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. concerncitizen

    Here is a solution:

    Since we are split between people who are supporting illegal immigration and those who opposed it. I think for each individual who think breaking the law is right and that illegal is not a crime, why don't they just sponsor the illegal families? Since there is an estimate of 12 million illegals here, it should only take 12 millions US Citizen who support illegal to sponsor them and pay for all their expenses so that other tax payers don't have to deal with it. Then these illegal folks will be legal and they will work and repay you for your kindness.

    If you keep on going back to history then you are not moving forward. This is the land of ALL Americans. You don't feel American, you have to BE an American and to be an American, you must learn the language, apply for legal entry, and sworn in to be a citizen of this great country. I find it interesting that most of the supporters said they support illegals because these people slave in the field picking fruits or clean the restroom at restaurant for them to have a sanitize place to do their business. Really? Is that what they really worth to you?

    May 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      One more interesting fact about the language spoken in America, specificly Texas. In the state of Texas shortly after we won our independence from Mexico, the vote to claim spanish as the offical language of Texas lost by only a few votes. Look it up if you don't believe me, using the truth is much more fun than making stuff up like I see many people doing throughout this blog.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      I like the idea of sponsorship. Put your money where your mouth is. Excellent idea. If you think something is unfair, do something about it. The something in this case would be pony up the bucks! International students (F1 visas) must have a sponsor and provide evidence of income and health insurance. The US Govt stipulates that F1 students may not take advantage of medical/social services while in the country. There are also strict employment guidelines. Why should illegal immigrants have more rights than people who enter the country legally? In Texas illegal immigrants are not supposed to receive social services, but then they have babies in the US... Sponsors needed...

      May 22, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |

    Mexican President Felipe Calderon said at the White House Wednesday that Arizona's controversial new immigration law is causing "our people to face discrimination." No Problem.....just keep your people in Mexico and there will be no problem. If they want to enter the USA then do it the legal way like everybody else. That is why everyone is mad, the Mexicans want to sneak in like a criminal and most of them are. They come in US, kill and rob then run back to Mexico to hide. We need to start sending them home in body bags!!!!!

    I have no problem if they enter the US legal, like anyone else from Germany or Italy, etc. If not they need to be arrested!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |

    Obama and other politicians need to read these post and maybe they might learn something. People are tired of our borders being abused and illegal mexicans coming to the US. Wake up Washington or it's going to be you that is unemployed come November....... 70% of these post are in favor of the Arizona law. Can Washington win against those numbers in November. I don't think so. We need to protect our borders with or without Mexico blessings.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AGuest9


    May 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
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  6. Historytellsus

    Obama = hypocrit

    He who got his illegal aunt pardoned is preaching to Arizona? Seems like HE can't even follow the rules, so who is this HUGE hypocrite to pass judegement upon Arizona?


    May 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GA mom

    Harsh You Say?????

    1. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools, no special ballots for elections, and all government business will be conducted in our language.

    2. Foreigners will NOT have the right to vote, no matter how long they are here.

    3. Foreigners will NEVER be able to hold political office.

    4. Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food stamps, no health care, nor any other government assistance programs.

    5. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.

    6. If foreigners do come and want to buy land that will be okay, BUT options will be restricted. You are not allowed to own waterfront property. That property is reserved for citizens naturally born into this country.

    7. Foreigners may not protest; no demonstrations, no waving a foreign flag, no political organizing, no "bad-mouthing" our president or his policies. If you do you will be sent home.

    8. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be hunted down and sent straight to jail.

    Harsh, you say ?...

    The above laws happen to be the immigration laws of "MEXICO"!

    May 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommy

      I don't blame you for posting those. I'm actually kinda glad you did, but this is America not mexico. Some of those laws we need here, some of those laws are so obviously racist towards, not a specific skin color but, towards a specific group of people who have legaly entered Mexico.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • SupportAZ

      Thanks for posting this. We have 300 million people in this country already, and the highest rate of Legal Immigration in the world. We are bursting at the seams and have a 10 percent unemployment rate. Illegal aliens–including those who have overstayed their visas–should be deported, with the children they've borne here. This situation is just ridiculous and no other country in the world puts up with this kind of bullying.

      To me, that is what illegal aliens are–especially hispanics, who have marched through our streets with flags of other countries. They are nothing but bullies who need to be stopped.

      May 22, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. paul merino

    What do you call 15 mexicans in a circle?( A dope ring )
    What do you call 5 mexicans driving home in a car?( Organized crime)
    What do you call a mexican in a three piece suit? ( the defendant)
    What do you call one white guy surrounded by 1 thousand mexicans? ( the warden)

    May 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Do you really think this is the forum for dumb jokes? I thought it was a forum to discuss, intelligently, what we all think of immigration, not the "joke forum". Or do you not really have an opinion?

      May 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • SupportAZ

      I think jokes are good. There are all kinds of jokes: blond jokes, etc., etc., etc. Go for it.

      May 22, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. watersurf

    call on all americans rip down mexican flag burn put on u-tube

    May 21, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. watersurf

    wake up america the next attack is coming right across border the question what kind of WMD

    May 21, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. watersurf

    just think obama hate america so much he is doing nothing

    May 21, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. watersurf

    just think illegals laughing getting free health care taking our jobs and rapping robbing killing ameria citizens

    May 21, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. watersurf

    LA says boycott AZ but wont cut the power off how retared are they any boycott ofAZ is boycott on america

    May 21, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. watersurf

    lock and load report all illegals

    May 21, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. watersurf

    mexico is going to get guns no matter what but is illegals getting the ones from states

    May 21, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
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