump. Canada is not. The only things Canadians come here to take advantage of is our current health care system but they pay for it. Though, we should shut that border down too since African thugs and radical Muslims are now using it as a gateway to enter the country.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Spanish American

    Patricia, well kindly provide the state you live in and I'll provide the address. As far as that educated fellow you mentioned, Dumazz, I believe it was. Wasn't he the one spitting out words of hate and racism to us Americans that only want the law enforced. My posts were always from the heart and as honest as could be without insults of any kind. And they will continue to be as such.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dumazz Sez

    Mom.. U were wronged.. by one man driving a car. No one else had anything to do with it. It wasnt any of their faults besides the driver that u got hit by. So dont blame every illegal for what u went through. My friend Juan is illegal, and he washes dishes at 3 different restaraunts to send money back to his kids in Mexico. He rides a bicycle to work everyday. All he dreams of is feeding his kids. If it was so easy to get into this country legally, u think he would be here illegally? Or maybe they just dont want to make anymore latinos in to americans? Or maybe u just have to have so much money to buy your citizenship. Dont juudge every situation because of what u went thru mom. There are good people out there that are at limits end, and all they want is to feed their family. Is that so wrong?

    P.S. I also have an asian friend who bought his green card for $30,000. So u tell me whats more of a crime?

    I dont understand how some of u so called christians lack so much compassion and pity. How can u hate on a man, when his only dream is to feed his kids?

    April 29, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. JOHN DOE

    .... FUNK ILLEGALS ...

    April 29, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tempe

    Lets review what this law is. This is a state government taking ownership of non US citizens in the US. It defines it as trespassing. Now a district in a European country decides to overrule their countries law for free passage for Americas in their country. Presumably because one of their own was arrested in AZ and the US government failed to step in. Yes that wasn't the intent. But the law will be abused, sooner or later. Either by us in AZ or someplace else. I'll be traveling to some small local municipal government in Europe later this year. I hope one of their own will not be the one that will be abused by this law, as I hope to not fall victim to a local law passed in retaliation. This is a unprecedented law that has the potential of disrupting global privileges for US citizens. Everyone should think about this law "could" do. I hope the US government steps in and blocks the AZ law from taking affect. Setting a example for other local municipalities across the globe.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chad Lietz

    What part of ILLEGAL do people not understand?

    What people need to be asking here is this, "Wwhat is the real motive behind the objections of those who find this new law such a huge issue?"

    Ccertain groups, individuals and powers that be all have alterior motives at play here. These powers to do want our immigration laws enforced, they have their individual reasons, but I can assure you, none of those reasons include the best interests of this nation or it's people.

    The fact remains that individuals who are in this nation illegally are in fact breaking the law. Their actions show contempt for our laws, our government and our people.They are in fact syaing in no uncertain terms that if they want it they will take it.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. sickandtired

    Moose is right on! Enjoyed reading your posts.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. D

    So when is the "Tea Party" going to get its papers and become legal?

    April 29, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. John Smith

    It's a great day for the bigots, racists and tea-baggers. It's also a great day to be living in Canada. Almost as mind-blowing as watching George W. Bush get elected to a second term. Clinton gets impeached and Bush re-elected. And Sarah Palin is considered a serious candidate. Thanks, U.S., from one grateful Canadian.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ted

    Excellent News! KEEP S.F.s diseased Sodomites quarantined in S.F., build a fence around S.F. Also offer any alien $500 to leave AZ. and a Free Bus ride to S.F. NO STOPS ALONG THE WAY. They won't be arrested when arrive, and can move on to other Liberal states like Washington and Oregon if S.F. Sodomy can't be tolerated. The great sucking sound from S.F. is causing the Magma to be pulled from center of earth and causing volcanoes.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Des de Texas

    I've noticed that the libtards on here try to get the upper hand in their losing argument by calling people racists or pointing out spelling errors. Both irreleaent to the topic.

    I recommend we allow 1 (one) state open their borders to Mexico and they can come and go as they please. Let's go with.... California. The other 49 states can make their decisions based on the outcome of that experiment. That's how it should be. It's better to let one state make a mistake than let the federal government make the mistake for all 50 states.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jude

    The world laughs at the ignorance and hate our county is now infested with. All in the guise of nice patriotic white folks...such little devils...spew venom in their efforts to keep our country backwards. How blind they are.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. jason

    @Des

    Mexico is a crime infested dump. unfortunately i live about 10 miles away from said crime infested dump in the lovely town of El Paso. Anyone who wants to argue differently needs to come and live by the border for a couple of weeks. Perhaps catch a glimpse of the mexican army providing cover to some cartels while they bring their little packages of joy into the US. (216 incursions detcted by the DHS in the last 10 years). If you're going to come here legally i dont have a problem with it, but please check the cholo attitude at the border. Everyone here is tired of the criminal activity associated with illegals entering into the US.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
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