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. Black-Man1

    I voted for this president–mistake. It appears the Mexican president is putting his country first (Mexico) and our President (Obama) is putting Mexico first as well. There's an invasion on our southern border and the president is siding with the invaders over our own citizens and Arizona–unbelievable. Mexico is not a friend–Mexico lost a war and land–and they are slowly recapturing their loss. No AMNESTY. Here's an idea Mr. President, why don't you work on americans getting jobs.

    May 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      Mexico did not loose a war to the US, they lost to The Peoples Rebublic of Texas. I am not trying to be rude but look at the histiry of the war with Santa Anna. He stated, I do not remember exactly when but it was around the battle for the Alamo, "if we loose this war we will be begging crumbs from them for generations to come". He also said later after the battles of Goliad and San Jacinto when he signed over right to the Texas territories to Sam Houston that Mexico would slowly reclaim what is rightfully thiers. It seems he was not not only a bad leader but also prophetic. Too bad for him his insight wasn't a little closer to his own lifetime. He might have won the war.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    Is it true that Canada, USA, & Mexico are gonna come together as one country and the new currency will be called the AMERO ???

    May 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • SupportAZ

      There is movement in that direction in order to satisfy corporations. However, the Canadians support their own sovereignty and so are placing obstacles in the politicians' paths. Yes, Mexico wants open borders.

      May 22, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    HELOOOOO!!!! MCFLY!! IS ANYBODY OUTHERE

    May 20, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. bloodwyn

    Hernandez – You have got to be kidding. You are the one that needs to get an education, you must be from California. I'll give you one little fact, please look it up, it is easily researched.

    Illegals account for 22% of all felonies committed in Arizona. If we get rid of the illegals, our felony crime rate drops by 22% Show me ANY city in America that wouldn't be jumping up and down for joy if they could get their felony crime rate to drop 22%

    That is just the felony rate. Other crimes rate just as high. These liberal miscreants want you to belive it is a race issue to cloud the issue and deflect the truth. Their real objective and belief is, under Obama they will wave a magic wand and issue amnesty. If they do, they believe the illegals will register as Democrats. I talked with some Democrats over the last week, as I am a registered Democrat. They are laughing, waiting for the amnesty they believe will come. As they put it, it will change the political landscape in Arizona.

    What they don't realize is, most people, Democrats and Republicans believe in the rule of law. And the polls bear this out. The citizens of Arizona and America want our laws enforced. The #2 cash-crop in Mexico is money sent back from the U.S. That sucking sound you hear is our American dollars siphoned off into Mexico, propping up their economy at the expense of ours.

    Wake up America, if they are here illegally, they need to go home and come back through the legal process. They want to be citizens? Great! Do it legally.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      You should post actual numbers not percentages. Percentages look good on paper but it is not the same as posting real numbers. Also, is it 22% of the 38% crime rate, so this means your rate drops to 16%, or is this lessening the total crime rate by 22% which reflects only about 6-8% of the crime rate. Which means you drop from around 38% down to 30-32%. Any drop is benificial, but you should post the real numbers so people can facts for themselves.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. ONLY ONE TRUE NATIVE INDIAN NATION!

    HAHAHA, I THINK YOU PEOPLE WHO COME FROM OTHER COUNTRIES ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INTO THIS LAND ONCE BELONG TO NATIVE INDIAN AMERICAN! THIS LAND WAS ALL TOOK AWAY BY WHITE PEOPLE, THEY THINK THEY FOUND LAND THAT NO ONE CLAIM? THIS WAS ALL NATIVE INDIAN AMERICA'S LAND, YOU ALL TOOK IT AWAY FROM THEM, THIS COST MORE THAN THEIR LIVE, THIS COST MORE THAN ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FROM MEXICO WHO LOOKING FOR WORK BUT NOT TO TAKE THEIR LAND! YOU WHITE PEOPLE ARE DRUG ADDICTS, DRUNKENS, RAPISTS, MOLESTERS, INFECTION THE WORLD... THE DRUGS COME FROM MEXICO ARE FOR THOSE WHITE PEOPLE, JUST LIKE WHEN WHITE PEOPLE GIVE ALCHOLOC TO NATIVE INDIAN AMERICAN AND GOT THEM ADDICTED ON THIS, THEY SUFFER, THIS COST THEIR LIVES, YOU COULD NOT COMPARE IT TO MEXICO ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, YOU JUST SHUT UP WHITE PEOPLE, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU TOOK FROM OUR LAND, YOU WHITE PEOPLE THINK YOU ARE ALL POWER ALL OVER WORLD ADN TELL PEOPLE WHO CANT AND WHO CAN? NOW I AM LAUGHING HARD, BECAUSE NOW MEXICO IS COMING AND THEY WILL TOOK YOUR JOBS, YOUR EDUCATIONS, YOUR WOMEN, YOUR CHILDREN, AND FREE WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS, PELL GRANTS, ANYTHING THEY GET FOR FREE, INCLUDE MEDICINE, FOR AS LONG AS THEY KEEP ON COMING INTO USA, AND YOU WHITE PEOPLE SHUT THE F UP... QUIT BEING PIG! ALL WE NEED NOW IS IMMIGRATION REFORM! STOP BEING SELFISH, WHAT YOUR ANCESTORS DONE LONG TIME AGO TO NATIVE INDIAN AMERICANS IS ENOUGH! SO HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WE WILL GET FREE MEDICINE, FREE EDUCATION, FREE FOOD STAMPS, FREE HOUSE ASSISTS, ANYTHING FREEEEEEE! PLUS WE TAKE YOUR JOBS! YOUR WOMEN TOO! WHITE WOMEN LIKE LATINOS! BUT WHITE WOMEN ARE JUST FOR FUN AND USE TILL WE GET CITIZEN! lol lol lol

    May 20, 2010 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Huff

      Taken by whites? Hmm, who invaded South and Central America and Mexico ? Who governs that land today?

      May 20, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • cdOG3

      I know we don't have to worry about you taken our jobs. You can barely write, good luck taken our jobs with your grammar skills.

      May 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren Serkin

      Don't forget, Indians are not native to the any of the Americas but crossed the land bridge from what is now Russia. All Indians in the Americas are descended from immigrants so don't be giving me that Native crap. Native to me is anyone who was born here.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      It is because of people like you that we have racism, and I believe from your own statements you are of latino descent. So who is the bigger racist, whites who hate mexicans or mexicans who hate whites.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. John Ramirez

    I do no care who the law is targeting. America cannot afford to feed and educate and provid emedical care or even incarcerate the numbers of people flowing across it's borders from Mexico. I am hispanic and applaud the law. I hope the officers are fair and enforce it wisely but we need to change our laws. Also for the record I KNOW Mexicans work harder thand poor Americans.. particularly those on Medicaid. Wish I could do a 1 for 1 trade but I cant.

    May 20, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. phyllo

    The borders states are facing huge cash oulays supporting illegals which includes welfare fraud, hospital costs as well as unacceptable crime rates. I 'm not concerned about where illegals come from, but they pose an unacceptable burden on those of us paying taxes and health care costs. These facts are indisputable. Is there a fairness issue associated with the Arizona law? Only a fool would deny it but the ferderal government hasn't the stones to inforce the immigration laws already on the books. They reacted out of frustration and the legitimate country of residence of the illegals has no desire to help stop the influx. The fact that the new law enjoys large public support speaks volumes.

    May 20, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  8. mabbie13

    This is not a civil rights issue, this is not a race issue. The issue is that these people who sneak into our country illegally are breaking the law. Should we start changes laws for people who don't seem to think that these laws are for them? Yes people will continue to sneak into our country illegally but people will also continue to commit murder, steal, and do a number of things that are against the law. Should we change our laws so that they can get away with these things too? What don't people understand about breaking the law? Do you actually think the Mexican government would welcome 12 million Americans into their country illegally like he is asking us to do of his illegals? I do not want anyone in this country who is here illegally here, but if you come legally, then you are welcome.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Huff

    How does an officer, state or federal determine ones legal right to be in this country? The only way is to ask for ID that shows such. However, if anyone is of Hispanic decent and is asked they cry racism. I am a proud American and have been asked for ID by federal border patrol agents routinely along Arizona as well as California highways. Was I racially profiled because of my dark skin? Or was it because I often have family of Mexican descent with me? Maybe so but I don't mind one bit nor do they. Our border cannot be left wide open for those who wish to come illegally rather than enter as my family did legally.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. Anya

    That's what you get for being here ILLEGALLY. If you don't like it, then shut up and LEAVE! It is not about race, color, or are you a nice person or not. The point is, you BROKE THE LAW IN THE FIRST PLACE, then expect your consequences. I understand many people come to the US for a better life, that's fine, just follow PROPER LEGAL procedure like millions of people of have already done it! Now it is like you invaded into someone's home without permission and complain to the homeowner that they are making you to leave. wth? what would you do if you are the homeowner? It is not about color, its about who broke who's rule first.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. just me

    To gia – if I get pulled over, it won't come to them asking me about my immigration status because 1. I have a US Drivers License. 2. I speak English. So yes, I'm not worried and I won't be offended because I rather people do their job just as I do mine.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cdOG3

    Put it up for a vote, let the people decide what should happen. The Dems are afraid that they will lose alot of illegal votes in Nov.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scott

    I am sick and tired of this crap. I have no problem with individuals from Mexico coming to America and becoming CITIZENS. The part people have chosen to forget is the all the money that is leaving this country. That is one reason the Mexican president is fighting so hard because almost all of those illegal immigrants that are in America send millions of US dollars down to Mexico, doing nothing for our economy. We need politicians who are willing to fight for our country not just tryin to woo the people into voting for them again so that they can keep on doing nothing in office

    May 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lisa

    First stop typing in all Caps it's rude, second illegals don't get a tax ID # thus making them illegal. If someone has one they have the right to be working here.

    May 20, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lisa

    This is America does it have a negative history yes but that is done, we live in 2010 we can't change history. Facts if it keeps going there won't be money to support illegals or legals, there won't be money for healtcare or education for legals or illegals at least that most working people can afford. this is not about race for the majority it's about the long term of AMERICA again AMERICA, we speak English we waive the American Flag...every country has a language and a flag and laws so why is it everyone feels the US should be different. Come here get a better life but do it the right way...

    May 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      Just for the record, the USA does NOT have a national language, we have a majority chosen language. A majority language is not the same as a national language. For instance in Canada they have French as their national language, but many people in all parts of Canada speak english very often, and French very little.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
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