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. Tom

    The guy named Moose who felt the need to leave multiple messages. You're an idiot. Go back to your klan or your redneck buddies. To all the others who are with those who say "Illegal isnt a race", just take a look at all of the comments directed towards Mexicans. No matter what your opinion on the subject is, the fact is that this law does target a race.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    Wow, the liberals are out in full force tonight...there is no reason why we can't profile to prevent against breaking the law. Police put up drunk driving checkpoints which cause the innocent law-abiding drivers to be delayed and questions...so be it. Illegal immigration is bankrupting state and it needs to be stopped. Stop calling it racist and start realizing 'political correctness' isn't always the best policy. I can't imagine what legal residents of the southern Mexican border states go through but I thank God I live in North Dakota where we have no illegal immigrant problem...maybe that's why we are the #1 state economy, lowest unemployment, and one of the safest states in the country...

    April 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrea

    It's not ok for illegals to take advantage of the system, but it's also not ok for the law to state you can be questioned if you are under suspicion of being illegal. This opens the door to racial profiling. My question is what is Arizona stating as being suspicious. I believe it's going to bring problems. Legal Hispanics are going to be punished because of this law and as a citizen it just isn't fair.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tizroc

    I don't think anyone is saying that the laws should not be enforced. It is people like 1158 "Frank" who are wrong. No, you are wrong. 100%! It is against the law to profile. Our system of justice was founded on the principle that it is better to let 9 go free than to wrongly punish 1. That was the sentiment of the "real" founding fathers, not Glenn Beck and O'reilly founding fathers.

    It is time you guys get off your duff and read the federalist papers and other periodicals of the day to learn what your founding fathers wanted. Not just what you are displacing from your own feelings onto the founding fathers.

    Again, it is NOT okay to profile as the legal immigrants and the people of south American descent are to have the freedom from harassment that this bill obviously stomps all over. I can understand the frustration, particularly in these hard and desperate times. That doesn't negate the need to protect the few who are legal from prosecution and harassment. If that means letting some illegals go then that is the price we pay for our rights, the police must find another way!

    April 29, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Erico

    Yo' Arizona Law Enforcement:
    Do not harras nor race profile
    this South American
    US (United States) Citizen !!

    April 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gary

    Join "Stand with Arizona (and Against Illegal Immigration)" on Facebook

    April 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mark

    the Republicans, took reform off the table this year and yet you all support the Republicans in your state! The Tea Party is so full of contractions and hypocrisy that's it's gone beyond laughable!

    The Tea Party is a confused bunch of fools who will never be a recognized as their own party because they are so easily manipulated by Republicans and people with money.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. abraham

    don't you all forget that you were not invited in in the land of the free. a lots of things happened for you all to be where you are today. so, don't forget the past.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. abraham

    If the gop (good opposition party) is so right on many issiue, including their own health care , how can anyone expect to get a good public service from someone whose committed for negativity.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. whatever

    Why is it that when the word ïmmigrant"comes up people think of Hispanics? Last time I checked theres Asians, Irish, people from the islands there's all sorts of immigrants, but yet only Hispanics are being targeted. It's ridiculous!

    April 29, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUserious

    1.) Hispanics hijacked the word latino, this isn't historically correct. Italians, French, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.,. are the REAL latins. HISPANICS in reality look like, and are decendents of their aztec/mayan/meso-american indigenous peoples.
    2.) Mexican immigrants are cool, I'm married to one and my kids are half. People don't get it's not about LEGAL IMMIGRANTS.
    3.) This law just won't work BUT maybe it'll make people wake up and set up rules that DO WORK.
    4.) The REAL ISSUE is that no one should have to pay for the amount of benefits illegals kids. I work in healthcare and have seen millions of dollars being spent on treating illegals – especially the ones that stereotypically pop out 3-6 kids; it's rediculous and it IS STEREOTYPICAL.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patrick

    The problem is south of the border. They need to be more like us, not vice versa.

    We've turned a blind eye to the corruption in Mexico for far too long. Until Mexico joins the 21st century, the problems will get worse.

    The irony of Mexicans crying racist in America is ridiculous. If it's bad here, it's straight up apartheid in Mexico.

    European Mexicans in the Federal Zone control everything.

    We import their labor caste and pretend it makes us social crusaders. Cheap menial labor and a clean conscience. It's ok because we don't exploit them quiet as badly as they'd be exploited in Mexico, you see. Nice how that works.

    Now the Cartels are exploiting the resentment against a corrupt and unfair system. Their open intimidation of the government is de facto anarchy.

    Mexico is out of control. We need to lean on them and if necessary, send troops to help with the Cartels and the bad eggs in the government.

    When the first CNN journalist's head turns up in a hat box for reporting too much on the wrong Cartel, they may step out of their narcistic delusions and start to report some common sense.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. M P

    These guys exactly express my views. Good show CNN.

    April 29, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. robyn

    1127? What country do you live in? I see young people, old people, college students and moms and dads of all nationalities that are a American citizen working in the fields, changing the sheets in a hotel room and working in fast food. These days, there are alot of American citizens looking for a job...anything...to provide for their family. AZ has a huge crime rate involving drugs, kidnapping and murder. (compare) And what a joke! All the protesters most likely are illegals. And come on, the only reason that businesses will hire an illegal is because they will work cheap. People are taking advantage of them, rightly so huh? And if all these illegals have amnesty they themselves will be out of work too because they will demand more money. God, what a never ending cycle!

    April 29, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hello1958

    U.S. citizens are going to jail (in the great United States) now because they do not have their birth certificate on their person. so if you think U.S. citizens are not going to be caught in the middle of this racial profiling, you are living in a fantasy world. U.S. citizens like me who have all the "marking" of an illegal – early 50s, dark hair and eyes, brown olive skin, will be the main target for the police. Never mind that I only speak one language – English and I do not know how to make tortillas. And if I have to carry my birth certificate to prove my citizenship, so do you. Regardless the color or our skin and hair.

    April 30, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
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