May 19th, 2010
12:35 PM ET

Obama: Arizona law a 'misdirected' expression of 'frustration'

[Updated at 12:34 p.m.] President Barack Obama said during a meeting Wednesday with Mexican President Felipe Calderon that Arizona's immigration law is a "misdirected" expression of "frustration."

He said his administration is taking a close look at the law, particularly in terms of its civil rights implications.

[Updated at 12:26 p.m.] U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday during a meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderon that the two leaders have agreed to work toward a U.S.-Mexico border that is "modern, secure and efficient."

[Posted at 10:23 a.m.] Mexican President Felipe Calderon said at the White House Wednesday that Arizona's controversial new immigration law is causing "our people to face discrimination."

Calderon made his comments during a news conference held with President Barack Obama.

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  1. Annie

    Hello, I live in Arizona:

    Let me just say I have the perfect solution!

    Solution to Immigration Problems:

    • Arizona cannot continue to support the influx of illegal immigrants into its state.
    • Since the Obama administration and various other states wish to harbor these illegal immigrants in the United States. The solution is that the other states should have this opportunity;
    • Arizona should only be a stopping point for their true destination which is any other state except Arizona.
    • This would solve many of Arizona’s financial problems and allow all the OTHER states the opportunity to share in making the American Dream real for these illegal immigrants.
    • If the other states would like to pay the state of Arizona for generously sharing their non-English speaking illegal aliens into their workforce, compensation to Arizona would be readily accepted.
    • And free transportation to other states could be provided from all the health and welfare organizations that would immediately have an influx of cash i.e. prison systems, des, driver’s license, hospitals, schools, etc.

    Furthermore I would like to bring forth that this is NOT an attempt at slave trading. It is merely a solution to make the American dream available to all illegal immigrants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, or whether or not they have broken any laws known to the United States of American.

    If the states don't want to support the federal law and want to harbor and give sanctuary to these illegal aliens, I think that's fine. Let them take them. We in Arizona however, do not want illegal's here.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • barry

      I agree with u annie. as the law is written the only change is that the police now have the right to deport insted of turning them over to ice where nothing happens

      May 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. alexm

    HOW ABOUT AMERICANS TO ADMIT ALREADY THAT THEY ARE TH NUMBER ONE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD THAT CONSUMES DRUGS AND BLAME MEXICO FOR DRUG VIOLENCE WHEN IN REALTY AMERICANS CRAVE DRUGS AND MONEY .. AND MEXICO IS JUST SUPPYING THAT DEMAND, ALSO FRO AMERICANS TO STOP THE FLOW OF GUNS AND MONEY THAT FUELS THE VIOLENCE IN MEXICO

    May 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      The USA is only tops for Cocaine use although one can find studies to show anything you want. Europe and Asia are by far the number one users of Heroine, mostly coming from Afghanistan.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      To clue you in Amersterdam is actually the highest currently using drug area per capita. The difference is in Amersterdam many of the drugs that are illegal here are perfectly legal, and heavily taxed there.

      May 21, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anon

    Jumpnroll – the difference is that those people who came here through Ellis Island did so LEGALLY.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Terraprieta

    President Obama is right, people are frustrated. We are frustrated with the lack of enforcement of our immigration laws.

    Obama could order ICE to pick up for deportation all foreign nationals that have committed crimes and are set for release by local and state jails (the San Francisco sheriff reports that ICE only comes to pick up 10% of the criminal aliens in their jail).

    Obama could fire the head of the Border Patrol, who recently issued an invitation to a flood of further illegal immigration when he stated that 'we cannot deport 10 million people.

    ICE and Obama brag about deporting 400,000 people last year, when estimates are 10 to 30 million illegal immigrants are in the country.

    With ICE and the Border Patrol at their current level of effort, the number of illegal residents just gets bigger every year.

    Instead of enforcing the laws, Obama castigates Arizona. And the rage in the country grows.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Juan

    I hope obama stamps the mark of the beast right on your forehead.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • barry

      OOOOOH!!! do you have your papers

      May 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PowerSalesJobs

    The Arizona law is just an example of how little we remember our own history. This law may be the springboard for a national debate and policy creation. The fact is the law can effect more people especially the ones that forget to carry the right papers with them.

    May 19, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan

    Im an american that doesn't have a job, I have 2 kids, lives at home with moma and lives off foodstamps. So nows your chance to say whatever it is you want to me.

    May 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sociological_Imagination

      Not being rude or disrespectful to your situation, my question is... Are you willing to work as a fruit picker? They get paid less than 5 dollars a day for AT LEAST 8 hours of work. No benefits for you or you children. When they set contracts with the farmers, they expect you to sleep in their camps, which if you look for picture are HORRIBLE. You usually have to work through a contractor who already takes a percentage of your pay and charge you another percentage for the items used in the camps and its services to you.... There are NO LAWS protecting not even the real Americans from this job, because they've found ways around it all... now, my question to you again, would you like the Mexicans to leave and you become the fruit picker that they are looking for?

      May 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Annie

      Americans are not stupid enough to work under those conditions, and once that happens, I guarantee you that if they want fruit pickers, they are going to change their way of doing business.

      May 19, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • barry

      Dan, get rid of the illegals u would have a job, your house and be able to get off foodstamps

      May 19, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      to sociological.....there ARE laws protecting them. The federal wage has been increased repeatedly over the last 2 decades. It was barely $3 when i first started working, it is now over $7. If it wasn't for the illegal immigrants here that are willing to work for those wages and in those conditions, the farmers would have no choice but to pay minimum wage to workers who are here legally, regardless of whether they come from from Mexico or Antartica.

      May 21, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sociological_Imagination

    I am Hispanic and a Naturalized Citizen of this country since the age of 3. I went through 12 years of American Education and another 6 years doing undergraduate and graduate work. I am on my way of getting my Ph.D. in Anthropology and I have come to notice that it took COLLEGE and TEACHING MYSELF that Americans, especially WASP's, are full of a lot of ::insert demeaning word here::.
    Within 12 years of public education, nowhere do they teach you that America is full of WASPs that created laws as they were affecting their hold of power in this country. How did I come up with such a bizarre idea?! Well, history my friend. Learning the TRUE history of America that no one really knows since its all sugar-coated by the education department and who THEY choose to create the text books that teach our children, which are 95% owned by WASPs.

    America at ALL points in his history has found one group of people to discriminate upon to avoid that all minorities join forces and cause a great change in America through the use of laws. It all started with the changing definitions of citizenship as introduced in the Naturalization Act of 1790: "The franchise, for example, was broadened to extend voting rights to unpropertied white men at the same time that black voters were specifically disenfranchised, arguably shifting the property required for voting from land to whiteness". A century later in between 1868-1870, African Americans, were finally given freedom, but they were still second class citizens for mmmaaaannnnyyyy decades to come and never having the right to vote since they were not even allowed to buy property.

    May 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      You know, America and "WASP's" (as YOU like to put it) don't own the market on discrimination. Several countries all over the world discriminate against a group or groups of people due to religion, socio-economic issues, tribal history,etc. People who exclaim that it's "WASP's" (offensive) or simply just white people that are racist, who cause all the problems, etc. are the true RACISTS. Saying the human race is filled with bigoted, discriminatory, or power hungry individuals is one thing, however, yelling that it's all the whites in the world that cause problems is as racist as saying that all the problems are caused by brown, black or yellow people. Again, human nature is such all over the world, that almost always some person or group wants to be in power and others suffer for it.

      May 20, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      You sound a little fanatical and militant. It is a fact that this country, and white men, in general have struggled. The premise on which the this country was conceived was called the "Great Experiment." The word "experiment" usually means that things may not go exactly ideal. Making the changes in laws, beliefs, and social & legal practices is what we do to advance American society. The "Great Experiment" is still going on. Illegal immmigration is a social & legal issue. It has problems. It must be dealt with. It will be a struggle. The solution is not: everyone gets in; everyone gets to stay because white people have been bad in the past. Just as non-white citizens and legal residents must be fully enfranchised and illegal immigrants must be treated with dignity as we enforce immigration laws for American society to evolve; whites cannot be demonized. Negativity is a two-way street and it breeds devisiveness.

      May 22, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    Quite frankly, I'm tired of funding and harboring illegal's in this country, where ever it is. Illegal immigration has caused unrepairable damage to this country and things are just getting worse.

    My family had to follow the rules and even learn English, when they came here, and guess what... they did it proudly and we still do. It wasn't easy either, took a lot of time and effort to legally get here but we persevered.

    I only hope that all states start enforcing immigration laws and either deport and/or even punish those who continue to attempt to illegally enter this country. We cannot live in a country of lawlessness, just because it benefits you or someone you know.

    May 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sociological_Imagination

    Then in 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Acts began to uproar and now Chinese were not allowed in the country AFTER they were all brought over with OTHER laws to do the nasty work that no one wanted to do. If it wasn't because Chinese physical characterisitcs were best for working in the mountains of Western America, maybe Mexicans could've came, but unfortunately, WASPs knew that the hunting for gold and railroad work was more convenient when done by Asians. BUt then they all are kicked out after their work is done and enough eastern Europeans decided to migrate west and be able to pick up the dirty work of the Chinese. And not long after in 1917 were the Asian Indians discriminated upon with a law that used "geographical criterion to exclude Asian Indians, because their racial or ethnic status was unclear" (<- what is this AMERICA?!)

    Lets clear that America has a history of discriminating against MINORITIES, which also includes WOMEN. Women were discriminated by white men as well! It took women to raise up for their right to vote in 1920.

    May 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • barry

      minority's,are not illigals, we are not against legal immagration but when they take our jobs and money they need to go.come over legal like the rest of us.. their is room for one FLAG in America ONE

      May 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sociological_Imagination

    Blaming immigrants for causing the increase of crime rate is ridiculous. The upper class commits far more crime than the lower class, being that of citizens or immigrants. Street criminals stole $15.3 billion in 1993, but white collar-criminals embezzled $200 billion. Street criminals murdered 23,271 people that year, but the decisions of profit-driven corporations murdered at least 318,368 (through pollution, consumer and worker safety violations, etc.)

    May 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • barry

      No one is blaming immigrants, were blaming illigal immigrants BIG DIFFERENCE. illigal meaning NOT LEGAL, Criminals

      May 19, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      The problem is with illegal immigrants, not legal immigrants. Do you live in Arizona and aware of the problem here? 8 out of the last 10 officers killed here in AZ were at the hands of illegals. A rancher was shot and killed by a group of illegals in Arizona just a few months ago. By far violent crimes including murders in Arizona have been largely committed by illegals. Illegal Coyotes are also responsible for mass murders. They offer the promise of a good life in Arizona, traffic illegals to Arizona, take their money and then kill them.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. HISTORY DOESN'T LIE

    TO TAMMYB, SCOTT ANDERSON AND ALL OTHER CLOWNS THINKING THIS IS YOUR HOUSE. FIRST OF ALL, THIS LAND BELONG TO NATIVE AMERICANS GIVEN TO THEM BY GOD. YOU GUYS CAME IN HERE AND STEAL IT, KILL ALMOST ALL OF THEM AND SLAVE THEM ON TOP OF THAT YOU BROUGHT OTHER SLAVES TO WORK THE LAND BECAUSE YOU DON'T LIKE TO WORK. THE ORIGINS OF THAT SIN CAN BE FOUND IN THE BIBLE THE HISTORY OF CAIN AND ABEL. CAIN DESCRIBED AS HAIRY, WHITE, SO ON AND ABEL AS DARK SKIN, WHO LOVES THE LAND, THE ANIMALS AND NATURE. Cain is referred to as εκ του πονηρου MEANING "from the evil one"
    THINK ABOUT WHAT RACE LOVES WARS,INVASIONS, HATES OTHER PEOPLE JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT. I CAN'T SAY EVERYBODY IS THIS WAY BECAUSE ON THE OTHER HAND THERE ARE MANY WHITE PEOPLE WHO ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE, THEY HAVE A GREAT HEART AND THEY'RE MARCHING SIDE BY SIDE WITH THEIR BROTHERS. MANY OF THEM SUFFER DISCRIMINATION AS WELL, THIS NATION HAS A HISTORY OF PICKING ON PEOPLE FIRST THE NATIVE AMERICANS, IRISH IMMIGRANTS, ITALIANS, AFRICAN AMERICANS, AMONG MANY OTHERS NOW IS THE TURN OF LATINOS TO BE THE PINATAS.
    SOME SILLY COMMENTS ABOUT THEM NOT PAYING TAXES, THEY PAID TAXES WITH THEIR TAX ID "ITIN". THEY JUST DON'T GET A REFUND. MANY OTHER STUPID COMMENTS THAT THEY REPEAT FROM RADIO TALK ING HEADS LIKE A PARROW. THEY NEVER ACTUALLY CHECK THE STATISTICS OR JUST CHECK THE INTERNET TO FIND OUT THE TRUTH. I'M ACTUALLY GLAD THAT ALL THIS WILL CHANGE IN 2012. THE MAYAN'S WERE VERY ADVANCED IN MATHEMATICS, ASTROLOGY AND MANY OTHER FIELDS. THEY HAVE SEEN THAT A NEW ERA WILL COME IN 2012. I HAVE READ EVERYTHING ABOUT OUR ORIGINS AND THE HISTORY OF ALL CIVILIZATIONS. NASA ALSO AGREES WITH THE SAME BUT THEY CALL IT "THE SUPER SOLAR FLARES" ABOUT THE SAME TIME 2012. IT IS TIME TO REPENT OF YOUR SINS.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • barry

      Well if 2012 leads to a new ago, you won't have to worry because you will go right along with the rest of us.

      May 19, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Well I am sorry if I offended you in any way, but you named just about all of the backgrounds that I come from, most specifically Irish immigrants and Native Americans. I, too, have marched beside people of all backgrounds (well, except rich people, because I am not friends with any that I know of!) when it comes to issues of discrimination, and human rights. Heck, I was marching in protests while in Junior High regarding the Vietnam War and discrimination against Native Americans then, in the 70's. I have raised my children to disregard race, creed, or color, or religion when they look at a person....if a person is an A**hole, then that's what they are, no matter who they are. I protested the fact that white supremicists groups were holding a rally in public parks here in Phoenix....I don't like the fact my taxpayer money goes to fund hate groups in that case! It goes against my grain. I am a "heinz 57" of different people, as most Americans are. With that being said, I don't propose to stop immigration....that's what we were built on in this country. However, today is today....now is now. We cannot continue to support everyone from everywhere else. And every other nation has immigration laws which they ENFORCE. I am an American, who just wants EVERYONE to follow the rules. Again, I DON"T CARE WHERE YOU CAME FROM...if you are here illegally, try to become LEGAL. If you are found out before that happens, don't boo-hoo about it and scream discrimination. It is the LAW. Period.

      May 20, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Also to History Doesn't Lie.....if you really read history, or even know what's going on around you now, you are incorrect with your remarks about only whites love invasions, and wars. Look at the history of Spain....they were a conquering, invading force as well. Also, several countries in Africa (they are black) wipe each other out due to being different tribes as well as several Middle Eastern groups, which, by the way, are not white either. People are people, unforntunately, in some ways....when one group believes they are totally correct about an issue, alot of times, they will try to foist that on another group....doesn't matter where they are from.

      May 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      For someone who likes to quote the bible you do not have a very forgiving nature as your god commands. An YES I said COMMAND. There are many books in the bible, one of them I was certain said something about forgiveness.

      May 21, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • ctbeckyw

      NO NEED TO YELL. Unless your CAPS LOCK is broken, use your "inside" voice/keyboard. LOL!!

      May 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tracy

    WE ARE NOT ALL HERE ILLEGAL!!!!!!

    Please study your history. Throughout time civilizations fall due to being conquered by a greater military. The Native Americans were conquered by the Europeans that set up a new country called the United States of America. Therefore its citizens after the new government was formed are not illegal.This government has laws. Everyone within this governments boarders must abide by the rules and laws. Illegal means not to follow laws.
    I believe all illegal aliens, regardless of color or origin, are selfish. They make excuses to justify their contempt for our laws. They become upset with us by imposing our laws within our boarders. Our economy will not fall if you do not clean our homes, build our homes or pick our vegetables. We have survived hundreds of years without you or slaves. We may have a better economy if we did not have to pay to educate your kids and pay, your doctors bills and pay millions to guard your boarder. Make no mistake, the color of your skin (I am a black woman), does not intimidate me, but your total disregard for our laws does upset me.

    May 19, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. barry

    When our forefathers came here, over thousands of miles it was not to be Irish american or german american or mexican american it was to BE American's. We are a nation of laws when you say I want to be part of that what does that mean. That you live not as Irish American's or Mexican American's BUT as American's. Obeying the laws that our leaders wrote, if you don't like a law vote the guy out and elect someone with your views. however, if you find that you cannot live by the laws we have written go back where you came from. no harm no foul. WE as American's should never see another FLAG flying in our country Mexican or German or any other. No one is against legal immigrantion that's how we all got here including the native American's. Illigal immigrants on the other hand, have a free ride, using our laws against us. They have broken the law the minute they cross the border. Go down to Mexico illigally and see how well your treated, 2 years first offense 10 years after that., they need to go home and fix there own country we had to. Somethings are worth fighting for and until they realize this nothing will change in mexico. Stand up fight for your rights like we have had to do.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alex

    I'm with Tammy B, Tracy and others. Bad things happened in the past, but this is now and we have immigration laws. I support immigration, but legal only. That way I know the immigrant has a support system, a job, does not have communicable disease and is not a criminal. Then I welcome them. All this talk about those against illegal immigration as racists is just bullying. Yes, there is racism, but from all sides! Not all who are against illegal immigration care about race. I count myself among those who are NOT RACIST. I just want people in my country to follow its laws, like I do. I also clean my own house and take care of my own yard. I don't need or want slaves. Illegal immigration and having large groups of people living below the radar only invites the abuse of slavery. This situation can't continue. I did not vote for Obama OR McCain because they were both soft on illegal immigration. I will not vote for any politician who advocates amnesty. I support Arizona in their effort to address the issue. And I do not believe people will be pulled over just because they look Hispanic. I believe they must be committing a crime or have something wrong. If they forgot their ID, I am sure they will have an opportunity to produce it. Those who are legal have nothing to fear. Those who are illegal, go home, please!

    May 19, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
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